Heygate Bank (Rosedale)

Distance 0.81 miles

Max Gradient 25%

Where do you find it?

It’s a long haul to get here if you live in the Teesside area and you will have already have travelled at least 20-30 miles to get to the foot of the climb. What’s more you will probably have already hauled yourself up the climb from Castleton to Rosedale Head or if you really like to suffer you may have taken in the Westerdale Climbs (Artist’s Cottage, Hob Hole and on to Rosedale Head) It could be worse though you could be doing the Chimney! The most obvious way to get here is to take the descent from Rosedale Head via Bell End Farm. Once in Rosedale itself take the left turn, you can’t get this wrong as there’s only one.

Description

One way to psychologically prepare yourself for this climb is to ride to Rosedale with the intention of climbing the Chimney, then at the last moment give yourself a reprieve on the condition that you do this climb instead! You’ll still be in for a tough time though. The climb starts gently as you go past the 25% sign, then you go under a wonderful canopy of trees, it steepens here but is quite manageable and would be really enjoyable if only you hadn’t seen that sign to remind you of what lies ahead. I would recommend that you don’t push too hard on this section even though you might be tempted. Once out of the canopy the really steep section looms into view with the road taking a sharp left, here it gets really tough and seems to match its claimed 25%. It goes on for long enough to get you blowing, just keep going though as the relative pleasures of a 6-8% gradient lie ahead when the road goes left and crosses a cattle grid – always great to bounce over when you’re winching you way up a climb! Just when you thought that’s it another section kicks up at around 18%, but then it’s over, you’re on top of the moor now and a great view unfolds. If you look to the west across the valley this offers a great view of the sliver of tarmac that is the legendary Rosedale Chimney climb and all its horrors!

It makes sense to carry on now and combine this with a great ride over Hamer Moor and Glaisdale or Egton High Moors to make a great North York Moors day out, there will be a few other climbs to negotiate though, whichever way you go.

Descent

This should be an enjoyable descent through the trees to the village once you’ve cleared the steeper top bit unfortunately the road surface is now very poor and potholed so you need to keep your wits about you

Dave’s Sheep Rating (out of 5)

Another sheep based climb, especially at the top, Dave wasn’t here but I think he’d give it a:
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Photos

Start of the climb

Start of the climb

The road now really starts to go up, the steep left hander is in the distance

The road now really starts to go up, the steep left hander is in the distance

The final section up to the top, the end bit is steeper than it looks, probably 18% or so.

The final section up to the top, the end bit is steeper than it looks, probably 18% or so.

The final section up to the top, the end bit is steeper than it looks, probably 18% or so.

The final section up to the top, the end bit is steeper than it looks, probably 18% or so.

Our Ratings and Comments

  • Paul – 7. The second hardest way out of Rosedale and a real test. Typical North York Moors climb, low gears needed and as always with climbs get the pacing right and it will be much easier.

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!
  1. Paul Christon

    Just been up this today and some resurfacing work has been done, so most of the lower sections are now lovely smooth tarmac. Still a descent that needs respect though.

  2. The sharp right hander on the steep part of the descent (before the section through the trees) seems to be claiming quite a few club riders, so treat this descent with respect!

  3. Rode up it on Sunday 30th Aug 2015 after doing the Chimney Bank (from the south) , you can’t do anything but respect this climb , sit in the saddle for as long as you can , as soon as you’re out of it the clock starts ticking. The views at the top are some of the best i’ve ever seen , well worth the pain and sweat. Carl Easton (Elmsall RC)

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