Newlands House Pass

  • Location: North Lake District, from Buttermere, – direction North East
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Average gradient: 11%
  • Max gradient: 18%
  • Height gain: 678ft / 207m
  • 100 climbs #81
  • Strava segment
  • Features in Fred Whitton Sportive
Newlands House Pass – looking back towards Buttermere. (I think)

I rode Newlands House Pass in 2011, shortly after Honister Pass, so it felt like the hills were coming thick and fast. It is on the route of Fred Whitton Challenge, so many will have done a similar route. It is quite exposed and very quiet up there. It is quite inaccessible. There is a tricky descent from Newlands House, I remember nearly coming off on some loose gravel. The road will take you towards Braithwaite, where you can continue the Fred Whitton route over Whinlatter Pass.

From Buttermere there is a sharp rise away from the Lake. The middle section affords some respite before the final segment towards the top. Here it is persistently steep around 12-18%. Like many Lake District climbs, the hardest part is reserved for the end of the climb, where your legs are most tired.





1993 National Hill climb championship

In 1993, the UK National hill climb championship was held on Newlands Pass. The event was won by Stuart Dangerfield.

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