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Mountain Passes in the United Kingdom

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Whether it be for the views, for the climbs or for the downhill descents, browse our list of the best mountain passes in the United Kingdom and make your next adventure one to remember. Contributed by the community, for the community, each mountain pass Highlight is a personal recommendation you know you can trust, so simply find your favorite and go.

The top 20 mountain passes in the United Kingdom

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    1

    Buttertubs Pass

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Also known as the ‘Cote de Buttertubs’ if you were watching the 2014 Tour. Don’t let its cutesy name fool you – this 4.5km ascent touches 17% in parts

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    2

    Wrynose Pass East to West climb

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Savage, no two ways about it. Buy more gears. Also the view coming down the other side is out of this world!!

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    3

    Bealach na Ba

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Proclaimed as one of the UK’s toughest and most magnificent stretches of tarmac, complete with stunning scenery and the greatest amount of ascent of any British road

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    4

    Honister Pass

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Imposing and consistently steep, with the hardest stretch near the top and a long stretch of rising road beforehand that will start to tax you before you even reach the climb proper

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    5

    The Tumble - Y Tymbl

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    The Tumble - One of Britains most favourites climbs!

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    6

    Bwlch Y Groes

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Number 91 on Top 100 Climbs...

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    7

    Pen y Pass

    Hiking Highlight

    Good parking for pyg and miners trail to snowdon.

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    8

    Kirkstone Pass

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Challenging Lake District climb with spectacular views and a pub at the top - what more could you want?!

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    9

    The Corrieyairack Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    The Corrieyairack Pass has somewhat legendary status in these parts. It climbs up to 2,526 feet (770 meters) and forms part of a network of military roads built in this …

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    10

    Snake Pass

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    This popular climb is unusually long for the Peak District and thankfully takes its name from a pub along its route, rather than any actual snakes

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    11

    Dunkery Beacon road summit

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Phew, you've reached the top of Dunkery Beacon on the road!

    Best tackled from the coastal northern side near the quaint village of Porlock, this 2 mile (3.2 km) climb …

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    12

    Great Dun Fell climb

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Great Dun Fell is one mighty road climb heading up onto the Pennines and summiting at 2,900 feet (895 m), with an average gradient of 9% ramping up to a …

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    13

    Quiraing Pass

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A nicer route you will not find on Skye. The one-lane road over Quiraing takes your breath away. She is a dream for everyone and everyone on the bike.

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    14

    Llanberis Path

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    This is one of the three bridleway climbs up Mount Snowdon that is permissible for cycling. You'll need a mountain bike, and to follow the summer access restrictions on Snowdon. …

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    15

    Gatescarth Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Not the most technical, no, this is a packhorse doubletrack all the way, with everything that entails, but it's still a stiff climb in both length and height. Your legs …

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    16

    Sticks Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Fast and open at the top, becoming more narrow singletrack further down, and ending in a series of hugely fun switchbacks, Sticks Pass (the Ullswater side as a descent from …

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    Barney
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    17

    Dylife Gorge Viewpoint

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Dylife Gorge is a stunning valley in Mid Wales with the River Twymyn carving through its hills. It was formed during the last Ice Age. The viewpoint offers an amazing view over the gorge.

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    18

    Nan Bield Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    As you'd perhaps expect, biking the pass from north to south is no small matter. Passing up by Small Water Crag, the pass is extremely steep, and you'll no doubt …

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    Barney
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    19

    Bealach an Sgairne

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Flanked by rocky mountains to either side, this pass, named Bealach an Sgairne or Bealach Pass, is an incredible route by bike or foot.

    Passing between the peaks of Meall …

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    Tom
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    20

    Scarth Gap Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    With towering peaks on either side, Scarth Gap Pass lets you know in no uncertain terms that you are in proper mountain country.

    It's an arduous, technical and occasionally unrideable …

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