Fleet Moss is one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most famous cycling climbs, and holds the prize for being the highest road in the county. It’s worth doing for that reason along – and once you’re at the top you feel on top of the world.
Note: for Fleet Moss from Hubberholme, read this.
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Conquering Yorkshire’s highest road!
Fleet Moss ride log
You leave Hawes, heading south and pass the home of Wensleydale Cheese, before crossing the river in Gayle. Soon after the climb begins – and you’re hit in the face by a not so subtle ramp up for a short double digit lung-buster.
The climb then levels out and you suddenly see, stretching ahead of you, with barren moorland either side, a long road galloping off into the distance. You can see it turns a corner before hitting an unnerving looking climb up and over a hill.
As you approach the “hill” you realise it’s more similar to a wall than a hill. In this desolate landscape, there’s nowhere to hide – both physically and metaphorically speaking. You slog up, switching down through the gears. There’s a flattish section and then, after a left-hander, another steep kick up to the top. You’re now at the top of the highest road in Yorkshire. Congratulations!
Hawes, at the start of the climb, has loads of refuelling options. There’s nothing at the top of the climb – and nothing for a while to come since from here you’re heading into the middle of nowhere!
Hawes is the obvious place to base yourself to do this climb. There are lots of accommodation options here and in the neighbouring towns and villages.
Check out the Accommodation section of our guide to cycling Yorkshire Dales for lots more information.
Read our tips for cycling in the Yorkshire Dales before you set out.
A compact chain-set is a very good idea for this climb.
Watch out for sheep and tractors.
The climb is very wild and exposed.
Once you’ve left Hawes, you’re heading into the depths of the Yorkshire Dales and won’t find too many shops and cafes – though there are quite a few village pubs.
Don’t miss our main guide to the Yorkshire Dales, which has links to all our rides and information on where to stay, when to visit and bike hire. You can find links to more of our route guides in the Articles section below. Happy riding!
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