Great Dun Fell is a mountain peak at an elevation of 848m (2,782ft) above the sea level, located in Cumbria, England. It’s said to be the highest road in Britain.
Nestled in the Pennines mountain range, on a barren landscape, the summit hosts a radar station, key part of the Air Traffic Control system for Northern England and Southern Scotland. The construction of this radar station led to the repaving of a tarred road to the summit, which became Britain's highest road.
Starting from Knock, the ascent is 7.29 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 593 meters, with an average percentage of 8.1 %. The climb can be split into several distinguishable sections – each no less grueling than the last as the gradient rises towards one-in-four. It hits a 16% through some of the ramps.
The paved road to the Great Dun Fell is marked as private from just above the village of Knock, and not open to public motor vehicles. However, it is a bridleway until shortly before the radar station, so it is open to walkers, cyclists and horseriders. The climb has been dubbed as the Ventoux of the North Pennines. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
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