Haytor Vale

Haytor Vale is a long exposed climb from the village of Bovey Tracey up to the top of Dartmoor. It is relatively sheltered for the first half, but then as you go through a couple of 12% corners it is open to the windswept Dartmoor moors – where you may either face a strong headwind or (if you are lucky) a rarer Easterly wind.

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There is a variable gradient throughout the climb – some flatter sections for recovery. There is a final kick for the line with a finish at 10%.

Haytor Vale Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain has often had a stage which finishes on Haytor Vale. In 2013 British rider Adam Yates won stage 6 on top of Haytor Vale.

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Mid-Devon annual open hill climb is held on Haytor Vale

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Mid Devon also hold a stage race, which finishes on top of Haytor Vale

Haytor Vale National Hill climb 1979

The National Hill Climb Championship was held on Haytor Vale in 1979. Jeff Williams set the course record of 12.44 on a still day. Dave Pitman of Somerset Road Club was second and Armitage third, both coming in over 13 minutes.

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