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A snowy conquest of Carlton Bank in the North York Moors

Looking back down Carlton Bank

The 100 greatest UK cycling climbs are now dropping thick and fast. After dispensing with climbs #87 & #88 in North Wales two weeks earlier, this week I took on climb #58; Carlton Bank.  It may have been sub-zero with snow and ice on the roads and a wind that almost blew me up and over the wall but at least there was no hail this time. 546

The hardest road climb in England? #55 Rosedale Chimney

Rosedale Chimney Bank Climb August 2015

It's not the longest climb, it's not the climb boasting the greatest elevation gain either and it's also not the climb at the highest altitude but. I'm tempted just to leave it at that; just a lingering 'but'. If Rosedale Chimney isn't the steepest climb in the UK then it's pretty well close to it! 413

Exploring the North York Moors – Day 3

Open Trail, Open Moors

My main recollection of waking up on Day 3 was the feeling of getting out of bed in full view of the passing public. It wasn't that we'd slept in or that we'd mistakenly camped in the town square; it was only the odd couple of dog walkers and joggers but it still felt strange to be stretching and crawling out from my shelter at 6:00 AM in front of people busily going about their morning routine. So as we had on Day 2, we promptly packed up our stuff, back into our bags and for the final time headed off to find supplies. 181

Exploring the North York Moors – Day 2

Danby Beacon

Waking up under a 'canvas' sheet to the sound of the waves rolling in against the rocks below our cliffside, the sun up already and a day of mountain biking into the unknown ahead of us, we certainly felt no need for a 'lie in'. Yesterday's ride up from Cropton to Whitby had stretched the legs but we both awoke in high spirits and eager for Day 2. 157

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