I cycled up the steepest hill in England... and it was easy

Vale Street defeated me once before, but it would not happen a second time

Adam Becket on Vale Street
(Image credit: Google Street View)

There is a road in Bristol that's so steep that the cars have to park at an angle so they simply don't roll down it, and there are scrapes on the road surface from those turning on and off it. It's so steep that those cars are sometimes tied to lampposts, and the hill is used for egg rolling at Easter. Vale Street is not simple to walk up, especially in cleats, trust me.

And yet it is a road that I was desperate to cycle up. It's part of folklore in Bristol, and was something that I wanted to conquer, just to say I've done it. It doesn't really matter if I ever manage it again, I just wanted to get up it once.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.