Tour of Britain 2018

Tour of Britain

Route: Whinlatter Pass – the Tour of Britain

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 6th September 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and David

Distance: 4.0 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some bright spells

If readers have arrived at this page under the impression that I’m walking around the country, I can only apologise. This is not a walk that is intended be followed, and I’ve added it to my walking diary only because it records a day in lakeland which was full of interest, and contains some photos which are worth sharing

The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage cycling race along British roads, in which participants race across the country to complete the race in the fastest time. Stage 6 of the 2018 tour was due to pass through the Lake District, and the route would take riders up the Whinlatter Pass. The pass was closed to traffic, but as it was only about 2 miles away from home we decided to walk there 

For today’s stage, the teams would depart from Cockermouth, before tackling Whinlatter from its easier western side. The race would be a 14-kilometre time trial, gaining over 300 metres in altitude, with the final five kilometres of the stage against the clock averaging 4% in gradient. Having positioned ourselves midway up the pass, we’d have good view of the riders toiling uphill on their final push to the end of the race at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre. The photos tell the story of the day…

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