How to climb Honister Pass: West to East (video)

Our video guide on how to climb Honister Pass West to East, heading from Buttermere towards Keswick. One of the most beautiful climbs in the world.

Honister Pass is an imposing sight for even the best cyclists

Honister Pass

The climb begins from the picture postcard setting of Buttermere. This is the opposite side to that used in the Fred Whitton Challenge and has famously been used in many adverts and car commercials, owing to the dramatic views. The thing about Honister Pass from this direction is that it gets steeper and steeper as you go further up. This is always worth bearing in mind as you start the climb, so don’t go off too hard.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.