1 Berry Bush
Never too steep, the gradient is a maximum of six per cent, but at two and a half miles it drags on and on. Luckily the desolate beauty is enough to distract you.
2 Witchy Knowe/ Swire
Heat trapped in a bowl created by the hill combines to make this 3km climb a real challenge. Ramping up as you approach the top, the gradient exceeds 12 per cent in places.
3 Paddy Slacks
The three-kilometre Paddy Slacks is the final climb of the Tour o’ the Borders. However, it only exceeds five per cent in the opening metres, and its shallow gradient makes it the easiest of the day’s climbs, so go for it.
4 Wall of Talla
Approaching along the shores of the Megget reservoir in the heart of the Ettrick Forest, you’ll see the road snaking steeply up the side of the hill and a sign warning of 20 per cent gradients confirms the climb’s difficulty. It’s just over a mile in length with an average gradient of eight per cent. The first half of the climb is the steepest section and lives up to its name as ‘the Wall of Talla’. As you cross the bridge over Talla Water, the road levels before pointing skyward once more but thankfully the gradient is a more respectable seven per cent. Pace yourself as you’re barely halfway around the course.