Porlock – The hard way – A39
- Distance – 1.6 miles
- Average gradient – 12%
- Max Gradient – 25%
- Height at start – 140ft
- Height at top – 1,138ft
- height gain – 998ft / 304 metres
- 100 climbs #5
View from the top of Porlock A road. It is a really tough climb, with 25% hairpins at the bottom, taking you out of the village of Porlock. After this very hard 1st mile, the gradient mercifully eases off, but it’s still a long drag to the top. It is a really tough climb.
Porlock up the A39 is probably the hardest and steepest A road in England. It is a really testing climb. Very steep from the bottom, then a long way to the top. I rode up the hard way after the race up the toll road. It’s a real toughie, especially at at the start and then there is still a long way to go.
It is worth visiting this area as there are quite a few climbs in the vicinity such as Dunkery Beacon and Countisbury Hill
Porlock Toll Road