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Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« on: October 07, 2010, 11:29:45 pm »
So which pass is higher?

Opinion seems split: http://tinyurl.com/6cw6d says Gospel Pass 548m, Bwlch 546m, and (software) OS maps seem to indicate the same.

http://www.ocd.org.uk/uk/HighestRoads.html says Gospel Pass 1765' (538m), Bwlch 1788' (546m)

Anyone taken a GPS over both?

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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010, 11:38:36 pm »
My GPS said 555m for Gospel

However, I wouldn't take that as absolute, as it all depends on how the GPS calculates height, and if it was set properly before you set off. I tend to use the GPS for a record of climbing, rather than an absolute for peaks.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010, 11:44:44 pm »
Ordnance survey gives 538m as a spot height on the road, shown on the 1:25000 maps. On the 1:50000 maps, 542m is given, but it's not clear whether that's a spot height on the road because the green dots for the cycle route get in the way.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 09:17:51 am »
However, I wouldn't take that as absolute, as it all depends on how the GPS calculates height, and if it was set properly before you set off. I tend to use the GPS for a record of climbing, rather than an absolute for peaks.

A couple of guys with Garmins put up data for one of our clubruns on the forum. Same route, same day, same group... the height profiles were identical in shape but the top of the climb differed by a massive amount - a factor of 2 or 3 IIRC.

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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2010, 09:28:53 am »
OT: Bwlch-y-Groes, used to go there to watch the Milk Race back in the '70s.

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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2010, 09:36:02 am »
when I went over Bwlch-y-Groes in August it said this at the top:

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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 10:54:20 am »
Bwlch-y-Groes seemed higher up to me

I didn't realise that Hay Buff was so high up.  There is a great view from there
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2010, 12:55:31 pm »
OS large scale (1:10 000) has a 549m spot height for the Gospel Pass (the road just squeezes under the 550m contour at 1:25 000) - and 544.75m for Bwlch-y-Groes.

My valley has it  8)

Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 06:18:56 pm »
Ordnance survey gives 538m as a spot height on the road, shown on the 1:25000 maps. On the 1:50000 maps, 542m is given, but it's not clear whether that's a spot height on the road because the green dots for the cycle route get in the way.

Interestingly the spot height on the 1:50000 isn't the highest point on the road - that occurs about 200m further north.

OS large scale (1:10 000) has a 549m spot height for the Gospel Pass (the road just squeezes under the 550m contour at 1:25 000) - and 544.75m for Bwlch-y-Groes.

My valley has it  8)

It is looking like it.

The reason for the question was that I was thinking of a ride to cycle over the highest tarmaced roads in Wales, England and Scotland (and I might make it a loop by adding N and S Ireland). The other intersting addition could be the longest climb in each country. Back to the maps....

Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010, 08:07:38 pm »
The reason for the question was that I was thinking of a ride to cycle over the highest tarmaced roads in Wales, England and Scotland (and I might make it a loop by adding N and S Ireland). The other intersting addition could be the longest climb in each country. Back to the maps....

Good excuse for doing both...
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 11:02:27 pm »
Is Gospel Pass really the highest road in Wales? I'm surprised and, to be honest, disappointed. We did it on the tandem in April. I didn't think it was that hard.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2010, 04:07:51 pm »
The reason for the question was that I was thinking of a ride to cycle over the highest tarmaced roads in Wales, England and Scotland (and I might make it a loop by adding N and S Ireland). The other intersting addition could be the longest climb in each country. Back to the maps....

Good excuse for doing both...


I can't see Gospel Pass being the highest road in Wales. I'd have thought Rhiw Fawr out of Machynlleth is higher for one.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2010, 04:12:31 pm »
Is Gospel Pass really the highest road in Wales? I'm surprised and, to be honest, disappointed. We did it on the tandem in April. I didn't think it was that hard.

It is not that tough a climb up the Gospel as the gradient from both sides is fairly gentle. The Bwlch is a much tougher climb from whichever direction.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2010, 09:19:16 pm »
The reason for the question was that I was thinking of a ride to cycle over the highest tarmaced roads in Wales, England and Scotland (and I might make it a loop by adding N and S Ireland). The other intersting addition could be the longest climb in each country. Back to the maps....

Good excuse for doing both...


I can't see Gospel Pass being the highest road in Wales. I'd have thought Rhiw Fawr out of Machynlleth is higher for one.

That's given 509m by OS and it doesn't seem to go any higher.

We drove up there a couple of years ago on a horrible wet day and the road gave the impression that it climbed for ever.
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2010, 02:17:24 am »
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Re: Gospel Pass or Bwlch-y-Groes?
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2010, 01:28:00 pm »
Is Gospel Pass really the highest road in Wales? I'm surprised and, to be honest, disappointed. We did it on the tandem in April. I didn't think it was that hard.

High(er) does not always mean hard(er).  Most of the old routes in the Black Mountains are long and draggy as opposed to short and sharp - the Gospel pass is no exception.

If you include BOATs (or whatever they are these days), Bwlch ar y Fan in the Brecon Beacons goes up to 599m ...