Gurston Down, Wiltshire

First class hillclimb facility set on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

Gurston Down is very high-speed course based on a working farm in the Wiltshire countryside. The course features a very high speed start and finish with a technical complex of corners in the middle. This hill is also unique in that the straight off of the startline plunges downhill.

BARC (SW) run an event a month between April and September each year, including 2 rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship, at this well developed venue.

Gurston Down Hill Climb, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The unique downhill start of Gurston Down Hill Climb

How to get to Gurston Down

Gurston Farm, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP5 5HR

Not far outside Salisbury you’ll find Gurston well signposted on event weekends – just watch out for the many cyclists who are often competing on the neighbouring roads on the same weekends.

Facilities at Gurston Down

Definately one of the better hills for facilities, Gurston boasts:

  • A purpose built cafe serving great food ALL day long – both hot and cold options
  • The cafe also has a bar – worth lurking around here at the end of the day to meet some of the drivers!
  • There are toilet facilities in both the cafe and the paddock areas (including showers)
  • HUGE amounts of car parking – all of which is free, easily accessible and VERY close to the action
  • There’s also usually an ice cream van, which spends the morning and late afternoon in the paddock, and the rest of the day up the hill with the spectators
  • Great viewing areas – you can get really close the action, and from most places you can see a lot of the hill
  • Very open paddock area – so it’s really easy to get in and have a look at the cars and chat to the drivers (they’re a broadly friendly bunch!)

The Hill at Gurston Down

Unusually for a hillclimb Gurston’s start slopes downhill (very downhill) making a tricky one for drivers as you have to keep a foot on the brake until the last second. But at least that makes it hard to stall.

After the downhill Park Straight it’s into the left hand Hollow, then the uphill section starts. Round the very tight and steep right hand hairpin of Karousel, over the bump (Deer’s Leep) and then left round Ashes before the long straight (Burke’s Rise) to the finish.

0.6 miles (1 km)

Hill record: 25.42, Martin Groves 2007

Other Key Information

Gurston Down is run by BARC (SW)

They’ve been running events at Gurston since 1966. And they run a Hillclimb School too – so if you fancy a go…

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