IT’S best known for its views and for the TV mast.
But now Holme Moss has another claim to fame – as one of the UK’s top cycling venues.
Olympic cycle champion Sir Chris Hoy has led a quest to find the king of Britain’s hills.
Sir Chris and his team scoured the country over the summer to locate the best slopes to bike down.
They have now drawn up a shortlist of the top 10 inclines, including Holme Moss.
The list also includes Blackstone Edge, the Pennine hill straddling the West Yorkshire/Lancashire border.
Judges selected the pick of the peaks after considering a string of factors including the route itself, the views offered and the mount’s historical significance.
Sir Chris said: “It’s a great feeling when you reach the top of a hill and get to ride down the other side of it,” Sir Chris said.
“By finding the UK’s top 10 hills to cycle down, I hope the British public will get back on their bikes and re-live that feeling.”
He arrived at his top 10 after considering hundreds of contenders submitted from all over the UK as part of Sky Ride 2011 – a campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013.
Sir Chris was assisted in his search by Etain O’Carroll, editor of the Lonely Planet Cycling Guide and Sky Ride ambassador Lorraine Kelly. The judging panel included cycling experts from Sky Ride and British Cycling.
Judges were unable to rank the hills because the top 10 were so different, a spokesman said.
Here are the pick of the peaks:
Holme Moss: The undulating landscape draws local cycling enthusiasts who often come to tackle one of the UK’s most well-known hill climbs.
Newlands Corner, Surrey: Surrounded by rolling hills and woodland, the gentle descents are popular among families.
Silver Street, Lyme Regis: Set in the heart of the seaside town, the snaking descent is lined with cottages, shops and wild flowers.
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh: Formed from an extinct volcano, the challenging ascent rises above the city.
Blackstone Edge, West Yorkshire: Hailed as one of the most remote cycling hills in the country, it boasts the longest unbroken slope in England.
Rest and Be Thankful, Scotland: Named after an inscription which is believed to have been carved on to a rock by the Romans, it has breath-taking views across the Scottish Highlands.
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset: One of the most elite cycling descents, those who tackle the gorge are faced with an 11km ride to reach its peak before an exhilarating ride down.
Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire: An Iron Age fort nestles at the summit which gives views across to the Isle of Wight.
Ham Common, Richmond: The gentle decline leads into Richmond Park.
Ralph Allen, Bath: Leads right into the historic city with panoramic views.