Vale Street

Vale Street, one of the steepest roads in England

Vale Street is said to be the steepest residential road in England. The road ramps up so sharply at the bottom it is almost vertical, with a roughly 22-degree gradient incline.

Where is the steepest street in England?

Located in the aptly named Bristolian suburb of Totterdown, the surface of the road is paved. It’s one of the steepest, toughest and most spectacular climbs in the country. The climb is 0.2km long with an elevation gain of 17m. The average gradient is 25 per cent but the maximum gradient is 33 per cent. The street has such a drastic incline that cars park horizontally across the road to ensure the vehicles don't roll. When it gets icy, locals tie their parked cars to lampposts.

The street is well-known for its lung-bursting incline and it’s a favourite spot for cyclists. The street is flanked by terraced houses with steps provided for pedestrians. With its degree slope the residential road is at the same angle as the average advanced intermediate ski run.

 

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