We ride Britain's newest epic cycling climb

Some new tarmac laid on an old access road climbing out of the Hope Valley might just have created Britain's toughest climb.

Bamford Clough, Britain's steepest climb
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

“Do you know what ‘nemesis’ means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an ‘orrible hill...” Never before have I let a climb get under my skin like this one, NEVER. For a period of 10 days last September it utterly consumed my every waking, and plenty of my sleeping hours. 

Over the years I’ve had many a nemesis, Hardknott Pass beat me the first time but I went back the next day and took my revenge - as I did on Rosedale Chimney after snapping a chain at the first attempt. 

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Simon Warren

Simon has been riding for over 30 years and has a long connection with Cycling Weekly, he was once a designer on the magazine and has been a regular contributor for many years. Arguably, though, he is best known as the author of Cycling Climbs series of books. Staring with 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in 2010, Simon has set out to chronicle and, of course, ride the toughest cycling climbs across the UK and Europe. Since that first book, he's added 11 more, as well Ride Britain which showcases 40 inspirational road cycling routes. Based in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Simon continues to keep riding his bike uphill and guides rides, hosts events and gives talks on climbing hills on bikes!