The Greatest Inclination
Rosedale Chimney is a very steep road! The hill signs quote it as being "1 in 3". There are several discussions on the internet about "Which is Britain's steepest road?". Some say Hardknott Pass in the Lake District others Rosedale Chimney....... so this year, I made myself an 'inclinometer'. Basically, it consists of a 2m long dead straight piece of wood fitted with a spirit level. At one end, there is a right-angled section that bears a vertical piece of wood with pre-calibrated markings giving a gradient readout to the nearest tenth of a 'gradient' (e.g. "1 in 3.7"). A month ago, I took it to the Lake District and measured the steepest part on Hardknott Pass - the short section right at the bottom of the eastern approach. Several readings were taken and the steepest part of this small section was found to be 1 in 2.9. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to try my 'inclinometer' out on Rosedale Chimney. It's obvious, when looking at it, where the steepest point is on this road - about halfway up. Armed with my device and in between vehicle passes (to minimise my embarrassment!), I found it to be only 1 in 3.4 at its very steepest point - I was very surprised at this and had always thought it to be the steepest of the two hills - myth busted!
As a footnote, my wife thinks I'm stupid doing this - I just know I'm a nurd! It's official now though, Hardknott Pass is Britain's steepest road so says Andy Beecroft!!