Kingston Blount

Kingston Blount is a local climb for me. It is just 16 miles from Oxford and often makes part of a training route.

More often than not, I climb the parallel A40 climb to the West. The A40 climb towards Stokenchurch makes a good steady climb of 5% – useful for controlled intervals. Kingston Blount is more of a classic hill climb course – around one mile, getting steeper towards the top. It is 18% at the steepest, so will have you in its smallest gear. It is hard work, though not insurmountable. I’ve done it a few times at the end of a long interval session, then the legs really start to feel tired.

  • Location: Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire
  • Distance: 0.7 miles
  • Average gradient: 9%
  • Maximum gradient: 18%
  • Height gain. 107m
  • Direction: south-east
  • 100 climbs: #122
  • Strava segment


Kingston Blount.

To the left of this road – Point to Point horse races are run.  On the lower slopes of the climb, you also cross the old track bed of a single railway line Watlington to Princes Risborough; this is now a footpath.

As you leave Aston Rowant, the road goes up very gradually (1%), so there are different options of where to start the climb, but after the road bends to the right, the climb proper starts. For the last 0.7 miles, it averages a good 9%.

The full climb is 1.5 miles, averaging 5% and climbs 432 ft


The road starts to go up.

At this point the climb is about 8%


January sun creeping through the trees.


The steepest part of the climb – around 16%. here. When you reach the horizon most of the climbing is done, though the road continues to gradually rise around a right hand corner until you meet up with the A40.




Looking back down the climb.

– Kingston Hill Climb (steep section)

  • Distance 0.60 miles
  • Avg Grade – 10.3%
  • Height gain – 330ft / 100.8m

Related climbs

There are many good climbs in the area. You can go up and down the Chiltern ridge all day long. I often do several climbs including Kingston Blount, e.g. Blog post – training load.

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