My road cyclists guide to cycling climbs in The New Forest, Hampshire.

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Blissford Hill

(1) Blissford Hill

Short but steep wall of a climb SE of Fordingbridge that some hate and some love.

16% gradient
79ft altitude gain
0.1mi climb length
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Pipers Wait

(2) Pipers Wait

With sections in excess of 10%, this climb is both long enough and steep enough to become a challenge and split many groups. When ridden from the B3079 to Pipers Wait, its taken up another notch.

4% gradient
229ft altitude gain
1mi climb length
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Hungerford Hill

(3) Hungerford Hill

Short wooded incline, initially gradual but with a kick after the right turn half way up. You can go for this but with a max gradient of 15% near the top, its going to hurt if you do.

7.1% gradient
127ft altitude gain
0.3mi climb length
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Stuckton Hill

(4) Stuckton Hill

This climb is tempered by the fact that the road is winding and you can't see all the way up it. Never the less, its gradient and length rank it as one of the hardest in the New Forest.

6.2% gradient
132ft altitude gain
0.4mi climb length
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Buddle Hill

(5) Buddle Hill

Long enough and steep enough to test, Buddle Hill is perhaps slightly forgiving in that is narrow and rural which at least makes it look like you are progressing.

6.1% gradient
140ft altitude gain
0.4mi climb length
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Woodgreen

(6) Woodgreen

Longish semi rural, semi wooded climb from Woodgreen up past the cricket pitch towards Hale.

4% gradient
215ft altitude gain
0.9mi climb length
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Whiteshoot Hill

(7) Whiteshoot Hill

A gentle 4% slope with a nasty but short 10% kick at the end.

4.8% gradient
177ft altitude gain
0.6mi climb length
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Bolderwood (West)

(8) Bolderwood (West)

Beautiful wooded climb near Lyndhurst. Fairly long but gradual climb with a steep section in the middle.

3% gradient
226ft altitude gain
1.5mi climb length
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Bolderwood (East)

(9) Bolderwood (East)

The other Bolderwood climb starting from Emery Down also has a kick but this time its a little further along.

3% gradient
223ft altitude gain
1.5mi climb length
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Braggers

(10) Braggers

Popular and reasonably easy wooded climb North of Bransgore.

4% gradient
160ft altitude gain
0.8mi climb length
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Abbotswell Hill

(11) Abbotswell Hill

This alternative to Blissford Hill isnt exactly easy but it doesn't have the intensity of Blissford.

6% gradient
88ft altitude gain
0.3mi climb length
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Red Shoot Hill

(12) Red Shoot Hill

A long gradual slope with some short decsents and some steeper ramps. Starts in the valley by Moyles Court School and goes past the Red Shoot Pub to the old airfield at Fritham.

2% gradient
210ft altitude gain
2.6mi climb length
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Hale Lane

(13) Hale Lane

Narrow, winding and lumpy, Hale Lane is probably more of a challenge than its rating indicates although there are areas of respite.

2.7% gradient
219ft altitude gain
1.4mi climb length
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Brook Hill

(14) Brook Hill

Short but reasonably steep climb up to the Roger Penny Way from Brook. Can feel hard when you have a long ride into a westerly wind at the top.

5% gradient
103ft altitude gain
0.4mi climb length
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Hightown Hill

(15) Hightown Hill

A longish steady climb up to the A31 at Ringwood. There are some steeper sections at the bottom but because its a road to nowhere for cyclists, its rarely ridden.

3% gradient
205ft altitude gain
1.1mi climb length
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Charles Lane

(16) Charles Lane

A little used road which can tend to be gritty and leafy on the outskirts of Ringwood. With sections around 5% its worthy of being called a hill but unlikely to test most riders.

3.3% gradient
156ft altitude gain
0.9mi climb length
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Forest Corner

(17) Forest Corner

Flattish to start and finish but then averaging out at 5% for 1/2 a mile with a steeper section in the middle make this a mid range New Forest climb.

3.4% gradient
129ft altitude gain
0.7mi climb length
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Bramble Hill

(18) Bramble Hill

Fairly consistent wooded climb up to the Roger Penny Way from Bramshaw.

5% gradient
103ft altitude gain
0.3mi climb length
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Barrack Lane

(19) Barrack Lane

Short, sharp and relatively little used. Barrack Lane is short enough to be sprinted up but with sections approaching 10%, its going to hurt if you do.

5% gradient
92ft altitude gain
0.3mi climb length
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Pentons Hill

(20) Pentons Hill

Added by Graham Lenton, Pentons Hill is a narrow lane that rises through a hamlet to Hyde C of E School. Interesting and attractive rather than challenging.

5% gradient
85ft altitude gain
0.3mi climb length
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Crow Hill

(21) Crow Hill

With 7% ramps at the start and finish, Crow Hill can test your lactic threshold if you go all in, but the gradual slope in the middle makes it easy to roll up and a fast climb overall. Situated East of Ringwood.

3% gradient
156ft altitude gain
0.8mi climb length
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Sandy Down

(22) Sandy Down

A wooded lane up from the Lymington River north of Boldre.

3.8% gradient
120ft altitude gain
0.5mi climb length
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Slufters

(23) Slufters

This climb is on a straight, wide road which makes it feel harder than the ratings suggest. Located near Fritham its often into a headwind too.

4% gradient
100ft altitude gain
0.4mi climb length
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Hatchet Lane

(24) Hatchet Lane

Easy climb out of beautiful Beaulieu towards Hatchet Pond. The hardest thing is possibily its straight after the Beaulieu coffee stop, and spelling Beaulieu!

3% gradient
106ft altitude gain
0.7mi climb length
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Godshill

(25) Godshill

A long climb with a short steep section past Sandy Balls and a longer climb which extends along the Roger Penny Way.

1% gradient
407ft altitude gain
5.4mi climb length
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Thorney Hill

(26) Thorney Hill

Semi Urban climb heading out of Bransgore towards Burley. A good percentage of the early climb is over 4%.

2% gradient
160ft altitude gain
1.4mi climb length
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Burnt House Lane

(27) Burnt House Lane

Semi urban climb on the edge of Bransgore.

3% gradient
1ft altitude gain
0.6mi climb length
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Hincheslea Hill

(28) Hincheslea Hill

Gradual slope between Brockenhurst and Burley with a sharp 8% central section. Can be difficult when the west wind blows.

2% gradient
103ft altitude gain
1mi climb length
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Beaulieu Hill

(29) Beaulieu Hill

Gradual climb on a wide fast road NE of Beaulieu. Included to keep Phil happy.

2.7% gradient
81ft altitude gain
0.5mi climb length
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Mogshade Hill

(30) Mogshade Hill

Shortish climb up to the Canadian War Memorial which feels a lot steeper than it is as your speed plummets from a fast decsent.

2.7% gradient
69ft altitude gain
0.4mi climb length
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Once a royal hunting preserve and now a tourist destination, geographically the New Forest is slightly raised area of poor land between Southampton and Bournemouth. This includes areas of scrub, dry heath, mixed woodland and conifer plantations. Its not a hilly area but its good cycling country and there are a few steepish climbs mainly in the North and around the edges of the domes. Ive listed a few of the longer and steeper ones aboves.