Oxnop Scar

Oxnop Scar is a climb from Swaledale south towards Wensleydale. Typical of Yorkshire Dales climbs in this part of the world, there is a really steep section of 25%. The steep section is at the bottom, so you will be tired after that for the long remorseless climb towards the top.

The only thing that can be said about the first section is that , traffic permitting, you can take the hairpins wide to reduce the gradient a little. But, it is still quite brutal.

Looking back through some old photos, I found I did this climb a few years ago. In those days, I called it ‘a steep climb in Swaledale’. It was probably done after cycling up Fleet Moss and Buttertubs. The metres ascent can really add up in that part of the world.

  • Location: Swaledale, North Yorkshire
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Avg grade 6%
  • Max Grade: 25.0%
  • Elev Gain: 236m
  • 100 hills #46
  • Everesting? 36.7 laps – Total distance 183 miles (BTW: useful site http://everesting.io

Photos of the Oxnop climb


Swaledale is a great valley. This was taken at the foot of the climb.



25% sign is well merited.

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Oxnop Scar by Colin Gregory – View if you leave the road.




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4 Responses to Oxnop Scar

  1. Nicol April 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I like your cycle(white beauty). May I know from you have purchased it? Its looks totally new, you take lot of care of it.

    • tejvan April 17, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      That was a new Trek Madone

  2. David April 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    I like your cycle. Is it Specialized Langster or Genesis Equilibrium? I am new to this world, don’t know that much about cycles.

    • tejvan April 17, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      That is Trek Madone

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