Where to find it?
Head into Great Langdale branching right off the main Ambleside to Coniston Road. Follow the road down the valley with the Langdale Pikes and the Old and New Dungeon Ghyll Hotels on your right. The road starts to narrow at the valley head and turns left, you are now on the approach to the climb, does it really go up there? Yes it does…
Short and sharp, if it wasn’t for the high mountains all around you could be going up something in the North York Moors. The scenery here is second to none.
After an easy initial section the road goes right and is really steep, the sign says 25%, it’s probably not quite that but for 150 metres it is sustained hard climbing somewhere near to 18-20% I would think. After this it ‘eases’ to around 10-12% and twists and turns its way impressively up the fell side, the hairpin bends actually help, the climb ends at the cattlegrid.
6/7 Steep, but not long enough to have you in real trouble. On one occasion when myself, Dave Kirton and David Peacock approached the climb we were greeted by a rather large chap who proceeded to do an impression of a laughing policeman, so ridiculous was the task we were taking on as he saw it. Who’s to say he was wrong!