Stanton Challenge

Stanton Moor is a big lump of a hill that sits at the confluence of the Wye and Derwent rivers. It’s a mystical place with several stone circles and a few villages and hamlets dotted around the massif.

It’s also got a cracking selection if shortish lung bustingly hard climbs to get to the top. The challenge is to to all of them in one ride. No prizes, stickers or patches on offer, just the kudos of knowing you’ve conquered the massif.

First of several climbs that finish at Pilhough. This one takes no prisoners and has a relentless start and finish.

This climbs a little less popular than most of the climbs on Stanton Moor, mainly because it takes a bit of effort to get to it. It is a cracker though with a maximum gradient of 26% and a few lovely switchbacks thrown into the mix.

One of the most popular climbs onto Stanton Moor. Painfully hard at the start and finish and ends in the pretty village of Stanton in the Peak.

This climb starts in the pretty hamlet of Stanton Lees. At the time of writing it’s closed to traffic due to a landslip but accessible to cyclists. Whilst this does stop you getting a full effort in due to having to stop at the barriers it does mean that it’s traffic free. There’s nice views from the top looking down the valley towards Matlock.

Blisteringly draggy climb that goes through the village of Stanton Lees. One of those where you think you’re pedalling squares for most of it.

What this climb lacks in length it makes up for in brutality. The further you go, the harder it gets, maxing out at around 19%. It has a Flemish feel to it with it’s length and being a holloway and reminds me of the Koppenberg but without the cobbles.

This is a steady climb that ramps up just before the village of Birchover. Reward your self at the end with a socially distanced pint in one of the two pubs.