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Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Terrys factory, York to Selby cycle route

York to Selby cycle route

The Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorskhire is 21 easy cycle routes across the county. It was launched at the time of the Tour de France in Yorkshire (2014). See also the information on the Sustrans site.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 1, Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam

Wyke Beck Way

This urban route along the Wyke Beck Way, follows Wyke Beck and goes through parks and greener areas within Leeds, as well as some housing estates. It takes you from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam.

Read about Stage 1, Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 2, Garforth to Woodlesford

Woodlesford Lock

Stage 2 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire takes you from Garforth, past RSPB St Aidan's, to Woodlesford Lock. It's a pleasant ride along the Linesway (former railway), then by the river Aire.

Read about Stage 2, Garforth to Woodlesford.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 3, Leeds to Saltaire

Rodley Barge

Stage 3 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a very nice 12-mile (one way) ride along the Leeds & Liverpool canal from Leeds to Saltaire. It's pleasant being by the canal, the views keep changing, and there are plenty of places of interest, as well as cafés and pubs where you can refuel. The destination, Saltaire, is interesting and has several attractions. The only downside is the very rough surface as you get nearer to Saltaire, something that must be sorted out. If you ride there and back, it is a decent distance. Overall, highly recommended.

Read about Stage 3, Leeds to Saltaire.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 4, Keighley to Saltaire

Five Rise Locks, Bingley

Stage 4 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a very nice ride along the canal (and back) between Keighley and Saltaire. Five Rise Locks at Bingley is interesting and impressive, and there's also a good café there. The rough surface of the towpath makes this more of a mountain bike ride than a road bike route.

Read about Stage 4, Keighley to Saltaire.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 5, Skipton to Bolton Abbey

Ruins of Bolton Priory

Stage 5 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire starts on a busy road out of Skipton. It should normally be quieter from Embsay, and takes a country back road to Bolton Abbey. I was unlucky that when I did it, diverted traffic made the route busy and stressful. Bolton Abbey estate is free to visit by bike, the river Wharfe is beautiful, there are several points of interest, and plenty of places for tea and cake.

Read about Stage 5, Skipton to Bolton Abbey.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 6, Settle to Clapham

Settle to Clapham road

Stage 6 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a nice ride on quiet back roads from Settle to Clapham. There's just enough hill-age to make it interesting. Typical Yorkshire Dales scenery makes for picturesque surroundings in good weather. There are plenty of options for a cup of tea or a pint of beer.

Read about Stage 6, Settle to Clapham.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 7, Harrogate to Ripley

Nidderdale Greenway

Stage 7 is the Nidderdale Greenway, from Harrogate to Ripley. It's on the trackbed of an old railway line, so it's flat. Perhaps the highlight is the crossing of the Nidd Viaduct, with views of the Nidd Gorge.

Read about Stage 7, Harrogate to Ripley.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 8, York to Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Stage 8 is 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 about Stage 8, York to Beningbrough.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 9, York to Naburn

Terry's chocolate factory

York to Naburn is part of the longer York to Selby route. It includes a section called 'Cycle the Solar System', with scale models of the planets the correct distance (proportionately) from the sun and each other along the path. Most of the route is on the trackbed of an old railway line.

Read about Stage 9, York to Naburn.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 10, Bradford City to Bowling Park

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 11, Hebden Bridge to Brighouse

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 12, Ossett to Oakenshaw

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 13, Huddersfield to Dewsbury

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 14, Barnsley to Old Moor

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 15, Penistone to Dunford Bridge

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 16, Sheffield to Rotherham

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 17, Doncaster to Conisbrough

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 18, Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby

Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge is at the heart of this ride, from Barton-upon-Humber at the south end to North Ferriby on the north bank of the estuary. The bridge is impressive, but the ride across it is noisy and polluted.

Read about Stage 18, Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 19, Hull to Hornsea

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Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 20, Driffield to Bridlington

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Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 21, Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke

Hawsker, on the Cinder Track

Stage 21 from Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke is simply a selected part of the longer Cinder Track route. The Hedgehog guide is to the whole Cinder Track.

Read about Stage 21, Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke, on the Cinder Track page.

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Harrogate road cycling routes

Cyclist on Broad Dubb Road, near Harrogate

There are lots of nice rides to do on the road, with lovely countryside around Harrogate. Traffic can make life difficult, but I try to identify some of the better and quieter routes.

There's a Hedgehog guide to a route to the north of Harrogate, the Harrogate, Burnt Yates, & Shaw Mills route; and to longer routes to the north - the Sawley, High Grantley, and Brimham route, the Ripley, Brimham Rocks, Dallow Moor, & Studley Royal route, and the Côte de Lofthouse route.

To the west, there's the Harrogate, Beckwithshaw, Bland Hill, Swinsty reservoir, & Penny Pot Lane route, and a different version of it called the Penny Pot Lane loop.

Read about Harrogate road cycling routes.

Wyke Beck Way sign Nidderdale GreenwayHawsker, Cinder Track