Rievaulx Bank

Distance 0.6 miles

Max Gradient sign says 16%, probably about right.

Where do you find it?

Easy to find but quite a trek to get to. Probably best to approach it on the way back after a long circular ride out through Helmsley or Hawnby, maybe done after Murton Bank or Boltby Bank. If you just want to climb the bank though you could just ride straight down the B1257 towards Helmsley, climb Newgate bank first then after about three miles look out for the right turn to Rievaulx. The bank takes you down to the village.

Description

Is this the climb on the site with the most picturesque surroundings? I think it might be. The climb starts at the Abbey near the 16% sign and rises straightaway, maybe to about 10% at first as it makes the way through the beautiful village. The road surface is good throughout and at this point you can look round and take in the stunning surroundings, it really is a must do climb this and to think I nearly left it out, what was I thinking!? When you encounter the right hand bend as you leave the village you may start to feel a little differently about it as you now encounter the steepest section at 16%, quite tough this and you will be relieved when it eases back to 8-10%. It stays like this for the remainder of the climb under the cover of a wood until it ends abruptly at the junction with the B1257. Now you have a long trek back down Bilsdale to look forward to, may the wind go with you!

The Descent

Well surfaced and not too narrow but it is busy in the summer and in autumn and winter it can be greasy and strewn in leaves on the upper section which does not get much sun. A climb to glide down while admiring the scenery!

Dave’s Sheep Rating (out of 5)

Sheep free, more or less

Sheep

Photos

Look to your right at the start of the climb and you will see this

Look to your right at the start of the climb and you will see this

The lower slopes as you head up through the village

The lower slopes as you head up through the village

The steep section as you leave the village

The steep section as you leave the village

Now that’s what I call a proper sign! Doesn’t seem that steep here but you are looking down a 10% slope

Now that’s what I call a proper sign! Doesn’t seem that steep here but you are looking down a 10% slope

Our Ratings and Comments:

  • 5 – tough little climb, quite sustained in its gradient, though not too long and sheltered throughout by buildings and trees.

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