GB & Ireland Hillclimb Venues


Angel Bank

0.5 mile course used in 1922.


Aston Clinton

Located near Aylesbury on a public road which ran through the estate of Alfred de Rothchild. It was first used in 1904, over a 0.75 mile length. A 750 yd version was used in 1921, a 1200 yd course in 1922, and both 1400 yds and 968.5 yds in 1923.


Baitings Dam

A narrow, bumpy and steep, circa 400m course on dam access roads located two miles outside of Ripponden off the A58. Used from 1966-2002.


Balkum's Hill

Located in Gouldhurst, Kent, and used in 1923.


Ballyallaban

A 2.2 mile hillclimb in County Clare, Ireland. Used at least from late 1990s onwards.


Barbon Manor

Located near Kirkby, Cumbria. Used since 1960 - 890 yards long.


Beacon Hill

Located near Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire, this 1300 yard hillclimb was used in the 1920s.


Benbradagh

First used in 1977. Located in County Londonderry.


Blandford

A half-mile course used in 1948.


Bodium

Located on the grounds of Bodium New House Farm in Sussex, it was used in the 1950s.


Bo'ness

A half-mile course. First used in 1934 Bo'ness is short for Boroughstounness, the name of the nearby town. The climb is situated on the Kinneil Estate originally owned by the Duke of Hamilton. It hosted the first ever round of the British Hill Climb Championships in 1947.


Bore Hill

Located near Dorking and used in the 1920s.


Bottledown

Used by the Essex County & Southend Aero Club on the 28th June 1924.


Bouley Bay


Hillclimb venue in Jersey. It is the entrance road to a hotel, so if you are staying there when a round of the British championship is held, you can't drive out.


Brunton

A 1/3 mile course used in the 1940s and 1950s. Located in Wiltshire near the villages of Ludgershall, Collingbourne Dulcis and Collingbourne Kingston, it started in a farmyard, with the start banner slung between two barns, one of which housed the timekeepers.


Caerphilly

A 1,194 yard long course with an average gradient of 1-in-8.6, which rose to 1-in-6.2, when the first open event was staged on September 11, 1907.


Cairn Castle

First used in 1967. Located 6 miles north of Larne, County Antrim.


Castel Coch

Known as Red Castle in English, it is located in the Taff Valley to the north of Cardiff.


Castel Farm

Venue run by the Swansea Motor Club from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s.

Castle Howard

Used in the 1960s and 1970s. Was 750 yards long, with three corners.


Catsash

South Wales hillclimb used in the 1920s.


Chalfont St Peter

Hillclimb used in the 1930s.


Chatcombe

A 0.5 mile hillclimb near Cheltenham used in the 1920s.


Chevin

A 1 km hillclimb located near Otley, used in the 1920s.


Coulsdon

0.5 mile hillclimb used by the Epsom Motor Club on the 11th August 1923.


Craigantlet


First used in 1947, and still used today, located near Stormont in Belfast.


Cricket St Thomas

Located in the grounds of a wildlife park, near Chard in Somerset. Used 1980-1998.


Croft

First used in 1977, it is located on the Creighton Green Road, 1.5 miles from Holywood, County Down.


Cultra

First used in 1905, it is located 2 miles east of Holywood, County Down.


Dalgain Brae

Used by the Scottish-Western MC in 1923 and 1924.


Darnacle and Waterworks

Located in Northaw, London, this 600 yd course was used in 1923.


Dean Hill

A 0.75 mile hillclimb used in the 1920s.


Deemster Lane

Located in Saffron Walden, this 700 yard hillclimb was used on the 16th April 1923 by the Disabled Drivers' Motor Club, with N.Black winning in a GN in a time of 30.4s. It was used again in 1924.


Ditcham

An 880 yard climb near Petersfield used from June 1968 to September 1972.


Doune


Located near Stirling, Scotland, on the estate of the Earl of Moray. The track is just under a mile long at 1680 yards.


Druids Temple

A 0.5 mile course used on the 14th May 1923 by the Inverness & District Motor Club.


Drumhorc

Located four miles from Banbridge, County Down.


Dyrham Park

The course is the front drive of the Dyrham Park manor house, situated to the north of Bath on the A46. It was used by the Bristol Motor Club in the 1960s, and was part of the British Hillclimb Championship in 1963, 1964 and 1966. The course was 800 yards long - the holding area was in front of the manor house, and the paddock was at the top of the hill on the right hand side, now a tourist car-park. The venue stopped being used after Ian Swift put his Cooper-Ford into, or more up a tree at Neptune (named after the statue at the apex of the hill to the left of the course). The smaller image to the right shows contour lines (one per 10m), to give an indication of the steepness.


Eagle's Rock

First used in 1967, it is located 5 miles north-west of Coleraine, County Londonderry.


Epynt

First used on the 17th June 2007. It is 1650m long, climbing through 130m.


Everton Brow

Used in 1896 by the Liverpool Self-propelled Traffic Association, a forerunner of the Liverpool Motor Club.


Finlake Park

Located just outside of Chudleigh Knighton (south Devon) in the grounds of a holiday park, it was first used in the mid-1990s.


Fintray


Located on the banks of the river Don to the north of Aberdeen airport. First used in 1966.


Firle

Located in the Sussex Downs near Eastbourne, Firle was used by the Bentley Drivers' Club on the 4th September 1955.


Forrestburn


Scottish hillclimb venue located just of the M8 near the Harthill Service area.


Fort Tourgis

Hillclimb venue located on the island of Alderney. The climb was 845m long, but was shortened for 2001.


Garron Point

Located 4 miles north of Carnlough, County Antrim.


Garrowby

Yorkshire based hillclimb used in the 1920s.


Gorcott Hill

Located on the Birmingham-Alcester Road, the Midland Automobile Club organised events here in 1901 and 1902.


Great Auclum


This hillclimb, which varied in length (mostly over 400 yds - it was 600 yds in 1948), was used between 1938 and 1974. The two pre-WW2 meetings were organised by the Sporting Owner Drivers Club (1938) and the Frazer Nash-BMW Car Club (1939). All post war meetings were organised by the Hampshire and Berkshire Motor Club.


Greenhow Hill

A 1 mile course used by the Junior Car Club on the 23rd June 1923.


Greymare

Greymare, near the Bodmin Road, was a 0.5 mile course used on the 9th September 1922.


Gurston Down


Used since 1967 - 1057 yards long.


Haggerston

May have been a hillclimb, may have been a sprint venue. Used in the 1930s, it was based on the Haggerston estate in Northumbria.


Handpost

Located near Northaw, used in the 1920s.


Harewood

Originally 1448m long, extended to 1584m in the 1990s. Located near Leeds, and used since 1967.


Harleyford

A 800 yd course on the Harleyford Estate on the banks of the Thames near Marlow. It was used in September 1958.


Holme Moss

Located near Huddersfield and used in the 1920s.


Howcleugh

A 1/2 mile climb on the now disused Glasgow to Carlisle road used twice, in 1937 and 1938. The course crossed a bridge which was deemed unsafe for competition, causing the abandonment of the venue.


Irondown

An 800 yd hillclimb near Diddington, used in the 1920s.


Keckwick Hill

Used in the 1920s, located near Warrington.


Kidd's Hill

A mile course near Hartfield used in 1922.


Kingdown Hill

A 0.5 mile climb on the outskirts of Bath, used in the 1920s.


Kinkell Braes

A hillclimb based on the roads through a caravan park near St Andrews in Scotland. It was used in the late 1960s.


Knockagh

Located near Belfast, used in the 1950s.


Kop

Located in Essex, public road events were cancelled after an accident on this 902 yd hill in March 1925. A spectator was run over, and his leg broken - events on public roads were banned thereafter.


Leighton Hall

Based on the main road leading to Leighton Hall manor house. Last used in 1969 after local objections.


Lhergy Frissel

Used from 1994-1998, located on the Isle of Man.


Lisdoonvarna

Located in County Clare, Ireland. Was used in the 1950s.


Llinegar

Hillclimb near Mostyn, first used Easter Monday 1923, and last on the 21st April 1924. It was 1056 yards long.


Longleat


First used in the 1960s for national championship events, it was revived as a venue in 1991.


Loton Park


Loton Park a deer park owned by Sir Michael Leighton, located near the village of Alberbury, 8 miles west of Shrewsbury on the B4393 off the A458. The course is 1349m long with an average gradient of 1 in 25 (4%), the steepest being 1 in 7 (14%).


Lydstep

Welsh hillclimb used in the 1950s.


Naish Hill

The site of the first timed speed event by the RAC after World War II, Naish Hill was used on the 18th August 1945, and was 800 yards long. The road was loose surfaced, and was on the land of Naish House, to the south of Clapton in Gordano (west of Bristol and south of Portishead). The hairpins were later concreted. The M5 now truncates the course.


Newlands Corner

A 0.5 mile hillclimb in Surrey used in the 1920s.


Oddicombe


Oddicombe was first used in the early 1960s, when the 650yd course went from the beach alongside the cliff railway. The track is very narrow and bumpy, with racing cars over 1600cc not being allowed to run on the course. The modern course is 850yds long.


Pateley Bridge

A hillclimb used by the Junior Car Club on the 22nd July 1922.


Pebblecoombe Hill

Used by the Ealing & District Motor Club in the 1920s.


Penkridge Bank

Hillclimb used in the 1920s.


Penrice Castle

Located on the Gower peninsula in Wales, it was used in the early 1970s.


Pen-y-ball

Hillclimb near Holywell, used in the 1920s. It used a road which is now either side of the A55.


Pontypool Park

Used from 1972-1977.


Porlock

Uses the Porlock Toll Road in north Somerset.


Post Hill

Located near Farnley.


Prescott


Located near Cheltenham. Used continually since 1938, it opened as an 880 yard course with an added loop which took the course length to 1127 yards.


Redland Hill

Located near Dorking, it was used in the 1920s.


Rest and be Thankful


Originally 1 mile course, later reduced to 1475 yards. The hill starts in Glen Croe (Scotland) and goes up Ben Arthur. Used before World War II, it was later paved, and used until 1970.


Ringinglowe Road

A 0.5 mile hillclimb near Sheffield, used in 1922 and 1923.


Ringland Hill

Located near Norwich, this hillclimb was used in 1922 when it was won by the lady driver Maitland Keddie in an Alvis.


Rotherfield Park

Located near Alton in Hampshire, and used in the 1980s.


Rushup Edge

A 0.5 mile hillclimb located near Chapel-en-le-Frith, used in the 1920s.


Saltersford

A 1166 yard course near Bollington, used in 1922.


Scammonden Dam

A 550 yard course using the service road behind Scammonden Dam near Huddersfield. It has been in use since the 1970s.


Sharnden Hill

Located in Mayfield, Kent, it was used on the 18th August 1923.


South Harting

A 1 mile hill near Midhurst, used in the 1920s.


Shelsley Walsh



Spelga Pass

First used in 1962, located in Northern Ireland.


Spread Eagle

A 0.75 mile hillclimb near Shaftesbury, used in the 1920s.


Stainborough Lowe

A 1100 yd course, used on the 4th July 1907.


Stanmer Park

A 1200 yd course, used 1948.


Stapleford


The perimeter track of the Stapleford Tawney Aerodrome in Essex was used in the 1950s - it was 1320 yards long.


Staxton

Used in the 1920s, located near Scarborough. 0.75 miles long.


Stile Kop

Used in the 1920s.


Storeton

Used in the 1920s, located near Liverpool.


Stricker's Lane

Hillclimb in Garstang, near Blackpool, used in 1922.


Sun Rising Hill

Used in 1902, organised by the Midland Automobile Club.


Sutton Bank

Almost a mile in length, this hillclimb near York was used in the 1920s.


Tholt-y-Will

Used for the British Hillclimb Championship in 1968 and 1969.


Thundersley

Used in the 1920s and located on Church Hill, Thundersley, near Southend.


Tregrehan

A 600 yd course situated on the outskirts of St.Austell, Cornwall.


Trengwainton


Hillclimb in Cornwall used in the 1950s, circa 600m.


Two Church Hill

Located in Laindon, Essex, this 0.75 mile circuit was used in 1922.


Val des Terres

Hillclimb venue in Guernsey.


Werrington Park

A 1200 yd cours near Launceston.


Westbrook Hay


Ran by the Herts County Automobile & Aero Club in the 1950's and 1960's, it was 650 yards long.


Windmill Hill

Located near Brighton, it was used in the 1920s.


Wiscombe Park


Located near Honiton, Wiscombe Park is the front drive to the Chichester family home. It is 1000 yds long, with a yump half way along where faster cars become airborne. Used since the 1950s - it was a shorter length before 1961.


Woburn

Located on the driveways of Woburn House near Milton Keynes from 1968-1969.