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Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway, Shipley to Bradford

1st July 2019

Canal Road Cycleway
Canal Road Cycleway

Bradford Council have linked Shipley to Bradford, by adding the Canal Road Cycleway onto the existing Greenway.

The result is a usable route. It's generally safe and convenient. The Cycleway has priority over drives and side roads, except in places where the route designers lost their nerve, and made it give way.

Read about the Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway.

York Cycling Tours

25th June 2019

York Cycling Tours
York Cycling Tours

I joined a cycling tour of York, and found it was an excellent way to explore the city.

It's really a history tour, much like walking tours of York, but it's a more relaxing and enjoyable way of getting between the sights, and adds and extra element of fun.

Read about York Cycling Tours.

UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds

UCI road World Championships 2019 sign

The UCI 2019 road World Championships take place in Yorkshire from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th September 2019. Harrogate is the central hub, where all the events finish.

The world's best cyclists in Yorkshire. Nine days of top-class sport, and a festival atmosphere. It's going to be brilliant!

The Hedgehog guide to the event includes:

Check Hedgehog's UCI 2019 Yorkshire Worlds home page.

Bradt Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales

8th June 2019

Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales
Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales

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 coverage.

Read about the Bradt Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales.

UCI 2019 elite women's time trial route changed

20th May 2019

Route of the UCI 2019 elite women's ITT
UCI 2019 elite women's ITT route

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.

Read about the UCI 2019 elite women's individual time trial.


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36cm cycle lane

9th May 2019

West Park cycle lane
West Park cycle lane

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?

Read about 36cm cycle lane.


Yorkshire wildlife

Yorkshire Wildlife: guides & weekly photo

Red kite, Yorkshire Showground

Hedgehog's Yorkshire wildlife guides and this week's Yorkshire wildlife photo.

Yorkshire Wildlife: photos

Barn owl, Kex Gill Moor

An expanding collection of Yorkshire wildlife photos.


Europe

Inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure

Bikes in Zandvoort

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.

Read about inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure.

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Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route

View from the top of Côte de Lofthouse

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.

Read about this Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route.

Grassington Yorkshire Dales road cycling route

River Wharfe at Conistone

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.

Read about this Yorkshire Dales road cycling route.


Hedgehog Guides

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.

Other Hedgehog guides

UCI World Championships 2019 | Tour de France 2019 | Tour de Yorkshire 2019 | Tour de France 2018 | Tour de Yorkshire 2018 | Tour de France 2017Tour de Yorkshire 2017Tour of Britain 2016Tour de France 2016Tour de Yorkshire 2016Tour de France 2014 

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Yorkshire wildlife | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire