Hill climbing in North Norfolk

Norfolk isn't renowned for its hills. In fact, I don't think that there aren't any geographical ripples in the region that can be defined as hills. This makes it difficult for those of us who enjoy cycling uphill, but there are a few places where you can enjoy at least a few minutes of hard ascending.

One notable feature of North Norfolk is the ridge on the north coast, most pronounced between Overstrand, Cromer and Sheringham. In particular, Beacon Hill that runs out of West Runton (between Sheringham and Cromer) is quite a slog; here's a video I made of the climb:

In an effort to complete the 2013 Rapha Rising Challenge (on Strava) I decided to do two different types of riding. One involves riding up and down the north coast ridge as much as possible. The other is to go off-road in Bacton Woods (near North Walsham) which doesn't feature any long climbs, but has lots of steep trails.

Ridge in the mist

Ride on 2013-07-19 04:49:08, at North Walsham

Gear: Ridley Noah (Ridley Noah 1303am)

99km in 3:23:42

Average speed29.3 kmh
Max speed61.9 kmh
Average heart rate137 bpm
Average power172 Watts
Elevation gain1389 metres

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Here's my record of some Bacton Woods riding:

Another hilly session in the woods

Ride on 2013-07-15 10:49:59, at North Walsham

Gear: Specialized Crux Elite

36km in 1:48:41

Average speed19.8 kmh
Max speed52.6 kmh
Average heart rate133 bpm
Average power164 Watts
Elevation gain693 metres

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My name is John Swindells and I'm a keen recreational cyclist with a preference for long one-day rides. I've also previously dabbled in time trialling and cyclo-cross. See more of what I get up to on Strava!

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