Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass: a brutally steep (28%) climb in England

Winnats Pass is a mountain pass located in the High Peak area of the Peak District, Derbyshire, England. The road to the summit averages over 10%, with a considerable section of 28% near the top.

The pass is located between the small towns of Hope and Sparrowpit. The surface of the road is asphalted but steep and narrow. It’s heavily used by road traffic. However, the narrowness of the road and its maximum slope has caused it to be closed to buses, coaches and vehicles over 7.5 tonnes in weight.
The road is called Winnats Pass road. It’s 5.8 miles long winding through a cleft, surrounded by towering limestone pinnacles. It’s one of the best motorcycle roads in Peak District, UK The climb travels through a natural amphitheatre with steep slopes and rock faces on either side of the road.

The road has been regularly featured in the Tour of the Peak cycle race each autumn. Starting from Castleton, the ascent is 1.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 188 meters. The average percentage is 11.7 %. It's not really long - just a few miles or so but kind of 'must see'.
Road suggested by: Mil Woz


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