Sir Chris Hoy launched a nationwide poll in May to find the UK’s best descent – and now the ten-strong shortlist has been drawn up.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Hoy sat on a panel with Sky Ride ambassador Lorraine Kelly and Etain O’Carroll, the editor of Lonely Planet’s cycling guides, with each descent judged against pre-set criteria including location, view, individuality/heritage and the personal memories evoked by the hill for the entrant.
The shortlist includes two descents in Scotland – Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and Rest and Be Thankful in the Highlands – and two – Blackstone Edge and Holme Moss – in Yorkshire.
The remaining six fall in southern England, with Newlands Corner (Surrey), Silver Street (Lyme Regis), Cheddar Gorge (Somerset), Old Winchester Hill (Hampshire), Ham Common (Richmond) and Ralph Allen Drive (Bath) all included.
Take a closer look below…
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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Rest and Be Thankful, Highlands
Blackstone Edge, West Yorkshire
Holme Moss, Yorkshire
Newlands Corner, Surrey
Silver Street, Lyme Regis
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire
Ham Common, Richmond
Ralph Allen Drive, Bath