It seems that since the scenes at Buttertubs Pass on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France, Yorkshire has been especially associated with stunning scenery and cycling climbs. The Yorkshire Wolds doesn’t have quite the same brutal ascents as, say, Park Rash in the Dales that featured so prominently in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. There are, however, a number of climbs in the Wolds that can test the unsuspecting cyclist. In fact, when Simon Warren produced his second regional volume ‘Cycling Climbs of Yorkshire: A Road Cyclist’s Guide‘, no fewer than seven of the 75 climbs that made it in to that edition were in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Five of the best Yorkshire Wolds climbs were included in a 200km challenge ride I put together in 2016 and over time you can expect to read a short summary of each of these five and others starting with Settrington Bank under the category ‘Cycling Climbs’.
Settrington Bank is the only notable climb to face when riding the YWCR in a clockwise direction as this tourist route bypasses most of the more challenging hills. If you attempt the YWCR in an anti-clockwise direction you can, for example, rest your legs awhile as you drop in to Thixendale after the long and winding road climbing out of Leavening. The “Fuller Gallery” road out of Thixendale and Trundlegate out of South Newbald are also climbs well known to cyclists in the Yorkshire Wolds.