Photo - Richard Law
Steepest ½ kilometer begins at 100m (20%)
“In the eastern edge of the Long Mynd lies the infamous Asterton Bank, also known by many other names that I could not print here. Without being too hysterical, this climb is nothing more than a joyless straight line of pain. Start opposite the old red telephone box, past the numerous warning signs, across the cattle grid then bend slightly left. You're now face to face with the vicious 25% corner which delivers you on to the cruel slopes that cling to the side of the sheer bank. The surface, just wide enough for a single car, is smooth at the edges but little more than gravel and moss in the centre. It never relents, never lets up until you reach the bend in the shadow of a rocky outcrop, you've still got a fair bit of climbing to reach the top, but it's not as hard now. You will, however, be able to reacquaint your backside with the saddle for the final push to summit on the approach to the gliding club. Read more
Another nice article on this brute is fount at Shropheills.blogspot.com:
“Not Recommended! Ridine the Hill. This is an infamous hill and fully deserves its reputation. Cyclists speak in hushed tones about this hill - its easily the toughest in Shropshire and presents a significant psychological challenge.
Start is a side turning in Asterton, around the "back" of the Long Mynd. There's a red telephone box and a gateway with cattle grid. You start climbing immediately and need to be quick over the cattle grid - it's on a slope so you have to power over the slippy bars or risk coming to a halt midway over.
The climbing is immediately challenging with a 25% left corner taking you up onto a long straight of equal gradient. Part of the challenge is there being no lead up to this level of effort, instead you are immediately out of the saddle and in danger of grinding to a halt. The danger of not being able to unclip before you wobble over is a real one.
This incredibly steep, straight road is daunting in terms of being able to see how much more there is before any prospect of relief. A mossy/gravelly middle of road also leaves little room for weaving about, too.
Eventually you'll go right around a small rock outcrop and then the gradient lessens, and you are done and on top of the Long Mynd.” Read more
This climb is in the is near the center of the Shropshire Hill AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty):
“he Shropshire Hills area, in the English county of Shropshire, is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is located in the south of the county, extending to its border with Wales. Designated in 1958, the area encompasses 802 square kilometres (310 sq mi) of land primarily in south-west Shropshire, taking its name from the upland region of the Shropshire Hills. The A49 road and Welsh Marches Railway Line bisect the area north-south, passing through or near Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow.
The Shropshire Hills, located in the Welsh Marches, are relatively high: the highest point in the county, Brown Clee Hill, near Ludlow, has an altitude of 540 metres (1,772 ft). This gives Shropshire the 13th tallest hill per county[clarification needed] in England. Titterstone Clee Hill, part of the Clee Hills, is nearly as high as Brown Clee, at 533 metres (1,749 ft), making it the third largest hill in the county. The Stiperstones are the second highest, at 536 metres (1,759 ft), and are notable for their tors of quartzite; particularly notable are Devil's Chair (SO368991) and Shepherd's Rock (SO373998).
More accessible hills are the Long Mynd, which covers an area of 5,436 acres (22.0 km2) and peaks at Pole Bank at a height of 516 metres (1,693 feet), is near Church Stretton. One of the most famous hills is the Caer Caradoc, at 459 metres (1,506 ft) which is just by the village of Leebotwood. It includes Carding Mill Valley, a popular recreational area which was developed as a honeypot to draw tourists away from the more sensitive/protected areas of the Mynd. The Wrekin (407 metres (1,335 ft)), located in the far northeastern panhandle of the AONB, is an extremely popular hill with a well-used trail. Located near Wellington, its position close to the major population centres of Shropshire, and good transport links (A5/M54) make it easy to access. Ercall Hill, a notable geological site, is located just to the north of The Wrekin.
Another prominent hill is Corndon Hill, whose summit is in Wales.” Wikipedia - Shropshire Hills AONB