Cycling Blakey Bank
Ride 1.1 mile gaining 730’ at 12.2% average grade.
This climb is an England Top 10 Hilllclimb, ranking #8. While the climb is but 1.1 miles, it averages over 12% and has a quarter mile stretch at 16%.
Blankey Bank is situated in a touristy part of Northeastern England. The roads out here seemed to be as traveled by large caravans as by cars. The Blakey Bank climb route is a road perpendicular to a main route through the remote regions. We start the climb at an unmarked bridge near a few farms and begin climbing at tough grades from the first meters of the climb. I lucked out with good weather on the day that I rode Blakey bank and enjoyed great views of the fertile lands surrounding the climb, but I’ve been told sunny weather is tough to come by in this area of England.
Climb begins at the bridge on Long Lane just up from Church Houses.
Lef on Blakey Bank at 3/10’s of a mile.
Cattle grid ½ mile up the climb.
This is #148 on Simon Warren’s Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, A Road Cyclist’s Guide to Britain’s Hills, p. 87. Simon writes of this climb “Tye just don’t do flat in the North York Moors, there isn’t an inch of it, anywhere, so when a hill has its own signposts then you know it must be something special.”
Aerial view north from the finish
That’s a wrap!!