Flattest cities in the North of UK?

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Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby shankly » Tue May 16, 2017 22:05 pm

Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows how flat these cities are: Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester? Or other places? I'm mainly interested in the city centres and about 2-3 miles radius outside it, i.e. the closest suburbs and student areas outside the centre. I currently live in Sheffield and it's very, very hilly.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Sniper68 » Tue May 16, 2017 22:23 pm

Chester is flat and the outskirts are relatively flat.
Leeds is hilly but not as hilly as Sheffield.I wouldn't class Manchester as particularly hilly.
Glasgow is relatively flat in the centre but quite lumpy to the North.
I live in Sheffield and it's the hills and surrounding area that' make it what it is!

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby TheFD » Wed May 17, 2017 06:25 am

My recollection from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was that the men's road race had a fair amount of hills to tackle in the road race...
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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby WhiteSocks90 » Wed May 17, 2017 06:49 am

York and its outskirts are pancake flat, have to head in to the Wolds and further north for it to get hilly.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby First Aspect » Wed May 17, 2017 06:54 am

Glasgow isn't flat, even slightly. Also its a dreadful place to ride a bike.

Absolutely the flattest city and surrounds I've found in the UK is York.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Tangled Metal » Wed May 17, 2017 07:19 am

York definitely nice and flat, vale of York is the surrounding area. Last time I visited there was a lot of cyclists. Some good bike shops and IIRC even one that sells recumbent bikes and trikes for those with alternative cycling tastes. If you want to live in a northern city then you could do a lot worse than York.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Webboo » Wed May 17, 2017 07:59 am

If you want flat then it's Hull aka Gotham City. Cycling wise the only hills in the city tend to be bridges, to the north and west you have the wolds which is generally rolling hills with some steeper ones if you search them out. To the east flat towards the coast. Across the river in to Lincolnshire rolling and flat.
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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Fenix » Wed May 17, 2017 08:49 am

Manchester is flat in the city centre at least.
Leeds is hillier.
Glasgow has very steep hills.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Fenix » Wed May 17, 2017 08:50 am


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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby shankly » Wed May 17, 2017 09:03 am

Cheers for the replies - Manchester it is then.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Fenix » Wed May 17, 2017 09:04 am

Why do you want to know ? Are you set on moving to the flattest place ? Flat isn't the be all and end all.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed May 17, 2017 09:05 am

Manchester is the place then

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby bobmcstuff » Wed May 17, 2017 09:40 am

Manchester's flat in the centre which makes getting around on a singlespeed easy but also has easy access to the Peaks. Not a bad combo.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby ben@31 » Wed May 17, 2017 11:46 am

The city centre of Leeds is sat in the bottom of the Aire Valley. The city centre is on a slight gradient, with the north part of the city centre where the hospital and university are, higher up than the south part of the city centre.
To get out the city centre involves cycling up some long hills. Armley Rd, Kirkstall Rd, Otley Rd, Scott Hall Rd.
To cycle anyehere north of Leeds, towards Otley or Harrogate, there's a huge ridgeline you need to cycle over that runs east to west.
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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Tangled Metal » Wed May 17, 2017 11:49 am

It's a slog up from Otley right enough.

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Andcp » Wed May 17, 2017 11:58 am

Webboo wrote:..still a shithole though :lol:

I had a friend who theorised that due to its location, Hull was similar to the Galapagos Islands - evolved on it's own, separate from the rest of the world....

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Mad_Malx » Wed May 17, 2017 11:59 am

Admissions Tutor: Why do you want to study basketweaving at Manchester University?
Shanky: Some random people on bikeradar say the city is really flat

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Tangled Metal » Wed May 17, 2017 12:45 pm

Andcp wrote:
Webboo wrote:..still a shithole though :lol:

I had a friend who theorised that due to its location, Hull was similar to the Galapagos Islands - evolved on it's own, separate from the rest of the world....

Sounds like Barrow in west Cumbria. They're still waiting for global warming to happen so their webbed feet will make sense!

There was talk of building a causeway from Barrow to Heysham area with a tidal generator too. It got nowhere in the planning stage because why would you want to make it easier for Barrovians to get out?!!! Seriously you don't want that!

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby LakesLuddite » Wed May 17, 2017 13:26 pm

Tangled Metal wrote:
Andcp wrote:
Webboo wrote:..still a shithole though :lol:

I had a friend who theorised that due to its location, Hull was similar to the Galapagos Islands - evolved on it's own, separate from the rest of the world....

Sounds like Barrow in west Cumbria. They're still waiting for global warming to happen so their webbed feet will make sense!

There was talk of building a causeway from Barrow to Heysham area with a tidal generator too. It got nowhere in the planning stage because why would you want to make it easier for Barrovians to get out?!!! Seriously you don't want that!


Hey, don't say that - I'm moving to Ulverston soon!

But you're right though :(

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Re: Flattest cities in the North of UK?

Postby Webboo » Wed May 17, 2017 15:19 pm

Andcp wrote:
Webboo wrote:..still a shithole though :lol:

I had a friend who theorised that due to its location, Hull was similar to the Galapagos Islands - evolved on it's own, separate from the rest of the world....

Until the recent crisis in the Middle East and the influx of Eastern Europeans, the largest ethnic group other than white British in Hull was Chinese. The people who ran the takeaways.
So you can imagine how culturally diverse it is, more people have been to Spain than Sheffield.
It is flatter than Manchester though by a long stretch.


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