Park Rash

Park Rash is a very steep climb in the Yorkshire Dales – north of the village of Kettlewell towards Coverdale, it climbs over 230 meters in a short distance. At it steepest it has a couple of 25% hairpins. I’ve ridden up Park Rash quite a few times, though I have also done several rides to the foot of Park Rash and then turned back and gone home.

  • Location: Kettlewell, North Yorkshire.
  • Length: 2.3 km
  • Height gain: 230 metres
  • Max gradient: 25%
  • Average gradient: 11%
  • Time: 8.31 / 9.5mph
  • Everesting? – 39* 4.6 km = 179 km
  • 100 Greatest Cycling hills #45



Park Rash

As you leave Kettlewell, there is a little ‘taster’ of things to come, there is a steep road which you take, turning left (Cam Gill Road).

It is around 22%; but this is not actually Park Rash, you descend back to the small stream (Cam Gill Beck).

Park Rash
Park Rash

Then you will see Park Rash looming in the distance. The start is the hardest, as you have a section of 25% gradient to negotiate. If you can take the hairpins at the widest – certainly avoid going on the inside, where it is steepest.

Park Rash apex
twisting turns near the bottom. Avoid the Apex where it must be 30%
Looking back down. It’s a tricky descent


After the first two turns, the climb diminishes in gradient. But, it is consistently around 10% for at least a kilometer.

Park Rash
Mid way through the climb, here it is more like 10%


As you get nearer the summit there are moments of easing gradient, which give you chance to recover a little.

Other photos of Park Rash

The top of Park Rash looking down into Wharfedale


Stopping to take a photo on the way down.

Coverdale to Park Rash

Blogs about riding Park Rash




4 thoughts on “Park Rash”

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  2. After Hardknott & Wrynose I thought this the hardest climb. In the sixties my lowest gear was 44 ring x 26, only cyclotourist had the big range of what we called ‘granny gears’


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