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Cyclist riding up Broad Dubb Road

Cyclist on Broad Dubb Road, by Hedgehog Cycling

This is a guide to road cycling routes around Harrogate.

Harrogate road cycling routes: north of Harrogate

The country roads north of Harrogate offer, arguably, the best possibilities for road cycling.

Harrogate road cycling routes: Harrogate, Burnt Yates, & Shaw Mills

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.

Harrogate road cycling routes: Ripley, Brimham Rocks, Dallow Moor, Galphay, & Studley Royal

Boundary stone, Dallow Moor

This 43-mile route north of Harrogate is on quiet roads, and takes in some stunning countryside along the way. It heads past Brimham Rocks, up onto Dallow Moor, and through the village of Galphay (where the Galphay Inn makes an ideal stop). It then continues through Studley Royal Deer Park, before returning to Ripley and Harrogate. Highly recommended. 

Read Hedgehog's guide to the Harrogate, Ripley, Brimham Rocks, Dallow Moor, Galphay, & Studley Royal road cycling route.

Harrogate road cycling routes: Sawley, High Grantley, & Brimham

Dallowgill, Dallow Moor

This 36-mile route, heading north from Harrogate, starts on the Nidderdale Greenway to Ripley. It continues to Sawley and High Grantley, before going up onto Dallow Moor, then back via Brimham Rocks and Burnt Yates to Ripley, then Harrogate. It's beautiful on the moors, especially when the heather is in bloom. You can see rabbits, weasels, deer, curlews, lapwings, and birds of prey. (This is an earlier, and slightly shorter, version of the Brimham Rocks, Dallow Moor, Galphay, & Studley Royal ride above). 

Read Hedgehog's guide to the Sawley, High Grantley, & Brimham road cycling route.

Harrogate road cycling routes: 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.

Harrogate road cycling routes: west of Harrogate

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

Swinsty reservoir

This is a 17-mile route into the countryside west of Harrogate, going via Beckwithshaw, Norwood Lane to Stainburn Moor, Broad Dubb Road to Bland Hill, then on to Swinsty reservoir. The return to Harrogate is via Penny Pot Lane. It makes a satisfying run, and there's lovely countryside, including going past Little Alm's Cliff. There's just enough gradient to make it interesting, and the prevailing west wind should be on your back on the way home. 

Read about the Harrogate, Beckwithshaw, Bland Hill, Swinsty reservoir, Penny Pot Lane road cycling route.

Harrogate road cycling routes: Penny Pot Lane loop

Broad Dubb Road

This is very similar to the route above, west of Harrogate, but it goes anti-clcokwise instead of clockwise. It heads out via Penny Pot Lane to Swinsty reservoir, and returns on Watson's Lane, Broad Dubb Road, and Norwood Lane. 

Read Hedgehog's guide to the Penny Pot Lane loop road cycling route.

Yorkshire Dales road cycling route

Yorkshire Dales road cycling route: Grassington, Halton Gill, Malham & Cracoe

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.

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Beryl Burton cycleway

Beryl Burton cycleway

The Beryl Burton cycleway is a traffic-free cycle and foot path between Bilton Village Farm and the Nidd at High Bridge, Knaresborough.

Read about the Beryl Burton cycleway.

Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble bike trail

Gill Beck, Timble

Yorkshire Water has created a bike trail near Fewston reservoir. It runs from Swinsty Moor Plantation car park, through Beecroft Moor Plantation, across Rue's Lane, and up to Timble Woods; round a loop in Timble Woods, down Rue's Lane, and back through Beecroft Moor Plantation to the car park. Read aboutthe Fewston, Beecroft, Timble woods, & Swinsty bike trail.

Shaw Mills DallowgillSwinsty reservoir

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