Fun in the Sun: Hanging Grimston and Other Hill Climbs
The 'brisk' group went off in three directions around Millington today after a stop at the World Peace Café: the need for distance, hills, and getting home in time for the missus. The main group went off to Kirkam, Doug through the Daltons, and I fancied having a go at Hanging Grimston for the first time.
I hadn't intended to go up Hanging Grimston on this informal ride. Jeffery had mentioned going to Bishop Wilton and I considered going up Worsendale, another climb I hadn't done, in search for more images to go with Roger's Hill Climbs on the Yorkshire Wolds post. That never happened, but I thought I could string together a loop (actually three – see Garmin activity below) to take in Hanging Grimston and three other climbs. That's the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds – there are so many options out there. I wanted to get some hills in with the Big G 2013 less than a fortnight away.
Sadly, all those options meant that I took the wrong turn north of Huggate, popped out on to the A166 too far to the East, and had an uncomfortable time on that busy road until the turn off opposite the cycle path.
I had to use the granny ring on Hanging Grimston, but kept off the largest sprockets. Honest. I can report that it is indeed a tough climb, and that eating strawberry cake with a white chocolate base is not the ideal preparation for the ascent.
Simon Warren includes Hanging Grimston in his Another 100 Best Climbs, gives it 4/10 and lists it as being in the East Riding. Sadly, this is not a climb we in East Yorkshire can hold claim to: a sign as you pass over Salamanca Beck makes it clear that the rider is entering North Yorkshire.
I could barely drag myself up Trundlegate later. I do not perform well in the heat. (Near Londesborough I paid £3! for bottled water and poured some of it in to my shoes :eek:)
Let's hope the weather isn't quite so 'good' for the Big G on Saturday 20th July.