A new edition of the Bradt Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales
has been published, written by Mike Bagshaw and Caroline Mills.
It contains some pleasing nature notes, worth reading for new tips
even if you know the Dales quite well. It's organised into six
chapters, representing six areas of the Dales, loosely defined. The
final chapter is Nidderdale, Harrogate & around.
This well-researched and logically-ordered book will help you
discover more about the Dales. You can pop it in your pocket when
you head off there, and it works even where there's no wifi
There's been a change to the route of the elite women's individual
time trial at the Yorkshire Worlds.
The original route was straight down the A61 from Ripon to
Harrogate, followed by one lap of the Harrogate circuit. The new
route forks off the A61 at Ripley, and takes in Bedlam, Clint,
Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite.
The change results in a more challenging, technical, and
interesting time trial course.
At the heart of Harrogate, bang on the Yorkshire Worlds route,
there's a 36cm cycle lane. It's brilliant that Harrogate is
welcoming the world in September, but what about everyday bike
riders all year round?
Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed with thought and
intelligence to create a joined-up, easily usable network. I
took a few photos of cycle infrastructure in Zandvoort, and I've added
some comments about the intention of the planners. In the UK, we
should pay particular attention to the way they give bike routes
continuity, instead of making them give way to every side street.
A summary of events so far in relation to a so-called relief road
being promoted by an Executive on North Yorkshire County Council -
in spite of overwhelming oppostion from Harrogate councillors - and
four reasons why it is a terrible idea.
This circular road cycling route starts in Harrogate, and heads up
to Pateley Bridge then Lofthouse. It climbs the Côte de Lofthouse,
which featured on the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, then returns via
Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, Galphay, Studley Royal and Ripley to
Harrogate. It's on quiet, country roads, features beautiful scenery,
and there's the challenge of a steep ascent.
This circular road cycling route starts in Grassington, and heads
north up Wharfedale then Littondale to Halton Gill. It climbs to
Malham Tarn, then returns via Malham, Kirkby Malham, Airton, Hetton,
and Cracoe to Malham. The roads are quiet, and the ride takes in
lanes lined with dry stone walls, open fells, and villages of
limestone-built houses, as well as views of Malham Cove.
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
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 the Hedgehog
guide to the York to Beningbrough cycle route.
The latest in Hedgehog's Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire series, Stage 6 is a nice ride on quiet back roads
from Settle to Clapham. There's just enough hill-age to make it
interesting, and there are plenty of options for a cup of tea or a
pint of beer.