For the first time, I rode up Beacon Hill in the Charnwood Forest of North Leicestershire this weekend. This is Leicestershires second highest point behind Bardon Hill, which makes it one of the longest climbs in the area and a very popular place for local cyclists.
Starting in the village of Quorn and heading up to the B5330 road, it is approximately 5.8km long and an average overall gradient of 3.5% with many places at 9%. The top of the climb is at the entrance to the Upper Beacon Hill Park.
The park is also a great place to visit with some amazing views of Belvoir Castle, Lincoln Cathedral Tower, and the hills of the Peak District in Derbyshire.