Sky Ride and British Cycling have named what they deem to be the 10 best cycling descents in Britain as part of their search to find the UK’s perfect hill. Making the final cut are Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge and Yorkshire’s Holme Moss.
Hundreds of locations were suggested by the public and a judging panel made up of Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, Lonely Planet Cycling Guide editor Etain O’Carroll and Sky Ride ambassador Lorraine Kelly then whittled them down on the basis of route itself, views offered, historical resonance and what it means to the individual.
Other descents making the shortlist include the Rest And Be Thankful road (A83) near Loch Lomond, Newlands Corner in Surrey, Silver Street in Lyme Regis and Blackstone Edge in West Yorkshire. Hampshire’s Old Winchester Hill, Ham Common in Richmond and Ralph Allen Drive, just down the road from BikeRadar’s UK base in Bath, complete the top 10.
What do you think of the shortlist? Has your favourite descent been overlooked? Which of the above is the worthy winner? Let us know below.