Berry Hill, Taplow

Granted there are many more tougher climbs in the area but if you are looking for a warm up or a TT style climb, Berry Hill will accommodate you.

Found off the Bath Road which is the main artery linking industrial Slough to the less industrial Maidenhead, the hill itself would suit a TT specialist as the burst on past the 'summit' and you will find yourself on a back road behind one of the woodlands which accompanies it. 

An average gradient of 4% for the first third is the only section in the climb which may get you out of the saddle for a moment or two. The only technical part to this climb is the slight 'S' bend where the gradient nudges slightly but not enough to upset any rhythm. 

Once over the crest, the climb levels out, get yourself into an aero tuck to really push the quads and the hammies! Depending on the time of day, traffic can be relatively quiet but do watch out for any circling kites.

Road surface is decent throughout but if you're looking for something tougher, loop back into Cookham then find one of many ways up Hedsor where the gradient enters the double figures for much longer!

Berry Hill, Taplow, SL6


Length: 4.4km


Average Gradient: 1.5%


Max. Gradient: 11%


KOM: 6.53


QOM: 8.11


NITP PB: 9.43


NITP Torture Score: 5/10


NITP Pedal Point: The only real difficult section comes right at the start when the gradient pushes into double figures for the only time hitting 11%. The 'S' bend gives the climb some character but this is a climb where you can test out how much wattage you're laying down on a gentle climb over a longer period. Smash it!