100 Greatest cycling climbs list

 

100 climbs100 greatest cycling climbs is a list of some of the hardest climbs in the UK from Constitution Hill to Kirkstone Pass and Ditchling Beacon. Over the years, I’ve sought to climb as many hills as possible. This is a list of all 200 climbs feature in 100 Greatest cycling climbs and also the sequel ‘Another 100 Climbs’ I’m aiming to do all (or at least most of the accessible climbs) and write a blog entry about each one.

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Climb Location Height Gain Av. Gr Length Max Gr
1. Cheddar Gorge Somerset 150m 5% 3.5 km 16%
2. Weston Hill Bath 165m 9% 1.8 km 18%
3. Crowcombe Combe Somerset 188m 15% 1.2 km 25%
4. Porlock Somerset 372m 12% 4.9 km 25%
5. Dunkery Beacon Somerset 326m 10% 3.2 km 17%
6. Exmoor Forest Devon 406m 4% 11 km 12%
7. Challacombe Devon 166m 11% 1.5 km 25%
8. Dartmeet Devon 125m 11% 1.1 km 18%
9. Haytor Vale Devon 335m 6% 5.4 km 12%
10. Widecombe Devon 163m 12% 1.4 km 16%
11. Rundelstone Devon 346m 4% 9.0 km 15%
12. Salcombe Hill Devon 159m 13% 1.2 km 20%
13. Dovers Hill Glouc 145m 10% 1.7 km 14%
14. Box Hill Surrey 130m 5% 2.5 km 6%
15. York’s Hill Kent 92m 14% 0.6 km 20%
16. White Lane Surrey 79m 13% 0.7 km  22%
17. Leith Hill Dorking 145m 7% 2.1 km 16%
18. White Downs Dorking 112m 6% 1.9 km 20%
19. The Wall E.Sussex 125m 9% 1.4 km  17%
20. Toys Hill Kent 170m 6% 2.7 km 18%
21. Steyning Bostal Sussex 123m 8% 1.6 km 17%
22. Ditchling Beacon Sussex 142m 10% 1.4 km  17%
23. Whiteleaf Chilterns 127m 9% 1.4 km 16%
24. Streatley Hill Berkshire 120m 11% 1.0 km 18%
25. Combe Gibbet Hungerford 83m 10% 0.8 km 18%
26. Mott Street Essex 78m 5% 1.4 km 12%
27. Swains Lane London 71m 8% 0.9 km 20%
28. Michaelgate Lincoln 31m 12% 0.3 km 17%
29. Terrace Hill Leicest 76m 8% 0.9 km 15%
30. Monsal Head Bakewell 57m 12% 0.5 km 17%
31. Bank Road Matlock 115m 10% 1.1 km 20%
32. Riber Matlock 162m 9% 1.8 km 25%
33. Winnats Pass Derbys. 198m 12% 1.7 km 20%
34. Rowsley Bar Derbys. 140m 13% 1.1 km 25%
35. Curbar Edge Derbys. 175m 10% 1.8 km 16%
36. Mow Cop Staffords. 170m 11% 1.5 km 25%
37. Peaslows Derbys. 172m 11% 1.6 km 12%
38. Jiggers Bank Shrops. 125m 5% 2.6 km 10%
39. The Burway Shrops. 290m 10% 3.0 km 20%
40. Shibden Wall Halifax 133m 15% 0.9 km 25%
41. Pea Royd Lane S.Yorks 145m 12% 1.1 km 20%
42. Jackson Bridge Holmfirth 161m 10% 1.5 km 20%
43. Holme Moss Kirklees 204m 9% 2.2 km 12%
44. Halifax Lane Calderdale 185m 11% 1.6 km 20%
45. Park Rash Kettlewell 238m 10% 2.1 km 25%
46. Oxnop Scar Muker 243m 6% 3.8 km 25%
47. Malham Cove N.Yorks 199m 6% 3.4 km 20%
48. Langcliffe Scar Settle 170m 10% 2.3 km 20%
49. Buttertubs N.Yorks 223m 9% 3.6 km 25%
50. Fleet Moss N.Yorks 323m 6% 5.3 km 20%
51. Tan Hill N.Yorks 206m 2% 9.9 km 12%
52. Greenhow Hill Pateley Br 282m 10% 4.0 km 18%
53. Norwood Edge W.Yorks 169m 11% 1.9 km 18%
54. Boltby Bank N. Yorks 162m 13% 1.3 km 20%
55. Rosedale Chimney N.Yorks 179m 14% 1.4 km 33%
56. White Horse Bank Kilburn 175m 10% 1.6 km 25%
57. The Stang N.Yorks 241m 7% 3.8 km 17%
58. Carlton Bank N. Yorks 202m 10% 2.0 km 30%
59. Crawleyside Durham 274m 4% 6.2 km 20%
60. Peth Bank Durham 141m 8% 1.8 km 20%
61. Winter’s Gibbet N. East 153m 4% 3.7 km 10%
62. Chapel Fell Durham 323m 8% 4.1 km 16%
63, Mennock Pass Dumfries 318m 3% 9.9 km 10%
64. Cairn O’ Mount Aberdeen 313m 10% 3.3 km 14%
65. The Cairnwell Perth 323m 4% 8.5 km 12%
66. The Lecht Aberdeen 245m 8% 3.0 km 20%
67. Cairn Gorm Aviemore 300m 5% 5.4 km 10%
68. Rest + be Thankful Cairndow 253m 6% 4.4 km 16%
69. Bealach-Na-Ba Highlands 623m 7% 8.9 km 20%
70. Cat and Fiddle Cheshire 381m 3% 11.2 km 5%
71. Swiss Hill Cheshire 69m 13% 0.5 km 17%
72. The Rake Lancs. 101m 12% 0.95 km 23%
73. Garsdale Head Cumbria 222m 6% 3.6 km 20%
74. Nick O’ Pendle Lancass 145m 11% 1.3 km 14%
75. Trough of Bowland Lancs. 144m 6% 2.2 km 16%
76. Jubilee Tower Lancs. 230m 6% 4.1 km 16%
77. Hartside Fell Cumbria 396m 5% 7.6 km  7%
78. Lamps Moss Cumbria 302m 8% 4.0 km  17%
79. Cross of Greet Slaidburn 182m 6% 2.9 km  13%
80. Honister Pass L. District 239m 7% 3.7 km 25%
81. Newlands House L. District 205m 11% 1.9 km 25%
82. Whinlatter Pass L. District 231m 7% 3.3 km 15%
83. Kirkstone Pass L. District 292m  6% 5.3 km 16%
84. Hardknott Pass Eskdale 298m 13% 2.2 km 33%
85. Wrynose Pass Langdale 278m 11% 2.5 km 25%
86. The Shelf N. Wales 262m 5% 5.1 km  12%
87. Moel Arthur N.Wales 220m 10% 2.2 km 20%
88. Penbarras N. Wales 258m 11% 2.3 km 25%
89. The Road to Hell N.Wales 353m 3% 11 km 20%
90. Horseshoe Pass N.Wales 317m 7% 6.1 km 20%
91. Bwlch Y Groes Gynedd 385m 11% 3.5 km 25%
92. Ffordd Penllech C. Wales 61m 20% 0.3 km 40%
93. Devil’s Staircase Powys 151m 12% 1.3 km 25%
94. LLangynidr Mt Powys 397m 7% 5.6 km  14%
95. Black Mountain S.Wales 378m 5% 7.1 km  8%
96. Bryn Du S.Wales 270m 5% 5.5 km  22%
97. The Tumble S.Wales 399m 8% 5.1 km  16%
98. Rhigos S.Wales 268m 4% 6.2 km  7%
99. The Bwlch (S) Bridgend 340m 6% 5.8 km  22%
100. Constitution Hill Swansea 59m 20% 0.3 km  22%
Total climbing: 21,293m over 322.75km. Average gradient: 6.5%

Another 100 Greatest Cycling hills

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Another 100 climbs include:

  • Longest Hill Climb Cragg Vale – The longest continuous ascent in England – 9.1 km. Height gain 286m
  • Steepest Hill Climb – Vale Street in Bristol. Short residential street.
  • Hardest Hill Climb – Great Dun Fell – A radar station in Knock Cumbria. Height gain 638 Metres. Length 7.4Km

Another 100 hill climbs list

Climb Location Height Gain Length Av. grade Max
101. Gold Hill (S) Shaftesbury 24m 0.2 km  16% 21%
102. Zig Zag Hill (S) Shaftesbury 93m 2.0 km  4% 6%
103 Park Hill (S) Longleat, Wilt 127 m  1.7 km  7% 10%
104. Frocester Hill Glouc. 203m  2.1 km  9% 11%
105. Bushcombe Lane Glouc. 167m  1.5 km  12% 25%
106. Haresfield Beacon (S) Glouc. 200m  2.2 km  9% 18%
107. Symonds Yat Ross on Wye 116m  1.7 km  7% 20%
108. Shaft Road (S) Bath 106m  0.8 km  9% 18%
109. Vale Street (S) Bristol 17m  0.2km  25% 33%
110 Countisbury Hill (S) Devon 284m  3.1 km  9% 20%
111 Millock (S) Cornwall 100m  1.0 km  10% 30%
112 Clovelly (S) Devon  80m  0.5 km  17% 30%
113 Bishop’s Wood (S) Cornwall  47m  0.3 km  14% 28%
114 Talland Hill Cornwall 99m  1.0 km  10% 20%
115 Ashdown Forest E. Sussex  174m  7.5 km  2%  12%
116 Combe Ln Surrey 108m  1.8 km  6%  18%
117 Chalkpit Lane Surrey 140m  1.6 km  9% 20%
118 Coldharbour Ln Dorking 145m  3.3 km  4%  18%
119 Quell Lane Haslemere 88m  1.1 km  8%  22%
120 Barhatch Lane Cranleigh 156m  2.5 km 6% 23%
121 Dragon Hill Rd Oxfordshire 95m  1.0 km  9% 17%
122 Kingston Hill Chilterns 99m  1.2 km  9% 17%
123 Down Lane Isle of Wight 98m  1.4 km  7% 25%
124 Watson’s Hill Suffolk 32m  0.6 km  6% 11%
125 Beacon Hill Norfolk 68m  1.2 km  5%
126 Mam Tor (S) Derbyshire 205m  2.1 km  10% 18%
127 Beeley Moor Derbyshire 225m  3.9 km  6%  10%
128 Burbage Moor (S) Derbyshire  263m  3.7 km  7%
129 Slack Hill (S) Derbyshire  129m  1.4 km  9%
130 Axe Edge Derbyshire  162m  3.8 km  4%  10%
131 Larkstone Lane (S) Staffodshire  135m  1.9 km  7%
132 Gun Hill (S) Stafforshire  151m  2.4 km  6%
133 The Wrekin (S) Shropshire  102m  1.6 km  6%
134 Asterton Bank (S) Shropshire  163m  1.0 km  17%
135 Clee Hill Shropshire  185m 3.3 km  5%  15%
136 Edge Hill (S) Warwickshire  105m  1.1 km  9.5%
137 Edwin Bank Stocksbridge  107m  1.0 km  11%
138 Cragg Vale West Yorks  298m  8.3 km  3% 7%
139 Mytholm Steeps Hebden Bridge  225m  3.3 km  6.7% 25%
140 Thwaites Brow Keighley 125m 1.2 km 10% 20%
141 Hainworth Lane Keighley 147m 1.5 km 10% 20%
142 Turf Moor Swaledale  190m  3.3 km 6% 17%
143 Bowland Knotts North Yorks  299m  7.3 km  4%  10%
144 Greets Moss North Yorks  282m  4.2 km  7%  12%
145 Trapping Hill Lofthouse  259m 3.2 km  8%  19%
146 Nought Bank Rd Pateley Bridge  207m 2.3 km  9%  18%
147 Sleights Moor (S) N. York Moors  250m  3.3 km  7.5%
148 Blakey Bank N. York Moors 232m 1.8 km  13% 20%
149 Caper Hill (S) N. York Moors 188m 1.4 km  13% 25%
150 Egton High Moor N. York Moors 279m 6.7 km  4%  14%
151 Hanging Grimston (S) E. Yorks 150m  1.6 km  9% 16%
152 Yad Moss Durham 312m 15.7 km  2%
153 Cuthbert’s Hill Durham  160m  2.7 km  6%
154 Peat Hill Durham  259m  3.6 km  7%
155 Unthank Bank Durham  195m  2.9 km  7%
156 High Knowes N. East  194m  3.8 km  5%
157 Cragpit hill N. East  198m  5.3 km  4%
158 Ryal’s Hill N. East  112m  2.8 km  4%
159 Silverhills N. East  115m  2.3 km  5%
160 Devil’s Beef Tub Moffat  310m  10.0 km  3%
161 Crow Road Scotland  237m  3.8 km  6%
162 Duke’s Pass Scotland  225m  4.0 km  5.6%
163 Bealach Main Scotland  299m  3.7 km  8%
164 Glen Finart Scotland  145m  2.4 km  6%
165 Glen Quaich Scotland  248m  2.7 km  9%
166 Bealach Feith Scotland  331m  4.6 km  7.2%
167 Ben Lawers Scotland  348m  7.1 km  5%
168 Glen Coe  Scotland  304m  13.6 km  2%
169 Bealach Ratagan Scotland  334m  4.5 km  7%
170 Quiraing  Scotland  217m  3.8 km  6%
171 Pym Chiar Cheshire  157m  1.5 km  10%
172 Knott Hill Lane Oldham  133m  1.8 km  7%
173 Chew Road Oldham  250m  2.6 km  9.6%
174 Crown Point Oldham  147m  3.0 km  5%
175 Whalley Nab Whalley  122m  1.3 km  9%
176 Newton Fell Lancashire  223m  3.6 km  6%
177 White Shaw Moss Dent  221m  2.2 km  10%
178 Bank House Moor Cumbria  223m  2.2 km  10%
179 Kiln Bank Cross Cumbria  177m  1.8 km  10%
180 Burn Edge L.District  167m  3.8 km  4.4%
181 The Struggle Ambleside  396m  4.8 km  8%  24%
182 Blea Tarn L.District  127m  1.2 km  11%
183 Shot Moss Brough  264m  6.1 km  4%
184 Dowgang Hush Cumbria  160m  1.4 km  11%
185 Killhope Cross Cumbria  266m  5.2 km  5%
186 Great Dun Fell Knock  635 m  7.4 km  8%  20%
187 Long Mountain Wales  277m  2.9 km  9%
188 Melin Y Wig Wales  100m  1.3 km  8%
189 Llanberis Pass Wales  247m  4.9 km  5%
190 Prenteg Wales  171m  1.4 km  12%
191 Hirnant Pass Wales  153m  1.8 km  8%
192 Dyfi Forest Wales  215m  5.0 km  4%
193 Heol Senni Wales  188m  1.8 km  10%
194 Gospel Pass Wales  280m  4.5 km  6%
195 Gamallt Wales  67m  0.9 km  7% 25%
196 Caerphilly Mountain Wales  135m  1.4 km  10%
197 Rhiwr Road Wales  208m  1.7 km  6%
198 Bungalow Isle of Man  283m  4.5 km  6%
199 Injerbreck Hill Isle of Man  305m  5.4 km  6%
200 Snaefell Mountain Isle of Man  418m  12.5 km  3%

Other memorable climbs in UK

  • Kidstones Pass – North Yorkshire. Buckden to Aysgarth, used in le Tour
  • Robin Hood Climb – Silsden , Yorkshire – 0.8 miles, 10% average – 23% max.
  • Snake Pass – Glossop, – 3.3 miles, 328m – 6% average.
  • Long Hill, – Whaley Bridge, Buxton – 4.4 miles 195m height gain – 3% – Used in 2011 National HC.
  • Westclose hill – Weston sub Mendips – 1.2 miles, 168m height gain – 9% average gradient. Used in 2000 National HC
  • Saintbury – Gloucestershire – 1.2 miles, 9% average. Used in 1951 and 1960 national hill climb.
  • Cow and Calf, Ilkley, West Yorks – 1.1 miles, 9% average
  • Kop Hill – Princes Risborough – 1.1 miles, 9% average
  • Chinnor Hill – Chilterns – 1.1 miles, 9% average
  • Trooper Lane – Halifax – 1 mile – 12% average – cobbled max 25% – one of hardest hills.
  • Grinton Moor – Reeth, North Yorks. 1.9 miles, 7%

Steepest Hills in Britain / UK

  • Ffordd Penllech, Harlech, Gwynedd Wales – 40% on steepest part of hairpin!
  • Rosedale Chimney, North York Moors – 33% (1 in 3)
  • Constitution Hill, Wales – 30%
  • Hardknott Pass, Lake District – up to 30%
  • Trooper Lane

Some other 25% Climbs

  • The Rake, Ramsbottom – 25%
  • Honister Pass – 25%
  • Shibden Wall, Halifax – 25%
  • Buttertubs, Yorks – 25%
  • Mow Cop – 25%
  • Porlock Hill, Somerset – 25%

Longest continual ascent in England

Cragg Vale claims to be the longest continual ascent in England. It is certainly the longest hill climb of constant uphill. However, there is actually a  slightly longer continual ascent from Henley to Pishill  of 7.2 miles in the Chilterns. Perhaps, even longer if you go from Henley to Pishill and turn right towards Christmas Common (via different roads). However, at the bottom, it barely feels like a hill, with a gradient of around 0.5%- 1%. But, on a technicality of continual uphill, Pishill could claim the crown.  

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