Sheffield Full Monty street named third steepest in Britain – PICTURES

A Sheffield street which featured in smash hit movie The Full Monty has been named the third steepest in Britain.

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 13:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th April 2019, 13:44 pm

Blake Street in Upperthorpe has a whopping 16.6 gradient – putting it behind just two other roads in the UK in the nationwide Ordnance Survey study.

The road found global fame when it featured in the 1997 film about a group of former steelworkers who turn to stripping to make a living.

Blake Street as seen in the Full Monty.

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Actors Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy were filmed walking up Blake Street and chatting outside The Blake pub in the movie, which used a number of Sheffield filming locations.

The road is the steepest in Sheffield – although many think that accolade belongs to Jenkin Road, in Wincobank.

Blake Street is the third steepest in Britain

That street, which featured in the 2014 Tour de France route - has a gradient of  just 11.02° – far gentler than Blake Street.

But it still falls behind the likes of Old Wyche Road, in the Malvern Hills of Worcestershire, which has a 17.54º slope and Vale Street, in Bristol, which has a near 22º gradient.

Blake Street is regularly used by cyclists wanting to test themselves and has also been the venue for a number of races.

Blake Street as it looked in 1961.

Here’s the top five list:

Vale Street, Bristol – 21.81º

Old Wyche Road, Worcestshire – 17.54º

Blake Street, Sheffield – 16.6º

Cyclists struggle their way up Blake Street.

Steep Hill, Lincoln – 16.12º

Gold Hill, Dorset – 16.09º