Steepest Hills in Yorkshire

Trooper Lane Halifax – 25% Max

If you’re a cyclist in Yorkshire, you’re spoilt for choice if looking for some steepest hill. In the Yorkshire Dales, there are plenty of climbs which touch the dreaded 1 in 4 (or 25% in modern money).

The steepest Hills in Yorkshire

Park Rash, north of Kettlewell
  • Park Rash ascending from Kettlewell a steep section of 25% on a double haipin bend (makes for a tricky ascent.



  • Fleet Moss from Hawes south. At the top it reaches 22% for a considerable time. It’s a really hard climb and reaches the highest point in Yorkshire


Shibden Wall – 25% cobbled climb near Halifax. Notice steps for pedestrians.

Carlton Bank – max 30%


Carlton Bank. N.York Moors

Rosedale Chimney Max 33% – N.York Moors

Rosedale Chimney. Photo: Hector Patrick.

The Steepest Hill though goes to Rosedale Chimney in the North York Moors, which reaches a staggering 33%. Hopefully, you won’t come across one of the inevitable caravans stuck on the tricky hairpins.

Boltby Bank 25%


Sutton Bank 25%


Sutton Bank A170 – caravans banned for good reason.


White Horse Climb from Kilburn is an alternative way up to the top of Sutton Bank – just as steep though.

See also Hills of North York Moors

Jackson Bridge. Max 20% near Huddersfield

jackson Bridge. Photo Alan Jones. Venue for 2015 national hill climb championship

See Cycle Touring in Yorkshire Dales for more


  • Buttertubs from Muker south. Another tough 25% section at bottom, with plenty more climbing at 17%

Cobbles also feature in Calderdale see cycling

If you are a walker looking for steep hills in Yorkshire then you will have to tell us. The days of bouldering and rock climbing are behind me and because the only scrambling I do now is with eggs.


James Allen’s 50 Classic Cycle Climbs in Yorkshire / Peak District, which includes all the steep climbs that you will find in Yorkshire.

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