Botton Bank

Distance 0.78 miles

Max Gradient around 15-18%

Where do you find it?

Approaching Castleton after the descent of Castleton Bank, carry on until the junction near Castleton Tea Rooms, then turn left heading towards Danby. When the road flattens as you exit Castleton take the right heading up the short steep climb towards Ainthorpe. Take the right after the school as you enter Ainthorpe, this is called Longlands Lane. Follow this lane for a couple of miles as you head towards the foot of the climb, as you near the head of the valley look to your right and you will see the climb. It starts at Danby Botton after a 90 degree right hand bend and short descent.

Description

A climb of two halves and of good character with beautiful expansive views thoughout as it cuts an impressive line up onto the ridge in true North York Moors style, using as little tarmac as possible! The first section is probably around 8-10%, starting on a straight section of narrow road, the surface isn’t too bad but even here the climb is hard going. It deviates left at a large house but still at about 8% and with high dry stone walls defining the road you get an idea of the gradient on the upper section. At 0.4 miles the road swings right and noticeably steepens just before a cattlegrid, probably to around 12%. Then it sweeps left and steepens some more to around 15%, maybe a little steeper, this is now sustained steep climbing though nowhere near the claimed 33%. It never has you in severe trouble but you will happy to reach the top, which is on the road midway between Castleton and Ralph’s Cross.

The Descent

Entertaining though a bit sketchy at times, the surface isn’t bad but it’s narrow and you don’t want to be letting the brakes fully off until you are on the bottom straight section.

Dave’s Sheep Rating (out of 5)

Walled so only likely at the top section says Dave.

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Photos

The upper section of the climb viewed from a distance from the valley approach road, you can make out the line as it cuts left across the ridge

The upper section of the climb viewed from a distance from the valley approach road, you can make out the line as it cuts left across the ridge

The initial 8-10% straight section

The initial 8-10% straight section

Approaching the top section

Approaching the top section

Looking down from the top with the dreaded 33% sign, way too optimistic, but it is steep

Looking down from the top with the dreaded 33% sign, way too optimistic, but it is steep

Our Ratings and Comments:

    • 6 – Sustained climbing and gets steeper, longer than you think too.

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!

Paul Christon

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