Day 5: Haydock to Penrith

Day 5 is dominated by the ascent of Shap Fell; the highest point on the whole ride and the signal that the England stages are nearly over

As the route passes through Wigan and Preston the scenery improves, allowing views towards the Pennines to your right and out to the Blackpool Tower over the Fylde Coast to the left. You’ll pass the end of Bradley Wiggins’ road and then continue North with the mighty Lake District rising around you. Then it’s time for a quick pit stop and a deep breath before you set off on the steady climb of Shap Fell. Weather will have a big impact on your enjoyment of this climb. Sunshine makes the views from the top unforgettable whilst howling wind and rain will make it a stern test for anyone. But once you are at the top it’s a downhill run to the country house basecamp at Hutton-in-the-Forest.

Key stats

  • Distance: 107.6 miles
  • Ascent: 5,207ft
  • Challenge Rating: 3/5

Highlights of the Day

  • The mighty Shap Fell
  • Crowds of primary school children cheering you along the way
  • Dramatic views of the Lake District
  • Stunning country house basecamp

Top Tip

Take is easy in the first half of the day as you will take on the incredible Shap Fell today.

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