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OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018


Whinlatter and Cumbria is definitely the place to be for this year's Tour of Britain with the county playing host to two full stages of British Cycling's premier road cycling race in September, both of which are due to finish here at Whinlatter.

Family cycling at Whinlatter






The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, taking place over a 1,140-kilometre route, will lead the world’s top riders from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire across eight stages of racing. Whinlatter will host the finish for Stage 5 & 6 on 6th & 7th September 2018.

Stage 5 - Team Time Trial (TTT) 6th September 2018

This is an exciting stage of the event which is a unique uphill team time trial, the first-ever in OVO Energy Tour of Britain history!

Teams will depart from Cockermouth, before tackling Whinlatter from what is considered to be the easier western side. The 14-kilometre test gains over 300 metres in altitude, with the final five kilometres of the stage against the clock averaging 4%. The rider who goes on to claim the final OVO Energy Green Jersey will need his team to ride well in this crucial test.

More information for Stage 5 can be found here

Stage 6 - Barrow - In - Furness to Whinlatter 7th September 2018

If the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s GC took shape during its first-ever team time trial stage, day six of the race will give fans the biggest hint yet as to who will be crowned the 2018 champion in London.

Riders will climb Whinlatter twice more, from the harder eastern side, during a 168.3-kilometre road stage that starts in Barrow-in-Furness and passes north along the Coast Road to Ulverston. The second of the ascents up the three-kilometre climb (complete with a gradient that averages 7%) will culminate with a finish at the Forestry Commission’s visitor centre here at Whinlatter.

More information for stage 6 can be found here

Visitor Information For 6th & 7th September

Car Parking

Visitors need to be aware that due to the nature of the event, the main car park at Whinlatter will be closed. This car park is being used to host the Tour Village.

The Forestry Commission will have 250 car parking spaces available for each day of the tour for visitors to park which will be accessed from Revelin Moss Car Park. Tickets for event car parking on both days must be purcahsed in advance at a cost of £15 per vehicle per day. These can be purchased from the Visitor Centre in person or by calling 017687 78469.  Full terms and conditions will be provided and all cars must be parked before Whinlatter Pass is officially closed for the event. Details of this will be provided at the time of purchase.

A limited number of disabled / easy access parking will be available, please contact the Visitor Centre to arrange one of these spaces. £15 parking fee per vehicle per day will apply. 017687 78469.

Keswick Lions volunteers are assisting with car parking and £5 from the sale of each parking pass will be donated to them, to support worthy causes and community events.

Road Closure

Whinlatter Pass (B5292) will be closed on both days for the event with access only for permitted vehicles and emergency vehicles. Pedestrian access will be permitted.

Thursday 6th – the Whinlatter pass road will be closed from 11.30 until 15.30

Friday 7th – the Whinlatter pass road will be closed from 10.30 until 17.00


Whinlatter facilities and activities

The tour village will include a variety of stalls and stands as well as live pictures of the full stage on a big screen outside the Visitor Centre.

The Quercus trail and Altura north loop will be open with short diversions at the end of the trails to negotiate the Tour of Britain course infrastructure and to ensure the safety of all riders and visitors. The Altura south loop mountian biking trail will be closed on 6th and 7th Sept.

The Visitor Centre, Siskins Cafe, Cyclewise and Go Ape will be open as usual throughout the event on both days. Toilet facilities will also be provided as usual throughout the event.

The Wild Play area, walking routes and orienteering courses will be open as normal.

The Tramper will be available to hire as usual.

A limited number of disabled / easy access parking will be available, please contact the Visitor Centre to arrange one of these spaces. £15 parking fee per vehicle per day will apply. 017687 78469. 


Drones: we are not able to provide permission for drone flying from Whinlatter.

Further Information

More information can be found on partner websites

Cumbria Councty Council

OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Event details

When is the event?

Thursday 6 September 2018 (more dates available)

What time is it on?

All Day

Who is this for?


How much?

Free - parking £15 per day per vehicle

Where to meet?


What to wear?

Appropriate clothing for spectating outside, prepare for all weather.

Food and refreshments are available from Siskins café if required.

Dogs Allowed:


Event dates

Thursday 6 September 2018
Friday 7 September 2018


OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

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