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Cyclist on Broad Dubb Road, by Hedgehog Cycling
This is a guide to road cycling routes around Harrogate.
The country roads north of Harrogate offer, arguably, the best possibilities for road cycling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Yorkshire Water has created a bike trail near Fewston
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.
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