Bowland Badass Climbs #21 – Little Town Hill

The Stats

Starts at mile 127.30
Length1.55 m
Feet of height gain 289
Average gradient 3.5%

 You’ve survived Whalley Nab and dropped like a stone to the lustrous floor of the Ribble Valley. Tooling along its gentle undulations, you convince yourself that the Badass is almost over. You’ve done just over 127 miles, and there’s only another 40 miles to go. Tally ho Ginger, chocks away!! Hold on, hold on, hold on, you’re not thinking straight are you Badass? You’ve just turned right onto Gallow’s Lane and are facing due north with that grumpy monolith Longridge Fell sat square in front of you. Do you really have to go over that thing to get home? Oh yes!

Little Town Hill is just a way to get up onto the southern flanks of Longridge Fell. It’s not the dish of the day, but it’s there….and we thought we might mention it as the starter for the next one. You’ll turn right at the top and then curl your way round through Hurst Green to the eastern end of Longridge Fell, where the indigestible horrors of Birdy Brow await. Now let’s crunch some numbers. Little Town Hill starts at 79 feet and Longridge Fell tops out at 928 feet, with Birdy Brow in between. However, over the space of 12 miles you’ll end up climbing 999 feet. How does that work? Yes, the ride from the top of Little Town Hill to the base of Birdy Brow trends downwards. This is your chance to marshal the troops and press on if you’re in a group, or slobber on your bars and let your feet dangle if you’re flying solo. It’s also great to know that you’ll be scrubbing off height that will subsequently have to be clawed back shortly through a frothy mist of blood and lung tissue. This is the way of the Badass………

Stravasaddoinfopoint: This segment is called Gallows Lane, somewhat appropriately ( Did you know that in medieval times convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution? There they were hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places for all to see. For convict substitute the word Badass, for hurdle substitute the word bicycle, and for prominent places think of Garstang High Street…… Do ya see where we’re going with this one?


Posted on May 9, 2013, in Bowland Badass Climbs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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