These are the 10 best views I’ve discovered on two wheels to date.*
(This is UK only, the Alps are quite nice and are basically viewdoping and therefore ineligible.)
1 Steyning Bostal, Sussex
A lesser known climb than it’s big brother, Ditchling, down the road, Steyning Bostal sits above the picture postcard village of Steyning and offers panoramic views back down to the east.
2 Gospel Pass, Black Mountains
The Brecons are brimming with beautiful vistas, but the top of the Gospel Pass really does feel special. There is a feeling of being on top of the world from up here, with the dramatic scenery around falling down into the vast valley below. You can see why it has a holy name.
3 Box Hill, Surrey
Despite being arguably too popular for it’s own good now, Box Hill does still offer some of the best views around, both from the official viewpoint looking south at the top, as well as from the long 3rd switchback looking over to the valley to the west with a well stocked NT cafe at the top.
4 Torcross, Devon
The whole road around the coast here from Torcross to Dartmouth via Slapton Sands is spectacular with little coves flanked by short & steep climbs up the headland as well as the pan-flat stretch along the beach at Slapton.
5 Ditchling Beacon, Sussex
Another famous one, Ditchling offers great views both to the north back towards London and the south over Brighton to the Channel. It’s worth dismounting and walking a short distance to the grassy top of the hill to take in the view at it’s best.
6 Honister Pass, Lake District
Pretty much any of the epic passes in the Lakes could make this list. For me, the view looking back from Honister is the best I’ve seen. You could be at the top of an Alp, yet you’re actually just 4 hours from London.
7 Newland’s Corner, Surrey
Popular with cyclists, I seem to remember Newland’s winning ‘Best place to cycle in the UK’ or something similar a couple of years ago. With a cafe and a vast grassy hillside upon which to enjoy an ice cream, there’s not many better spots in the area for a mid-ride refreshment.
8 Haytor, Devon
Dartmoor is phenomenal on the view front across it’s whole area, with craggy Tors, rolling hillside and vast expanses of open moorland interspersed with 18th century engine houses like Wheal Betsy. Haytor is a popular climb used in the Tour of Britain, and from the summit offers a 360 degree view over most of Devon.
9 Holme Moss, Yorkshire
Made world-famous in the 2014 Tour de France, the view from the northern slopes looking back towards Holmfirth shows Yorkshire at its finest.
10 Bough Beech, Kent
I can’t recall exactly where this photo was taken, but this area of Kent is full of nice vistas. Away from the tree-covered peaks of Toy’s & Ide Hill, a number of the neighbouring climbs offer great views, particularly down towards the Bough Beech reservoir.
*and taken a photo of.