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Mountain Passes in England

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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 England 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 14 mountain passes in England

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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

    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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    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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    5

    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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    6

    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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    7

    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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    8

    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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    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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    10

    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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    11

    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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    12

    Greenup Edge Pass

    Hiking Highlight

    The pass called Greenup Edge is the second one you pass on your coast to coast trip. I really enjoyed our break at the stream in its little valley.

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    13

    The Dorsetshire Gap

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Dorsetshire Gap is, or Dorset Gap as it's known for short, is a dip in the Dorset Downs chalk ridge between Nordon Hill and Nettleton Tout, close to the …

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    14

    Black Sail Pass

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    At 1,805 feet (550 metres), Black Sail Pass is a pretty tough challenge by bike. Due to the steep slopes there's quite some scrambling, so be ready for some hike-a-bike! …

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