What are the best UK routes that include some good climbs?

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TonyR
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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby TonyR » 16 Feb 2016, 2:12pm

Box Hill is a fairly gentle climb so you might want to get a few more hills under your belt before you sign up for the Fred Whitton Challenge :wink:

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby pete75 » 16 Feb 2016, 4:48pm

A reasonable amount of climbing here . You could start it from near Colsterworth under 30 miles from P'boro.

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby elPedro666 » 20 Feb 2016, 12:16am

The 'ideally within an hour of Peterborough' bit of this seems to have been very much lost amongst lots of 'come to my patch, it's ace!'

Not that there's anything wrong with bigging up your local gems of course, that's a well established and respected institution

That 100 Climbs book is ace - sadistic friend bought me a copy last birthday and I've had great/sick fun with it!

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby Ross K » 20 Feb 2016, 7:48am

If you fancy a long weekend or more, Northumberland and/or the Scottish Borders are filled with hundreds of miles of hilly back roads with virtualy no traffic, all year round.

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby sbcoombs » 28 Feb 2016, 9:33am

Ride across through Kingscliffe and Harringworth. Up the hill to Caldecote or go past Eyebrook Resevoir and take in Nevil Holt on a tour round through Uppingham to return to Peterborough.
You'll get plenty of taxing hills in that ride, although obviously not anything like travelling further afield.

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby sjs » 28 Feb 2016, 5:43pm

The Derbyshire/Staffordshire moorlands of the south Peak District are reasonably reachable from Peterborough and have some good climbs in and out of the Dove and Manifold valleys in the Hartington, Warslow, Elkstone, Alstonefield, Wetton, Butterton, Grindon area, including a very nice ridge road at Morridge Moor (an interesting place complete with local legend about a mermaid. There used to be a very atmospheric pub there called The Mermaid Inn, now hopelessly done up and turned into some sort of upmarket holiday let).

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby drossall » 28 Feb 2016, 7:25pm

The problem is that you want hills near a very flat place :lol:

As others have said, from where you are, head west. Otherwise, it's further afield to the southern Peak District, or the Chilterns haven't been mentioned and have some decent, if not massive, hills - south of Aylesbury, for example.

The suggestion of riding a few Audaxes to benefit from others' local knowledge is good.

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Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

Postby Vorpal » 29 Feb 2016, 8:58am

Are there any hills within an hour of Peterborough? :lol: :lol:

The Peak District is probably your best bet: Rowsley Bar, Riber Road, Curbar Gap, and Hindersitch Lane.

Peterborough about 2.5 hours from the infamous Winnats Pass.
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