Stanhope 1: England’s highest roads Posted on 25 October 20182 April 2021 by Rob Ainsley More cycle route research, this time in chatty, friendly, hilly Weardale – home of England’s highest three roads. Weardale Heritage Railway, whisking me from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope in the time it took the lady next to me to introduce herself. Whch was about 45 minutes. But in a good way. Stanhope’s stepping stones across the Wear. Obsolete old ford, banned to drivers because it’s dangerous, which funnily enough all describes my last car, in 1999. England’s highest (tarmac, through-) road: Harthope Lane, between St John’s Chapel and Langdon Beck – 627m at the summit cattle-grid. One of the bar staff at the Langdon Beck Hotel cycles to work *every day*. That’s kudos. Stunning view from Harthope of Cronkley Scar, Yorkshire’s answer to Uluru. Though I’m not sure what question it would be the answer to.