There are some great places in Yorkshire to ride a bike - on country
lanes, using traffic-free paths, or mountain biking off-road. In recent
years, the county has become synonymous with bike racing too, with the
Tour de France in 2014, Tours de Yorkshire every year since then, and
the UCI road World
Championships in Yorkshire in 2019.
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.
Harrogate cycling news; guides to cycleways in and around Harrogate
(like the Nidderdale Greenway); assessments of the town centre cycle
lanes and suggestions for improvements; and road routes and off-road
There are also sections on bike shops in Harrogate, cycle clubs,
Harrogate & District Cycle Action, and the Cycling & Walking
Champions for Harrogate and North Yorkshire.
The UCI 2019 road World Championships take place in Yorkshire from
21st to 29th September, with Harrogate as the central hub.
The event kicks off with para-cycling road races on the first
Saturday, and a mixed team time trial the next day. The final weekend
sees the elite women race from Bradford to Harrogate via Nidderdale on
Saturday, and the elite men take on a course from Leeds through the
Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate on Sunday.
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.