The ascent snakes up the hill slowly and surely, lined with a slate wall along the undulating moss rockiness. There are two approaches up Kirkstone pass, I took the A592 which is the less steep but longer ascent, there is a shorter sharper ascent known as The Struggle which starts from Ambleside; this features parts with up to 25% gradient.
Looking south over Windermere, The Struggle is to the right and the A592 which is the road I climbed up.
lower gearing, I'm so glad I had done this as the 32t bottom sprocket really helped up some of these sharp climbs. I wouldn't have the power or the knee strength to climb up these gradients with a 25t bottom sprocket.