Hawnby Moors Climbing Circuit

image of the intensity profile for climbing video

The minor moor “roller coaster” road from Osmotherley to Hawnby is one of the most beautiful cycling roads anywhere. You'll cover the popular 30 mile loop in just over 2 hours with multiple short steep climbing intervals.


The minor moor “roller coaster” road from Osmotherley to Hawnby in the North Yorkshire Moors is one of the most beautiful cycling roads anywhere. You'll cover the popular 30 mile loop in just over 2 hours but they’ll fly over. Multiple short steep threshold climbing intervals and longer sweet spot intervals make this a great longer indoor ride because the terrain and effort level is constantly changing.


2D elevation profile of the Hawnby Climbing Loop Training Video


The 5 min warm up is followed by several ramps and the short climb of Moor End, these should help to prepare your legs for the real serious work that begins on Clack Lane climb up to Osmotherley, then onto Burnthouse Bank to take you up onto the Moors proper.


From here it’s a pure Moorland roller coaster with steep hills providing tough threshold and sweet spot intervals all the way to Hawnby.The steep climb out of Hawnby is called Murton Bank and starts off steep reaching 25% in places, This steep section will take you about 6 minutes, and you’ll be tempted to hammer it, but keep something in reserve for the end of the steep section because it doesn’t flatten completely so you’ll be in for a full 8 minutes of sweet spot climbing. This a great for training your body to recover after hard effort while still keeping the hurt on.

A fast pedalling descent of Sneck Yate/Boltby Bank will help spin your legs clear but you’ll soon be hitting more short sharp climbs before setting in for the flat 15 minute sweet spot interval back to the start.
A tough 2 hrs session best reserved for your weekly long ride, but as video is delivered in two parts you can easily split ride over two sessions.