Saltburn Bank

Distance 0.2 miles

Max Gradient 25 %

Where do you find it?

If you live to the east of Saltburn head for Brotton then follow the signs for Saltburn. If you live to the south or west the best way to go is to go through Skelton along the High Street heading east then taking the left turn as the road starts to drop down. From here you cross the A174 going straight on at the roundabout before joining Saltburn Lane passing Rushpool Hall on the way. If you happen to live in Saltburn or have come that way you’ll simply have to ride down it then straight back up again!


A local classic, short and sweet with two cool hairpin bends. You should arrive at the bottom feeling relatively fresh as you’ll probably have just descended down Saltburn Road from Brotton or from Skelton via Saltburn Lane. It’s obvious where the road goes – there’s no other way up unless you opt for the Cliff Lift – and the surface is really good having been resurfaced recently. Don’t be put off by the 25% gradient you won’t even feel it until after the second hairpin, honest!

The last bit will stress the lungs, more so than the legs, over the last fifty yards or so but before you know it you’ll have crested the top. It’s probably one of those climbs that is easier when you attack it as it’s just short enough to do this. Non cycling friends will always be impressed when you tell them that you can breeze up it. John confessed that he had never climbed it before but found it quite easy. A climb of great character with the option of a café near the top, what more could you want?


The two hairpins
The two hairpins
Now for the hard bit!
Now for the hard bit!

Our Ratings and Comments:

  • Paul – 4  ‘Best to attack it’
  • Dave – 4  ‘Your lungs catch you up at the top’
  • John – 4  ‘Easier than I thought’

It certainly gets the lungs going but we all agreed that it was easier than it looks. We were all surprised that it was only 0.2 miles long and agreed that if it was half as long again at the same level of steepness it would be a completely different proposition.

Note the ratings are :-

  1. Where’s the slope?
  2. No problem
  3. Big ring
  4. Spinning a gear
  5. It’s a difficult one (a homage to Sean Kelly)
  6. Light up all the boilers!
  7. Handlebar snapper
  8. Licking the front wheel
  9. Dinner plate required
  10. Fetch a nurse!

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