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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ClimbLocationHeight GainAv. GrLengthMax Gr
1.Cheddar GorgeSomerset150m5%3.5 km16%
2.Weston HillBath165m9%1.8 km18%
3.Crowcombe CombeSomerset188m15%1.2 km25%
4.PorlockSomerset372m12%4.9 km25%
5.Dunkery BeaconSomerset326m10%3.2 km17%
6.Exmoor ForestDevon406m4%11 km12%
7.ChallacombeDevon166m11%1.5 km25%
8.DartmeetDevon125m11%1.1 km18%
9.Haytor ValeDevon335m6%5.4 km12%
10.WidecombeDevon163m12%1.4 km16%
11.RundelstoneDevon346m4%9.0 km15%
12.Salcombe HillDevon159m13%1.2 km20%
13.Dovers HillGlouc145m10%1.7 km14%
14.Box HillSurrey130m5%2.5 km6%
15.York’s HillKent92m14%0.6 km20%
16.White LaneSurrey79m13%0.7 km 22%
17.Leith HillDorking145m7%2.1 km16%
18.White DownsDorking112m6%1.9 km20%
19.The WallE.Sussex125m9%1.4 km 17%
20.Toys HillKent170m6%2.7 km18%
21.Steyning BostalSussex123m8%1.6 km17%
22.Ditchling BeaconSussex142m10%1.4 km 17%
23.WhiteleafChilterns127m9%1.4 km16%
24.Streatley HillBerkshire120m11%1.0 km18%
25.Combe GibbetHungerford83m10%0.8 km18%
26.Mott StreetEssex78m5%1.4 km12%
27.Swains LaneLondon71m8%0.9 km20%
28.MichaelgateLincoln31m12%0.3 km17%
29.Terrace HillLeicest76m8%0.9 km15%
30.Monsal HeadBakewell57m12%0.5 km17%
31.Bank RoadMatlock115m10%1.1 km20%
32.RiberMatlock162m9%1.8 km25%
33.Winnats PassDerbys.198m12%1.7 km20%
34.Rowsley BarDerbys.140m13%1.1 km25%
35.Curbar EdgeDerbys.175m10%1.8 km16%
36.Mow CopStaffords.170m11%1.5 km25%
37.PeaslowsDerbys.172m11%1.6 km12%
38.Jiggers BankShrops.125m5%2.6 km10%
39.The BurwayShrops.290m10%3.0 km20%
40.Shibden WallHalifax133m15%0.9 km25%
41.Pea Royd LaneS.Yorks145m12%1.1 km20%
42.Jackson BridgeHolmfirth161m10%1.5 km20%
43.Holme MossKirklees204m9%2.2 km12%
44.Halifax Lane Calderdale185m11%1.6 km20%
45.Park RashKettlewell238m10%2.1 km25%
46.Oxnop ScarMuker243m6%3.8 km25%
47.Malham CoveN.Yorks199m6%3.4 km20%
48.Langcliffe ScarSettle170m10%2.3 km20%
49.ButtertubsN.Yorks223m9%3.6 km25%
50.Fleet Moss N.Yorks323m6%5.3 km20%
51.Tan HillN.Yorks206m2%9.9 km12%
52.Greenhow HillPateley Br282m10%4.0 km18%
53.Norwood EdgeW.Yorks169m11%1.9 km18%
54.Boltby BankN. Yorks162m13%1.3 km20%
55.Rosedale ChimneyN.Yorks179m14%1.4 km33%
56.White Horse BankKilburn175m10%1.6 km25%
57.The StangN.Yorks241m7%3.8 km17%
58.Carlton BankN. Yorks202m10%2.0 km30%
59.CrawleysideDurham274m4%6.2 km20%
60.Peth BankDurham141m8%1.8 km20%
61.Winter’s GibbetN. East153m4%3.7 km10%
62.Chapel Fell Durham323m8%4.1 km16%
63,Mennock PassDumfries318m3%9.9 km10%
64.Cairn O’ MountAberdeen313m10%3.3 km14%
65.The CairnwellPerth323m4%8.5 km12%
66.The LechtAberdeen245m8%3.0 km20%
67.Cairn GormAviemore300m5%5.4 km10%
68.Rest + be ThankfulCairndow253m6%4.4 km16%
69.Bealach-Na-Ba Highlands623m7%8.9 km20%
70.Cat and FiddleCheshire381m3%11.2 km5%
71.Swiss HillCheshire69m13%0.5 km17%
72.The RakeLancs.101m12%0.95 km23%
73.Garsdale HeadCumbria222m6%3.6 km20%
74.Nick O’ PendleLancass145m11%1.3 km14%
75.Trough of BowlandLancs.144m6%2.2 km16%
76.Jubilee TowerLancs.230m6%4.1 km16%
77.Hartside FellCumbria396m5%7.6 km 7%
78.Lamps MossCumbria302m8%4.0 km 17%
79.Cross of GreetSlaidburn182m6%2.9 km 13%
80.Honister PassL. District239m7%3.7 km25%
81.Newlands HouseL. District205m11%1.9 km25%
82.Whinlatter PassL. District231m7%3.3 km15%
83.Kirkstone PassL. District292m 6%5.3 km16%
84.Hardknott PassEskdale298m13%2.2 km33%
85.Wrynose PassLangdale278m11%2.5 km25%
86.The ShelfN. Wales262m5%5.1 km 12%
87.Moel ArthurN.Wales220m10%2.2 km20%
88.PenbarrasN. Wales258m11%2.3 km25%
89.The Road to HellN.Wales353m3%11 km20%
90.Horseshoe PassN.Wales317m7%6.1 km20%
91.Bwlch Y GroesGynedd385m11%3.5 km25%
92.Ffordd PenllechC. Wales61m20%0.3 km40%
93.Devil’s StaircasePowys151m12%1.3 km25%
94.LLangynidr MtPowys397m7%5.6 km 14%
95.Black MountainS.Wales378m5%7.1 km 8%
96.Bryn DuS.Wales270m5%5.5 km 22%
97.The TumbleS.Wales399m8%5.1 km 16%
98.RhigosS.Wales268m4%6.2 km 7%
99.The Bwlch (S)Bridgend340m6%5.8 km 22%
100.Constitution HillSwansea59m20%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

ClimbLocationHeight GainLengthAv. gradeMax
101.Gold Hill (S)Shaftesbury24m0.2 km 16%21%
102.Zig Zag Hill (S)Shaftesbury93m2.0 km 4%6%
103Park Hill (S)Longleat, Wilt127 m 1.7 km 7%10%
104.Frocester HillGlouc.203m 2.1 km 9%11%
105.Bushcombe LaneGlouc.167m 1.5 km 12%25%
106.Haresfield Beacon (S)Glouc.200m 2.2 km 9%18%
107.Symonds YatRoss on Wye116m 1.7 km 7%20%
108.Shaft Road (S)Bath106m 0.8 km 9%18%
109.Vale Street (S)Bristol17m 0.2km 25%33%
110Countisbury Hill (S)Devon284m 3.1 km 9%20%
111Millock (S)Cornwall100m 1.0 km 10%30%
112Clovelly (S)Devon 80m 0.5 km 17%30%
113Bishop’s Wood (S)Cornwall 47m 0.3 km 14%28%
114Talland HillCornwall99m 1.0 km 10%20%
115Ashdown ForestE. Sussex 174m 7.5 km 2% 12%
116Combe LnSurrey108m 1.8 km 6% 18%
117Chalkpit LaneSurrey140m 1.6 km 9%20%
118Coldharbour LnDorking145m 3.3 km 4% 18%
119Quell LaneHaslemere88m 1.1 km 8% 22%
120Barhatch LaneCranleigh156m 2.5 km6%23%
121Dragon Hill RdOxfordshire95m 1.0 km 9%17%
122Kingston HillChilterns99m 1.2 km 9%17%
123Down LaneIsle of Wight98m 1.4 km 7%25%
124Watson’s HillSuffolk32m 0.6 km 6%11%
125Beacon HillNorfolk68m 1.2 km 5%
126Mam Tor (S)Derbyshire205m 2.1 km 10%18%
127Beeley MoorDerbyshire225m 3.9 km 6% 10%
128Burbage Moor (S)Derbyshire 263m 3.7 km 7%
129Slack Hill (S)Derbyshire 129m 1.4 km 9%
130Axe EdgeDerbyshire 162m 3.8 km 4% 10%
131Larkstone Lane (S)Staffodshire 135m 1.9 km 7%
132Gun Hill (S)Stafforshire 151m 2.4 km 6%
133The Wrekin (S)Shropshire 102m 1.6 km 6%
134Asterton Bank (S)Shropshire 163m 1.0 km 17%
135Clee HillShropshire 185m3.3 km 5% 15%
136Edge Hill (S)Warwickshire 105m 1.1 km 9.5%
137Edwin BankStocksbridge 107m 1.0 km 11%
138Cragg ValeWest Yorks 298m 8.3 km 3%7%
139Mytholm SteepsHebden Bridge 225m 3.3 km 6.7%25%
140Thwaites BrowKeighley125m1.2 km10%20%
141Hainworth LaneKeighley147m1.5 km10%20%
142Turf MoorSwaledale 190m 3.3 km6%17%
143Bowland KnottsNorth Yorks 299m 7.3 km 4% 10%
144Greets MossNorth Yorks 282m 4.2 km 7% 12%
145Trapping HillLofthouse 259m3.2 km 8% 19%
146Nought Bank RdPateley Bridge 207m2.3 km 9% 18%
147Sleights Moor (S)N. York Moors 250m 3.3 km 7.5%
148Blakey BankN. York Moors232m1.8 km 13%20%
149Caper Hill (S)N. York Moors188m1.4 km 13%25%
150Egton High MoorN. York Moors279m6.7 km 4% 14%
151Hanging Grimston (S)E. Yorks150m 1.6 km 9%16%
152Yad MossDurham312m15.7 km 2%
153Cuthbert’s HillDurham 160m 2.7 km 6%
154Peat HillDurham 259m 3.6 km 7%
155Unthank BankDurham 195m 2.9 km 7%
156High KnowesN. East 194m 3.8 km 5%
157Cragpit hillN. East 198m 5.3 km 4%
158Ryal’s HillN. East 112m 2.8 km 4%
159SilverhillsN. East 115m 2.3 km 5%
160Devil’s Beef TubMoffat 310m 10.0 km 3%
161Crow RoadScotland 237m 3.8 km 6%
162Duke’s PassScotland 225m 4.0 km 5.6%
163Bealach MainScotland 299m 3.7 km 8%
164Glen FinartScotland 145m 2.4 km 6%
165Glen QuaichScotland 248m 2.7 km 9%
166Bealach FeithScotland 331m 4.6 km 7.2%
167Ben LawersScotland 348m 7.1 km 5%
168Glen Coe Scotland 304m 13.6 km 2%
169Bealach RataganScotland 334m 4.5 km 7%
170Quiraing Scotland 217m 3.8 km 6%
171Pym ChiarCheshire 157m 1.5 km 10%
172Knott Hill LaneOldham 133m 1.8 km 7%
173Chew RoadOldham 250m 2.6 km 9.6%
174Crown PointOldham 147m 3.0 km 5%
175Whalley NabWhalley 122m 1.3 km 9%
176Newton FellLancashire 223m 3.6 km 6%
177White Shaw MossDent 221m 2.2 km 10%
178Bank House MoorCumbria 223m 2.2 km 10%
179Kiln Bank CrossCumbria 177m 1.8 km 10%
180Burn EdgeL.District 167m 3.8 km 4.4%
181The StruggleAmbleside 396m 4.8 km 8% 24%
182Blea TarnL.District 127m 1.2 km 11%
183Shot MossBrough 264m 6.1 km 4%
184Dowgang HushCumbria 160m 1.4 km 11%
185Killhope CrossCumbria 266m 5.2 km 5%
186Great Dun FellKnock 635 m 7.4 km 8% 20%
187Long MountainWales 277m 2.9 km 9%
188Melin Y WigWales 100m 1.3 km 8%
189Llanberis PassWales 247m 4.9 km 5%
190PrentegWales 171m 1.4 km 12%
191Hirnant PassWales 153m 1.8 km 8%
192Dyfi ForestWales 215m 5.0 km 4%
193Heol SenniWales 188m 1.8 km 10%
194Gospel PassWales 280m 4.5 km 6%
195GamalltWales 67m 0.9 km 7%25%
196Caerphilly MountainWales 135m 1.4 km 10%
197Rhiwr RoadWales 208m 1.7 km 6%
198BungalowIsle of Man 283m 4.5 km 6%
199Injerbreck HillIsle of Man 305m 5.4 km 6%
200Snaefell MountainIsle 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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