North Hill is very well known to cyclists in the area. But, to be honest, it is one that I hadn’t climbed before today and has always planned routes going down it! I also fancied a long ride out, so I reversed a route I have done several times before. There is also another good climb on the ride, the Main Road climb.
I decided on an early start as I planned to get in 70 miles. A coffee and food stop was scheduled for Paper Mill Lock. First, however, I needed to make sure that I didn’t overdo it as the café is at the start of the North Hill climb!