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'Best cyclist safety initiative ever' by West Midlands Police

A West Midlands Police initiative to educate and, if necessary, prosecute drivers for close passes has been described as the best cyclist road safety initiative ever, by Cycling UK. Read more about 'best cyclist safety intiative ever' by West Midlands Police.

Station Parade taxi rank has worst air quality in Harrogate district

15th September 2016

Taxi rank, Station Parade, Harrogate

Harrogate's air quality deteriorated in 2015, according to the Borough Council's report, and the worst single location to breathe in is the taxi rank on Station Parade. Concentrations of NO2 have increased across the district at the majority of locations where monitoring takes place. Read about Station Parade taxi rank has worst air quality in Harrogate district.

Harrogate, Beckwithshaw, Bland Hill, Swinsty reservoir, Penny Pot Lane road cycling route

Swinsty reservoir

This is a 17-mile route into the countryside west of Harrogate, going via Little Alms Cliff to Swinsty reservoir, and back to Harrogate on Penny Pot Lane. There's just enough gradient to make it interesting, and the prevailing west wind should be on your back on the way home. The new Hedgehog guide has photos bathed in summer 2016 sunshine. Read about the Harrogate, Beckwithshaw, Bland Hill, Swinsty reservoir, Penny Pot Lane road cycling route.

Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track

Trailways bike shop, Hawkser

A new Hedgehog Guide to the Cinder Track cycle route, along the old railway from Scarborough to Whitby, with full-colour (!) photos, including lots of Yorkshire sunshine. This 21.5 mile route has beautiful views, and there's wonderful wildlife along the way, for example house martins and swallows at Ravenscar. Read about the Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track.

UK cycling news

Olympic cyclists ask for everyday cycling investment

1st September 2016

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny, by Pistol Peet, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Olympic cyclists including Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, to tell her that the best way to honour their achievements is to invest heavily in everyday cycling. They ask her to meet British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman. Read about the Olympic cyclists ask for everyday cycling investment.


Overheard on the Nidderdale Greenway

25th July 2016

View from the Nidd Viaduct

'Oh my God, this is the best place ever,' I overheard on the Nidderdale Greenway. 'I really want to come down here with my camera.' There is something special about the view from the Nidd Viaduct, and the fact that a younger generation appreciates it too is encouraging. Read about overheard on the Nidderdale Greenway.

5 thoughts on riding in hot weather

20th July 2016

Road across Dallow Moor

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. It was more than 30 degrees celcius in North Yorkshire, which can't be right. I went for a bike ride, thinking I'd get a breeze, and everything would be fine. I did get a breeze, but the abnormally hot weather made a difference in various ways. Read my 5 thoughts on riding in hot weather.


Cycling ideas from Utrecht

Nachtegaal Straat, Utrecht

Utrecht is a cycle-friendly city, with good infrastructure for cycling, and a culture of cycling for short trips in and around the city. A large percentage of journeys in Utrecht are made by bike. What can we learn from Utrecht? For some answers, see HedgehogCycling's series of three 'cycling ideas from Utrecht' videos.

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Harrogate, Burnt Yates, & Shaw Mills road cycling route

Shaw Mills

This 20-mile route, a loop north of Harrogate, uses the Nidderdale Greenway to get out of town to Ripley. It takes in Clint, Burnt Yates, Shaw Mills, and Bishop Thornton. The countryside is lovely, and there's as little hassle from motorised traffic as is possible. Read Hedgehog's guide to the Harrogate, Burnt Yates, & Shaw Mills road cycling route.

Nidderdale Greenway

Nidderdale Greenway

The best and most popular cycleway in Harrogate, the Nidderdale Greenway goes about 4 miles to Ripley, using the trackbed of a disused railway. It opened in May 2013.

Beryl Burton cycleway

Beryl Burton cycleway

The Beryl Burton cycleway is an off-road cycle route from Bilton Village Farm to the Nidd at High Bridge, Knaresborough. It can be used as a quiet route between Harrogate and Knaresborough, or for a recreational ride, perhaps extending it by going along Waterside past the Old Manor House.

Old Manor House, Waterside, Knaresborough

Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble bike trail

Bike trail in Timble woods

Our guide to the bike trail on Yorkshire Water's land at Fewston reservoir, through the Beecroft Plantation and Timble woods. Read about the Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble woods bike trail.

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About Hedgehog Cycling

Hedgehog Cycling logo

I started Hedgehog Cycling after the announcement that Yorkshire had been chosen to host the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. It was an exciting time for cycling in Yorkshire. There were guides to the Yorkshire (and Cambridge and London) stages on Hedgehog. 

The Tour de France in Yorkshire has been and gone, but Hedgehog Cycling is still going strong. In keeping with its origins, it covers the Tour de France, and cycling in Yorkshire, including the Tour de Yorkshire, and guides to Yorkshire cycle routes. There's also cycling-related news from the UK and Europe. 

Hedgehog Guides

York to Beningbrough cycle route

Beningbrough Hall

There's a great cycle route from the centre of York to Beningbrough, partly on tarmacked path by the river Ouse, and partly on quiet roads. It ends up at Beningbrough Hall, an C18th National Trust property (where cyclists are entitled to a free cup of tea). Read HedgehogCycling's guide to the York to Beningbrough cycle route.

York to Selby cycle route

York to Selby cycle route, near Terry's factory

HedgehogCycling's guide to the York to Selby cycle route, including 'cycle the solar system'. This is a quality route, mainly on a tarmacked path on an old railway track bed, and is perfect for family cycling. Read our guide (with video and photos) to the York to Selby cycle route.

Other Hedgehog guides

Guide to the Tour of Britain 2016 | Guide to the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 | Guide to the Tour de France 2016 | Guide to the Tour de France 2014 

5 facts about Tom Dumoulin

Butter Tubs, Yorkshire DalesNidd viaduct and shared path signTour de France peloton on Côte de Blubberhouses

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