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Rosedale Chimney Bank - Rosedale Abbey

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Average grade: 11.9 %

Length: 1.47 km

Altitude start: 137 m

Altitude top: 312 m

Ascent: 175 m

Maximum: 33 %

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Difficulty ranking world: 5855 (all)
Ranking England: 17 (all)
Difficulty score: 46.1 what?

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Almost certainly the steepest section of road in Britain, Rosedale Chimney Bank is often included in the Tour of Britain as it is a true 1 in 3 climb at one point. Go south from the village of Rosedale Abbey. The climb is immediately steep - a sign tells you youre about to tackle a 1 in 3 hill. You encounter a cattle grid which doesnt help matters, after which the road hits 25% on the first corner of a switchback, followed by the steepest part of the climb (33%) - a very steep second corner and unforgiving section after it. The climb then relents to about 20% before easing off to the top (view of mines on your right from a car park area) and on to the vast expanse of Spaunton Moor.

The Rosedale Chimney Bank is situated in North Yorkshire. Starting from Rosedale Abbey, the Rosedale Chimney Bank ascent is 1.47 km long. Over this distance, you climb 175 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 11.9 %. The maximum slope is 33 %.

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Story by Lee F from St Neots, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/04/2014
Second go on the chimney, let''s say first time I was already beaten before I tried it. Key is to save energy on the initial part before the cattle grid. It then kicks up around the famous hairpins, but they are not too bad and very do-able seated.

At the second hairpin try and stay right where the gradient is lighter. Then look up and see the horror!

On a light bike you''ll be wheelying if you sit down, my approach was out of the saddle in 34/25 and just grind away at little over walking pace. The first 50m are horrifying but after that it eases up and undulates for the remainder of the climb.

Great sense of achievement in doing this and look out for the "good luck" shouts from drivers coming the other way.

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Story by Tony Walsh from Knottingley, United Kingdom, submitted on 11/01/2014
Did the climb today fairly fresh as we parked near Pickering and did an 80km loop, wow it''s a brutal climb through the bends and beyond when it really ramps up to 33% front wheel lifting back wheel spinning in the wet.

Get to the first car park and you have an easier time to the top.
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Story by Jay Guarnieri from Rayleigh, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/11/2013
By far the hardest climb I''d attempted (Until Blakey Bank later in the day). The ratio on my 36x25 road bike made it too tough with already heavy legs. Made it round the hairpins but seeing that next ramp destroyed me mentally and I unclipped before I fell off. I''ll be ready for it next time.
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Story by mark barnes from Driffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/09/2013
did chimney bank yesterday 28/9/13!gearing was compact 50/34 rear using 25 toothed ring!!very hard front wheel came up twice on me straight after the first left hand hairpin..the videos on youtube don t do it justice.its god damn steep..well done to neil dawn and mike for taggng along!!!
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Story by Doug Sheppard from Brigg Lincs, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/05/2013
Cracked it 3 times now, definitely one to add to your list of life''s achievements! Rode it on a Boardman SLR, seriously light with 13 stone of passenger, it doesn''t get any easier! :-)
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Story by Mac from Leeds, United Kingdom, submitted on 25/10/2011
I am a new starter to the sport and this is my first season. I''ve tried the climb twice. The first approach unlucky. It was bothering me so I went again and ''yes'' - made it. My bike: Specialized Allez 11.5 kg - ratio 30x22 Shimano 2300. Loved it but would appreciate a lighter bike. Recommend a short climb near Halifax called Lee Lane - a nice 25% on cobbles.
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Story by Paul Christon from Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, submitted on 31/08/2011
I''d put this off for many years as just to get there from the coast is 20 miles of hard climbing. Did it on a road bike with a compact chainset, it is very tough but if you take the bottom section as easy as you can you''ll be okay. The section after the lefthand hairpin is the crucial steepest section, not the hairpins themselves as many people seem to say so go as easy as you can round them. Just tell yourself you can get up it and you will. Good luck!
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Story by Steve from York, United Kingdom, submitted on 10/11/2010
Did this climb under good conditions. The really tough section lasts about 100m. If you take the outside of the 2nd hairpin its easier but the crux to me was the next ramp where my wheel wanted to lift all the time. I used 34x32 (SRAM Apex) on a 8.5kg road bike and did the whole thing seated (too scared to stand up in case I needed to unclip!). Fantastic descent to Hutton-le-Hole follows.
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Story by Tim from Driffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 25/07/2010
Did this climb on a rigid mtb with 1"" tyres. Ratio of something like 22/23, the smaller wheels made it a little easier. Got out of the saddle after the hair pin where its still steep to relieve the pressure and it felt like my wheels had been squared off! Nasty hill that one!
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Story by Ged from Leeds, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/06/2010
Didnt go up it, Had to go down it in heavy rain, very scary. Will return for the challenge of going up soon enough, it looks like it will hurt.
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