Although not a true hill climb because of a couple of down hill sections, I love this ride. It’s a relatively short from Leek via Macclesfield taking just over 2 hours. The gradient is relatively steady, the views beautiful, and if you are really lucky, you may have a few Lapwings and Curlews to keep you company.
Route: Leek to Macclesfield on the A523. In Macclesfield turn right onto the A537 up past the Cat and Fiddle Pub. Turn right onto a 30m road onto the A54, turn left and then immediately right.
Enjoy a small road cutting over Axe Edge onto the A53. Turn right on to the main road back to Leek.