Cumbrian rides mapped…

Some of you may enjoy studying the route maps of the rides on my recent trip to Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. They make fascinating reading. The relief contours tell you a lot about the terrain. We don’t have any high mountains in this country, but we have hills and gradients that compete with anywhere on the continent.

Continental road engineers mastered the art of levelling out the climbs, by creating the switchback. British road engineers, on the other hand, looked for the shortest route over a hill and built the road accordingly……ie. straight over the top. Hence, we have roads of 20%, 25% and, yes, even 30%. Thank goodness this one over Wrynose and Hardknott Passes was off our route!IMAG1965

We cyclists like to boast and brag about the murderous climbs we’ve conquered, and complain bitterly about the climbs that have conquered us. But we never give in……..

Over the Pennines 121km/70 miles

Over the Pennines 121km/75 miles

Aug 20th

Yorkshire Dales and Lune Valley 127km/80miles

Red Bank 25%, Blea Tarn 25% Kirkstone Pass 20%

Red Bank 25%, Blea Tarn 25% Kirkstone Pass 20%

Solway Firth 114km/72miles

Solway Firth 114km/72miles

Honister Pass 25% 117km/73miles

Honister Pass 25% 117km/73miles

Eden Valley 65km/40 miles

Eden Valley 65km/40 miles

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on September 2, 2015, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thanks for this, would have been nice to have the profiles & climbing as well. I’ve been using an iPad app called Footpath, which is just amazing for planning bike rides, way better than anything else I’ve tried.

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  2. I understand, but the minutiae of riding stats is of scant interest to the average (non-cycling) reader. In that respect, I tend to steer a middle road. But could send you the gpx files…..

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  3. Hardknott Pass is great fun (in a car – not cycling, thank god!). Pity the poor Roman soldiers posted to the fort up there (and the people tasked with building it!).

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  4. A bit like the Etruscans before them, they used elevation for security…….but the Lakes District is not Tuscany!

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  5. It’s OK, easy enough to Footpath them, thanks anyways.

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  6. Taking the road less travelled…not surprised when you see the terrain !!

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  7. But, as a geographer, no doubt you have travelled them many times…….!

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