Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot

Elevation profile Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Elevation profile Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Elevation profile Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
479
difficulty points
13.9%
avg. gradient
24.8%
steepest 100 meters
2.2km
length
300m
total ascent

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Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot is a climb in the region Lake District. It is 2.2km long and bridges 300 vertical meters with an average gradient of 13.9%, resulting in a difficulty score of 479. The top of the ascent is located at 400 meters above sea level. Climbfinder users shared 5 reviews of this climb and uploaded 12 photos.

Road name: Hardknott Pass

5.0 by SingingHOG
Absolutely a must-do bucket list climb. Hardknott from Eskdale had become an iconic climb partly because it is on the Fred Whitton sportive route at around the 155km mark. Also the scenery is spectacular, the poor tarmac, bad cambers, streams across the road, stutter bumps and tight hairpins will ... read more
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Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot

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Cycling routes

Personally mapped out and verified by climbfinder!
Name Distance Total ascent Climbs
Fred Whitton Challenge
Fred Whitton Challenge
5.0
174.2km 2975m 16

Statistics

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
This climb
Lake District
84 climbs
North West England
210 climbs
England
2132 climbs
Europe
46477 climbs
Difficulty points
479
rank
1
rank
2
29% easier than
Great Dun Fell from Knock
rank
2
29% easier than
Great Dun Fell from Knock
rank
4529
Average gradient
13.9%
rank
1
rank
2
39% less steep than
The Corkscrew
rank
23
39% less steep than
The Corkscrew
rank
366
53% less steep than
Calçada do Rêgo Lameiro
Length
2.2km
rank
44
85% shorter than
Shap Fell from Kendal
rank
111
85% shorter than
Shap Fell from Kendal
rank
762
rank
23530
Total ascent
300m
rank
8
31% less ascent than
Shap Fell from Kendal
rank
21
52% less ascent than
Great Dun Fell from Knock
rank
55
52% less ascent than
Great Dun Fell from Knock
rank
11170

Classification

Famous climb
Beautiful scenery
Hidden gem
4 hairpin turns

Road surface condition

0% 44% 56%
Based on 9 votes
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Traffic

38% 63% 0%
Based on 8 votes
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Climbing times

7 km/h 00:18:31
11 km/h 00:11:47
15 km/h 00:08:38
19 km/h 00:06:49

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Reviews (5)

hiker999
2 Mo 5.0 00:59:06 (2.2km/h)

One of the hills on the Fred Whitton Challenge.
Approach from the beautiful Eskdale valley where the anticipation of the climb ahead will build up.

The climb proper starts at the phone box/cattlegrid (grid ref NY211011) with an immediate steep section. The climbing is relentless but eases slightly near the Roman Fort. From here the going gets tougher with the 30% bend calling for low gears or tough legs, perhaps both.

You will get shouts of encouragement from walkers but watch out for cars.

Once you reach the top have a rest and take in the view and perpared for the scary downhill with steep drops and tight bends.

Road bikes will call for you being on the drops to lever the most from your brakes.

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
landerlbb
11 Mo 5.0
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Through the rolling approach from Eksdale, the tension is already starting to build, you know the Lake District beast is coming. At the phone box lies your last chance to call for help. There you turn right and immediately know what time it is with instant percentages to 25% over the first 'cattle green. Between the ferns you climb through the first part of Hardknott. Smaller hairpin bends saddle you with the dilemma of sitting crawling or dragging yourself up standing. For a moment you can either gasp or gear up, the sight of the 2nd part of the climb will make most mere mortals opt for the former. Because what follows is waarmnzinnig brutal, percentages that reach 33% and where you have to give everything in you to get to the top. Once at the top, I strongly recommend taking a moment to look back at the fantastic scenery.

Via de glooiende aanloop vanuit Eksdale begint de spanning al toe te nemen, je weet dat het beest van Lake District eraan komt. Aan de telefooncel ligt je laatste kans om hulp te bellen. Daar draai je rechts op en weet je direct hoe laat het is met direct percentages tot 25% over de eerste 'cattle groen. Tussen de varens klim je door het eerste deel van Hardknott. Kleinere haarspeldbochten zadelen je met het dilemma zittend kruipen of je staand naar boven slepen op. Even kan je uithijgen of bijschakelen, de blik op het 2de deel van de klim zal de meeste gewone stervelingen voor het eerste doen kiezen. Want wat volgt is waarmnzinnig brutaal, percentages die oplopen tot 33% en waar je alles in je moet geven om boven te komen. Eenmaal op de top raad ik je ten stelligste aan om even achterom te kijken naar het fantastische landschap.

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
pumpkin777
1 y 5.0
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Fantastic climb in a beautiful landscape. It is very steep, but therefore just cool to have done once with the challenge of not having to dismount. Once at the top, you have great views over the valley between Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass. The tarmac winds through the landscape like a black lace. The first stretch of descent is also work, but once you've had that there's no turning back to do another monster climb :D

Fantastische klim in een prachtig landschap. Hij is erg steil, maar daarom juist tof om eens gedaan te hebben met als uitdaging om niet af te hoeven stappen. Eenmaal boven heb je een prachtig uitzicht over het dal tussen de Hardknott Pass en de Wrynose Pass. Het asfalt kronkelt als een zwarte veter door het landschap. Het eerste stuk afdalen is ook werken, maar als je dat eenmaal hebt gehad is er geen weg meer terug om nog een monsterbeklimming te doen :D

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Reinier
1 y 4.0

Beautiful climb and great views, but very very steep. If you don't bring the big gears you'll defenitily will have to put your feet to the ground, so come prepared.

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
SingingHOG
2 y 5.0

Absolutely a must-do bucket list climb. Hardknott from Eskdale had become an iconic climb partly because it is on the Fred Whitton sportive route at around the 155km mark. Also the scenery is spectacular, the poor tarmac, bad cambers, streams across the road, stutter bumps and tight hairpins will challenge your bike handling skills and if you do this climb you then have to complete several other tough ones in order to complete any ride. As you can see from the profile it has two very steep sections with a rest in between - there is even a very small (20 metres long) descent near the Roman fort. The data is misleading, however - the steepest section over 100 metres is shown at 22% whereas there are actually several sections well over 25% and one is famously well over 30% - see photos. 80%+ of cyclists get off on this section during the Fred Whitton - I know because I've done this sportive 4 times and taken photos on Hardknott during it many times.
So there is the challenge - not how fast can you get up this climb but can you do it without putting a foot down or stopping, especially if you are over 90kg like me. Bring gears. Big ones.

Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot
Hardknott Pass from Beckfoot