Rowsley Bar

I’m slowly working through the 100 greatest climbs. Today is Rowsley Bar a few miles south east of Bakewell in the Peak District. I have not ridden yet, though I raced up Beeley moor a few miles north up the same ridge.



Top of Rowsley Bar Photo: Clarke Family

  • Bakewell, Peak District
  • Distance: 0.6 miles
  • Average gradient: 13%
  • Maximum gradient: 20%
  • Height gain. 443ft / 135m
  • 100 climbs: #34
  • Rowsley Bar, Strava
  • Everesting? – 66 * 1.2 miles = 79.2 miles

Jim Henderson gives a description of full course

“The new course started quite steadily, then went into some woods and around a couple of vicious hairpin bends, rumoured to be 1:4 at the apex. The half-way point marked the end of the hardest section and was followed by a long section of false flat, before a tricky sting in the tail where the road kicked up again for the final 400 metres or so. All was on a minor road which was closed to traffic.”

Jim Henderson’s Page

Photos courtesy Clarke Family Photos


Rowsley Bar bottom – Photo: Clarke Family


Rowsley Bar Photo: Clarke Family


Rowsley Bar – National Hill Climb Championship 1997

In 1997, the national hill climb was held on Rowsley Bar, promoted by Matlock CC. Stuart Dangerfield took a fifth national title. He joined Chris Boardman and Daryl Webster to win the national 25 and national hill climb in same year.

Jim Henderson was second, after winning the University Championship the previous day.

The top three all rode fixed- Dangerfield 42*21 – 54 inches. I don’t think you would get many people riding fixed on Rowsley Bar these days.

Top 10

1120Stuart DangerfieldWheelbase C.C.3-01.15-12.8
2110Jim HendersonOxford University C.C.2-58.35-19.3
3115Jeff WrightNorth East R.T.3-00.05-22.9
495Tom AndersonHolme Valley Wheelers3-05.55-28.1
5105Mark McKayAmbrosia Desserts3-02.25-41.7
685Bill MooreLeo R.C.3-15.55-44.9
790Brian GreenOldham Century C.C.3-08.15-48.2
865Richard TaylorTeam 120/803-13.15-53.4
986Andrew JacksonCleveland Wheelers C.C.3-22.05-56.3
10106Mark GreenChesterfield Coureurs3-14.75-58.7

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One Response to Rowsley Bar

  1. supermurph March 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing your time up here. It’s a cracking climb and not far from me so I’ve done it a few times. I think people underestimate the climb upto the hairpins, quite easily to blow up before them! Simon Warrens advice about staying on the new tarmac is very good. 5m 43s is my current time, I’d think I could get around 5m 30s now.

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