Cycling Asterton Bank
Ride .8 miles gaining 542’ at 13.6% average grade
While this climb is not the longest in the UK it’s certainly up there as far as extreme pitch - ¼ mile is at 20% 😟😟!
Before embarking on our second trip to document climbs in the UK we asked Simon Warren (https://www.100climbs.co.uk/books) for his list of Top 10 hardest climbs in England, Scotland, Wales and the UK overall. Simon places Asterton Bank at #9 on England’s hardest bike climbs.
Climb begins in Shropshire Hills Area of Natural Beauty by riding up The Port Way Road.
A kicker of a climb, this one starts on a very tight and narrow road with little to no parking and is steep the entire way, ending at a small aircraft field with lots of single track, sheep, and cows. It is a lung buster but worth the effort to sit on a bench at the top and enjoy the view.
Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.
This is a wildly narrow road which you’ll drive to access the Asterton Bank climb. The climb begins in a very small village with a few homes and not much else. Up from the village the road is cut into the side of the hill offering unobstructed views of the farmland below. You’ll certainly see sheep and likely a few hikers as well. Hiking seems to be very popular in this area. Take extra care on the descent. There is zero margin for error if/when a large farming truck is driving up as you ride down. And I do mean zero margin for error. The road is so narrow you’ll need to unclip and get off the road for the car to pass.
Bonus single track, road cycling-worth trail at the end of the climb.