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Cycling up Great Dun Fell

One of Britain's iconic cycle climbs... Great Dun Fell is one of Britain's highest roads and an iconic climb for many road cyclists across the U.K. The total ascent rises to over 800m up a private road that ends at the NATS radar station at the top. Located just outside Appleby and 20 miles from Penrith, this Cumbrian hill is worthy of its mythical status. Just look out for the dead-end road sign, the Knock Christian Centre and get ready to start climbing.

There are no private cars allowed and traffic is very sparse in the surrounding area. Cyclists are allowed up to the top as the route is officially a public bridleway. The road surface is also super smooth and rises at certain points to gradients over 20% over a total distance of 7.5km.

Upon reaching the top, you can see for miles around into the Pennines and the nearby Lake District. It is an eerie place and very exposed though the views are worth the relentless ride to the summit. The descent is fast, technical and hazardous sheep roam around freely.

In July, I decided to make a return to the climb after my last visit almost a year to the day and was joined by Simon who fancied a tough day of climbing out in Cumbria.

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