Barbon Hillclimb

 Welcome to Barbon Hillclimb

Sadly due to MSUK and Government Covid-19 restrictions we were unable to admit spectators to the 2021 Barbon Hillclimbs. Let’s hope that things settle down and we will be able to welcome back our loyal spectators to our exciting events on the hill in 2022

Look out for information and photos from our events on our Barbon Hillclimb and  Friends of Barbon Hillclimb Facebook pages

 Andy Larton in his very quick Peugeot 106 in July 2016Andy Larton in his class winning Peugeot 106 in July 2016, photo courtesy of Mark Holmes Photography

Barbon Speed Hillclimb….  what is it?

Barbon Hillclimb is a relatively short but very quick speed hillclimb course just outside the village of Barbon, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria.

The new course record of 20.08 seconds set by Jos Goodyear in July 2015 makes Barbon the fastest Hillclimb course in the UK – Jos set an average speed from start to finish of 90.66mph. Opened in 1950 the spectacular venue with views out over the surrounding countryside may be home to the shortest hillclimb in the UK, but its 675m course is incredibly popular with drivers who enjoy the challenge and great atmosphere that the venue provides. It’s great for spectators too, the whole of the course is accessible for viewing and you also have full access to the paddock area where the cars (and drivers) “rest” between runs.

What’s it all about? It’s simply an opportunity for registered competitors to drive their car as quickly as possible up the winding parkland estate road of Barbon Manor, the aim quite simply being to get from the bottom to the top in the shortest possible time. See Russell Thorp’s excellent in-car video here.

Want to have a go? You’ll have to have a car, it could be an absolutely standard road car, and you’ll need to join a motor club. Have a look at our page about our Aintree Sprints where there’s lots more information. Sprints & Hillclimbs are very similar and many competitors use the same cars for both disciplines.

Jos Goodyear in his Track Record winning Raptor in July 2016, photo courtesy of Mark Holmes Photography


  If you were at one of our previous events on the hill and would like to talk about your visit, please add your comments to our Facebook page (via the link at the bottom of this page) or contact any of our volunteer officials HERE
Want to see more events like this? For details of the exciting Sprints & Track Days on the historic motor racing circuit at Aintree click HERE

There are two days of competition on the hill each year, both featuring cars that range from road-going family saloons to powerful single-seat racing cars.

Regional Multi-Championship meeting:

12th June 2021 – we run our Inter-Club meeting which is a qualifying round for several of the top Local & Regional Championships.
This extremely popular annual event is a qualifying round for several local & regional championships and attracts many “Club” competitors to this exciting venue. But don’t think that you’ll see less spectacular cars at this event. There’ll still be an excellent variety of cars including single-seat racing cars and some surprisingly powerful saloon and rally cars too. All this and a fascinating selection of historic cars as well.
As each year passes, we attract even more championships which results in  80 – 90 competitors to this meeting – see our Calendar page for more details.

British Hillclimb Championship meeting:

3rd July 2021 we host the British Hillclimb Championship supported by competitors from Local & Regional Championships too.
This event includes two rounds of the exciting British Hillclimb Championship and features most of the top drivers in the British Championship as they make their annual visit to Barbon. It was a great event at Barbon in July last year.  Though some competitors were getting fairly close, Jos Goodyear’s phenomenal record set in 2015 is still intact, so what’s the chance of the record being beaten this year? Be there to find out!
The event is also a qualifying round of several regional championships too, so you can be sure to see many cars & drivers competing for position in their own championships.
Why not make a weekend of it in July? Visit Barbon on Saturday, and the next round of the British Championship at Harewood on Sunday!

There are lots more photos of the Barbon Hillclimbs over the years on our Facebook page, and you can join in and post your own photos on our Friends of Barbon Hillclimb page too.

(above) Mark Purdiham, June 2015, photo courtesy of
(above) Colin Satchell, Peugeot 205, July 9, 2015, takes Lafone Hairpin, photo courtesy of Mark Holmes Photography

Click here for a taste of Barbon action on YouTube (but don’t forget to come back to our site from these links!)
Or click here for a great slideshow of Barbon Hillclimb scenes by Graham Edwards.
And click here for yet more great photos of the action at Barbon, this time by Steve Miller of Ulverston
Russell Thorp’s video captures the atmosphere of our June 2018 event with in-car video in his Renault 5GT Turbo.

The Barbon Hillclimb course is situated in the parkland grounds of Barbon Manor, with spectacular views out over the surrounding countryside. The spectator gates open at 8 am, and the first practice is due to start at around 9.15 am. You’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between practice and the competition runs – they’re just as exciting and only a stopwatch will show the difference in times! Apart from a break for lunch, the action should continue right through until late afternoon, generally finishing between 4.30 & 5 pm. Hot & cold refreshments are available on-site throughout the day for competitors and spectators.

From the M6, take the A65 East to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn left onto the A683 for exactly 3 miles, then right to Barbon Village. Then follow the local signs to the venue.
From South Yorkshire, take the A65 past Settle to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn right onto the A683 for 3 miles & then turn right again to Barbon village and follow the signs to the venue.

Using a sat nav? The nearest postcode is LA6 2LJ which will bring you right into the heart of Barbon Village.
For a Google map of the area, Click here

Please be aware that Competitors and Spectators use different entrances to the venue, so please follow the appropriate direction signs!
In common with all UK motorsports events, Dogs are not allowed, even the best-behaved ones on the strongest of leads.


(above) Spectacular Barbon, Photo by Bill Gray


Competitors – How to enter:

Click HERE to go to the How To Enter page.

Camping is available on-site from 5 pm on Friday evening only. The farmer normally makes a charge of around £10. There are no hook-up or mains water facilities on-site for campers but portable toilets will be available. Nearby is the Barbon Inn serving excellent food and drink, and also within the village is the wonderful Churchmouse at Barbon, a village store, cafe and delicatessen all rolled into one.

Entries normally close 10 days prior to the event.

Barbon Paddock

The competitors’ paddock at Barbon is exactly that, a grass paddock which isn’t ideal when we are faced with heavy rain. In 2018 we made several improvements to the paddock by constructing a new roadway at the bottom of the paddock, a short return roadway at the top, and installed additional land drains too. Though the new roadways are not surfaced (for the rest of the year the venue has to remain a working hill farm) but we are sure visitors will appreciate the changes we have made.


Above – Barbon paddock (Photo Brian Taylor)

Above, Barbon Paddock (photo Ric O’Reilly)



Event Reports & Results for Barbon events can be viewed or downloaded by selecting the appropriate link:

3rd July 2021 Results
12th June 2021 Results   –   Entry list
2020 – events cancelled due to Covid-19
6th July 2019 Report & Results
8th June 2019 Results
7th July 2018 Report & Results
9th June 2018 Report & Results
10th June 2017 Results
2nd  July 2016 Report & Results
11th June 2016 Report & Results
4th   July 2015 Report & Results
13th June 2015 Report & Results
14th June 2014 Report & Results
10th May 2014 Report & Results

How it all started at Barbon in 1950 – Timekeeping Memories from the late W Alan Smith.

Motor Club Displays:

Is your motor club interested in putting on a static display of members’ cars at our events? 
If your club would be interested in bringing along a selection of vehicles (and qualify for a discount on admission), please contact us here.

Each year various motor clubs join us at our events, attracting a great deal of interest from our spectators as they view their displays of members’ cars, and it’s great free publicity for your motor club too. Classics cars, competition cars, performance cars – tell us what your club members would like to bring and let’s see if we can find a display area for you.
If you pre-book a minimum of 5 cars for a display from your club, we will charge your members just £5 per car for admission regardless of the number of passengers, so why not get in touch today?

Trevor Willis powers up the hill in his OMS, July 2016, photo courtesy of



Spectators are normally most welcome at each of our Barbon events – in fact, you are vital to the future success of the venue. Sadly, the 2021 events will not be open to spectators due to current Government restrictions.

Admission is just £5 per adult at the June event and only £8  at the July event. Accompanied children under 14 are entitled to free admission.
In common with all UK motorsport events, Dogs are not allowed in the spectator areas, not even well-behaved ones on the strongest of leads. Sorry!

Car parking is free and you can wander around the paddock area to see the cars close-up and talk to the drivers too. The whole of the course is accessible to spectators, from the start-line right through the flying finish at the top. We recommend you wear stout footwear as, apart from the course itself, there are no surfaced areas and, being on the side of a hill (it wouldn’t be a hillclimb if it wasn’t!), the walk right to the top can be challenging for some. The views from the top are well worth the effort though.

Whilst disabled visitors are welcome, the terrain is not particularly suitable for those with limited mobility or in wheelchairs as, for 363 days a year, it is merely farmland that forms part of the Barbon Manor Estate. We can usually arrange special access for disabled visitors, dependent on their time of arrival – please contact us in advance for details.

We have a mobile catering unit in the lower paddock all day serving both hot and cold food & drinks, and event toilets are situated in the lower paddock as well as strategically on the hill.

We provide digital displays at both start and finish that show the time taken by cars as they complete the course, and (subject to Covid restrictions) a list of all the cars’ times is displayed at the Secretary of the Meeting’s caravan in the lower paddock. There is a PA system covering the whole course and there will be a running commentary from the completion of practice throughout the competitive runs.

Timetable: All times are approximate and depend on weather conditions, the number of competitors, and the need to recover any cars that don’t make it to the top!

Spectator gates open at 8 am
First practice starts at approx 9.15 am, followed immediately by the second practice.
We may get the first competitive run in before lunch; (lunch break is normally 45mins – 1 hour)
Competitive runs continue throughout the afternoon.
We aim to finish by 5 pm, with awards presented immediately afterward.

We send the cars up the hill at roughly 30-second intervals, in batches of around 20 – 25 cars. Because of the limited size of the holding area at the top of the hill, we then have to bring each batch of cars back down the course before we let the next batch have a go. So there will be breaks in the competitive runs which also enable us to briefly open the spectator crossing points halfway up the hill to allow people to cross. You must only cross the course at the designated crossing points, and only when allowed to do so by the marshals. Please be patient if there’s a break and you are still having to wait. There will be a good reason for the delay that the marshals know about and they will let you cross as soon as it’s safe.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Barbon. If you have any questions about the day’s events, do please ask.

(Barbon Park is an active hill farm for the rest of the year and home to sheep and cattle, so be aware that ground conditions are variable and may not suit everyone, particularly those with mobility issues. The times quoted are approximate and could be subject to weather and safety considerations.)

Spectacular Barbon – The view from the top. Photo Courtesy of Tim Blacker


Can you help us?

Motorsport won’t happen without our dedicated band of volunteer marshals. But we always want more!
Would you be interested in helping us run the events?
We are always in need of more marshals and we are particularly keen to welcome new or experienced marshals to Barbon. So if you’d like to help marshal the course, help at the startline or maybe in the paddock area, we’d be very happy to hear from you. You don’t have to be a member of a motor club, nor do you need a set of those fetching orange fire-resistant overalls (though it’s a good idea!) and if you are inexperienced, we will always place you with our regular marshals to learn the ropes.

For more information about helping, without obligation, please contact our chief marshal Paul H Smith by copying his email address into your mail service, just replace <at> with @ before sending. Chief Marshal: gphsmith<at>

Useful Links:-

Click below to visit our Barbon Hillclimb Facebook Pages with a fantastic selection of Barbon photos, old & new:-
The Official Barbon Hillclimb Facebook Page
Friends of Barbon Hillclimb Facebook Page
Kirkby Lonsdale Motor Club
Liverpool Motor Club
Association of North Western Car Clubs
Association of Northern Car Clubs
Motorsport UK – (previously The Motor Sports Association)
British Hillclimb Championship
Hillclimb Records at
Volunteers in Motorsport
Go Motorsport


Local Information:-
The Barbon Inn – great food and accommodation
The Churchmouse at Barbonvillage store, cafe and delicatessen all rolled into one!
Visit Barbondale
Cumbria Life Magazine
Lancashire Local Business Directory

The Pheasant Inn, Casterton 6 mins from Barbon
Crooklands Hotel, just off the M6 – J36 Kendal
(Please mention Barbon Hillclimb when contacting local hotels)

The car events at Barbon are promoted by Barbon Hillclimb Ltd, a joint venture between Kirkby Lonsdale Motor Club & Liverpool Motor Club. Any surplus from the events is used to maintain the venue for the future.

 We are supporting North West Blood Bikes (Lancashire & Lakes)

“A voluntary organisation that provides urgent support to the NHS in our region”

…….. Our Next Ride May Save a Life …….

NW Blood Bikes provide a Free, but professional voluntary out of hours transport service to our local NHS hospitals by carrying urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, theatre equipment, in fact anything that is urgently required that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals.
They provide this service through the night, at weekends and on Bank Holidays enabling hospital funding to be better spent on patient care.  You can help their volunteers by making a donation today.

To make a donation, or for more information,  just click on their logo below.

North West Blood Bikes, Lancashire & Lakes, would like to thank everyone who made a donation to the charity again last year, particularly those competitors who added £1 or more to their entry fee as a donation to the fund, and also everyone who donated at the two Barbon events. Thanks to your generosity, NWBB has now received over £1100 from Barbon competitors, marshals and spectators which will help keep the Blood Bikes on the road to serve the emergency needs of people in the North West.

Last updated 4/7/2021