Vale Street Bristol

One of the steepest residential streets in England, Vale Street is an unrelenting  1 in 4 climb – all the way to the summit. It has an average gradient of 23% and maximum gradient of 25.6%, there is no let up in the gradient from bottom to top. It is a sharp left from Park Street so it is not easy to get much momentum at the start. Also, it is steepest on the inside of the hill. Don’t take the very shortest route, but go around a little, otherwise, you may get into difficulty. You will have to also take care of cars coming down, though it is a residential street and relatively quiet. Make sure you have the right gears and power your way up.

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The only consolation is that it is quite short. Just 100 metres. Bristol is a city that has plenty of steep hills and also has a fixed gear tradition. I’m not sure you would want to try Vale Street with a fixed gear.

Details of the climb

  • Location: Bristol, S.W England.
  • Distance: 0.10 km
  • Average gradient: 21%
  • Maximum gradient: 25%
  • Height gain 17m
  • 100 climbs: 109
  • Strava segment
  • Everesting = 8848/300 = 277 ascents – 77 km.
  • Direction: north east
  • KOM: 0:15 – 17.6 km/h
  • QOM: 0:25 – 10.6 km/h
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Photo Sam Saunders CC – NC-ND

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Gold Hill is a very steep and short climb, but it is iconic for its famous views, entering into the national consciousness through the Hovis Bread advert (with a baker boy – pushing an old heavy bike up the hill. The climb will be all over very quickly, but the attraction is the picture-perfect setting in this most ‘English’ of scenes.

Details of the climb

  • Location: Shaftesbury, S.W England.
  • Distance: 0.14 km
  • Average gradient: 21%
  • Maximum gradient: 25%
  • Height gain 32m / 105 feet
  • 100 climbs: 101
  • Strava segment
  • Everesting = 8848/300 = 277 ascents – 77 km.
  • Direction: north
  • KOM: 0:22 – 24.3 km/h
  • QOM: 0:42 – 12.7 km/h

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