Streatley Hill, #24 on Simon Warren’s Greatest 100 Cycling Climbs is short at 900 meters but stout at 11.6% average grade! The 100 meters from at the halfway point averages 15%. The views aren’t much to speak of as we are surrounded by forest and brush the entire climb. This is a two land road that is in good condition and mildly traveled.
Steepest ½ kilometer begins at 200 meters (14.7%)
The Streatley Hill climb is part of the National Trust and on the border of Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
“The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment in South East England. They are known locally as "the Chilterns". A large portion of the hills was designated officially as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.” Wikipedia - Chiltern Hills AONB
. . . and the North Wessex Downs AONB:
“The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is located in the English counties of West Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The name North Wessex Downs is not a traditional one, the area covered being better known by various overlapping local names, including the Berkshire Downs, the North Hampshire Downs, the White Horse Hills, the Lambourn Downs, the Marlborough Downs, the Vale of Pewsey and Savernake Forest.” Wikipedia - North Wessex Downs AONB
“Streatley Hill is an infamous climb in this region, and a recent inclusion in the professional Tour of Britain only strengthened its status as a classic. It rises from the idyllic villages of Streatley and Goring, and as soon as you leave the A329 that bisects them, this unforgiving stretch of road begins to climb. It is steep to the first bend, a slight left, then steeper still for a short section that takes you to the next slight left-hander, where the gradient increases slightly once more. Apart from numerous sunken iron drainage grilles close to the gutter, the surface is good, almost smooth in places. Passing a driveway on the left you reach the final push and the hardest sector. As the road bends right you can picture the summit but have to work very hard to reach it as the road banks left, topping out just past a National Trust car park. Take care here as this is a busy spot with cars turning to enter and exit the car park.
Where Follow the Thames heading north west from Reading along the A329. As the road reaches Streatley, take the first and only left turn on to the narrow B4009 and start to climb..” More
“Streatley hill is a short and steep climb from the village of Goring on the B4009, heading West. It is used in Reading CC hill climbs and is one of the steepest climbs in the area. It is reached by going through a set of traffic lights on the A329. After a short section of gentle gradient, it becomes steep 12-18% and stays at this gradient for 0.6km. As you get close to the crest of the hill, the gradient eases off as you reach the summit. The hill climb course uses the steepest 0.8 km, which gives an average gradient of 18%.
Streatley is one of the hardest hills in the area, and made S.Warren’s 100 Greatest Hill Climbs (24). The full hill climbs 120 metres and is 1 miles. It has also featured in the Tour of Britain on occasions.
I’ve done Streatley hill back in 2004 and 2005 – without any particular distinction. After a long gap, I rode again in 2012. It made good preparation for that years National hill climb course on the Rake. – which is similar length and gradient.” More