Limber Hill (Glaisdale)

Distance 0.26 miles

Max Gradient claimed 33%

Where do you find it?

Glaisdale is one of a number of picturesque villages that lie upon the River Esk, it sits between Lealholm and Egton Bridge. It’s worth taking this climb in as part of a route that involves Castleton, Danby and Lealholm or by crossing over the high moors from Rosedale. Either way to get to the base of the climb you need to drop down through the village of Glaisdale, this is a great approach as you will be full of beans and so will be fully limbered up to attack Limber Hill!


A tiddler of a hill really in this part of the moors with the much grander climbs of Egton, Glaisdale and Grosmont surrounding it on all sides. It is well known though as it is the most direct way to get from Glaisdale to Egton, Grosmont and Goathland and as such tends to be a much ridden climb, it is also included on the Endeavour 90 mile route and the full Ryedale Rumble route. On top of this it boasts a 33% sign which tends to attract the masochistic cyclist and for that reason, if no other, it deserves its place on the site.

The road twists and turns at the base of Glaisdale then flattens off briefly as you enter the start of the climb. Normally a 33% sign means severe pain but this is not the case on Limber Hill. Firstly I’m not convinced it’s a true 33 percenter, it is very steep for a short section at the bottom, maybe even slightly more than 25%, but it’s not as steep as the steepest sections on Rosedale Chimney, Hardknott Pass in the Lakes or even the little climb up near Hawnby called Ladhill Beck Bank, all of which claim 30% or more. I’d say it’s about as steep as the steepest sections on Scarth Nick  which ironically only has a 20% sign yet measures 25% on a Garmin. Secondly it’s not long enough. From the bottom the road turns sharp right and is at its steepest straight away, it carries only like this for maybe 50 metres or so then eases, and although fairly steep the worst is already over. If you’re feeling good you could even attack this and power up this steep section and get it over with. It carries on at a gradient that will make you work hard until about 0.15 of a mile and then starts to flatten out around a left hand bend with the finish coming quickly after that near a house on the right.


The surface is quite good and grippy but it’s too short to really enjoy and the sharp left hand bend right at the bottom with the climb at its steepest means that you have to kill your speed to avoid an unpleasant experience.

Dave’s Sheep Rating

Meeting sheep here is unlikely but not out of the question.



The start of the climb, the claimed 33% section comes just after the right turn
The start of the climb, the claimed 33% section comes just after the right turn
At the easier top section looking back down the climb
At the easier top section looking back down the climb

Our Ratings and Comments

  • Paul – 4. – Not long enough to really hurt, unless you are over geared, but worthy of a 4 for the severity of gradient, maybe a little harder than Saltburn Bank.

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!

2 replies on “Limber Hill (Glaisdale)”

This has now featured as an unclassified climb on the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and 2016 and perhaps more famously on the Look North footage when presenter Jeff Brown was put into difficulty by 6 Cleveland Wheeler ‘big hitters’

LIMBER Hill is worst going down than up The road always seems to be greasy and it is only luck and wary drivers coming around the bottom left hander that has prevented me from ending upin the RiverESK.Dont underestimate the bottom 100yds or so it can be treacherous

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