Family and beginner cycle rides


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The Nidderdale Greenway

Visit Harrogate - The Nidderdale Greenway
Hedgehog Cycling - The Nidderdale Greenway

The Nidderdale Greenway connects North Harrogate with Ripley on a fantastic 4 mile converted railway line.

As well as providing a traffic-free path, this route crosses the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and provides safe crossings of the A61 near Ripley. The Greenway also links into the existing national cycle network which takes you to Knaresborough, Starbeck and Harrogate.

The route provides a wonderful gateway to various National Trust sites including Brimham Rocks, the spectacular Fountains Abbey and Studley Park which are all within a 15-mile cycle ride.

The Nidderdale Greenway offers level off-road cycling for all users in rural settings through to Ripley. This section of the route is 4 miles and is popular with local leisure cyclists and visitors.

Beryl Burton Cycleway

Visit Harrogate - Beryl Burton Cycleway
Hedgehog Cycling - Beryl Burton Cycleway

This cycleway goes from the side of the River Nidd in Knaresborough to Gardner's Arms in Bilton where it joins the Nidderdale Greenway and allows either a ride into Harrogate or further out to the village of Ripley and beyond.

The Jennyfield Loop

Hedgehog Cycling - The Jennyfield Loop

This route takes the northern part of Harrogate through the historic area of the Duchy Estate. The route uses off-road cycle routes past the Hydro Swimming Pool and then winds its way back into town through historic tree-lined avenues. Hilly but worth the effort.

Bilton/Starbeck Cycle Loop

Hedgehog Cycling - Bilton/Starbeck Cycle Loop

This circular route uses traffic-free cycle routes from Bilton down towards Harrogate town centre and then back up to Bilton from Starbeck. The route follows NCN route 67 as far as the Great Yorkshire Showground and then turns back north through Starbeck. The route crosses the Stray and includes attractive views of Crimple Valley.

Some care should be taken crossing Knaresborough Road in Starbeck and inexperienced cyclists may wish to dismount here and walk their bikes for a hundred yards or so until they reach First Avenue. This section of riding is relatively level and this route utilises as many off-road, quiet streets and cycle lanes as possible. In order to avoid the difficult climb at the Showground, it is recommended to undertake this route in an anticlockwise direction. Occasional sections of busy roads require care to be taken.

Harland Way and Wetherby Railway Paths

The Harland Way is a traffic-free cycle and footpath route between Spofforth and Wetherby. The surface for most of the way from Spofforth to Wetherby is compacted gravel and is not suitable for pure road bikes. Any bike with more robust tyres, including a hybrid, can be cycled along the Harland Way. Before Wetherby, the surface changes to tarmac. The Harland Way starts from East Park Road, just off Spofforth High Street.

Please visit the Hedgehog Cycling website for further information.