Epsom

Famous for horses, Epsom’s pretty good for bikes too. The racecourse sits on top of the Downs with great views back towards London over the Epsom Downs golf course. There’s several ways up to the top, all similar in gradient but when strung together can amount to a decent workout if in the area without…

Wimbledon

Wimbledon has a ridge running across it from Raynes Park up to Southfields which gives rise to around a dozen short but often quite steep climbs. I did about 80% of the 2015 Rapha Rising challenge on Victoria Drive in this area and it’s a good place with pretty quiet roads to get some climbing…

Highgate

The longest climbs of Central London can be found to the east of Hampstead Heath in the slopes up to Highgate. Swain’s Lane is the most famous and most difficult way to the top, with some parallel roads available to mix it up a bit. Swains Lane starts from the roundabout on Highgate Road north of…

Newland’s Corner

Climb in a sentence. Approachable from two sides, but more commonly approached from the North on Shere Road which doesn’t quite hit 10% and is a fairly gentle mile long climb that gets you to the cafe & viewpoint. View rating. 8/10 One of the best in the area, with a large car park and…

Bagden Hill (Chapel Lane)

Climb in a sentence. A short and steep climb on the road that links Westhumble to Bookham including a section at 15% as the road bends away to the right before it flattens out at the top. View rating. 3/10 Not a lot to report from the top, but nearby Polesden Lacy has some nice angles…

Whitedown Lane

Climb in a sentence. Horrible if you’ve already emptied your legs, a really steep brute of a climb once you round the right-hand hairpin with the gradient a constant 15-20% to force you out of the saddle and desperate for the half mile effort to end. View rating. 3/10 Difficulty rating. 8/10 Strava Link

Coldharbour Lane

Climb in a sentence. Probably the longest single climb in the area at a shade under 2 miles, with the first mile out of Dorking fairly gentle and the second half broken into two testing 10% ramps. View rating. 5/10. You can look down towards Westcott from the top but it’s a narrow field of…

Ranmore Road

Climb in a sentence. Long and straight with variable gradient, the lack of notable bends make it feel longer than it is, but with ramps up to 20% it saps the legs. View rating.  7/10. The best views are from a little National Trust stile 2/3rds of the way up on the left hand side…

Ranmore Common Road

Climb in a sentence. Constantly increasing in gradient right up to the top, with a sharp hairpin at the end, you don’t want to empty the tank too early up this road. View rating. 7/10 Nothing to speak of at the top of the climb itself, however the National Trust Car Park on the main…

Leith Hill

Climb in a sentence.  More of a test than Box Hill with some steep sections nudging double figure gradients, and has several routes up to the summit to keep you coming back for more. View rating. 5/10. The road is surrounded by trees which obscure the view from the bike. However if feeling energetic there’s…

Box Hill

  Climb in a sentence. Probably the best known climb in England, a constant 5% gradient over four billiard-table smooth switchbacks with a spectacular view at the top down over Surrey and beyond. View rating. 9/10. From the top looking south towards the south coast at Brighton there are few better vistas in the area. The view…