The National Hill Climb at Bouley Bay

With the coast of France on the horizon, and the sea lapping at the bottom of the hill, Bouley Bay has to be one of the most scenic hill climb courses in the British Isles. The hill has been used as a motorsport venue since the 1920s, and a run up this smoothly surfaced and carefully cambered road will put you in the wheel tracks of Sir Stirling Moss and ex-Formula One driver, and local resident, Derek Warwick.

The road that runs up from the harbour has provided the location for a number of annual events, including motorsport, cycle and running races. The best-known of these events is the British Hill Climb Championship, a round of which is held here in July. In fact, Bouley Bay was one of the five original venues chosen for this national championship when it started in 1947.

After remaining unchallenged for some time, the outright record was broken by Guernseyman Andy Priaulx in 1995. Andy Priaulx went on to become the FIA World Touring Car Champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Today, the current outright record stands at a remarkable 36.48 seconds for the 1011 yard hill climb, set by Trevor Willis in 2016.

© Arthur Lamy

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