Cycling around Harrogate District
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”
Take to two wheels and explore the Harrogate district, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Way of the Roses.
Whether it’s on road or off, a gentle spin or a vigorous workout let the rolling hills, gently twisting lanes and traffic free cycle ways pull you in to enjoy the wonderful freedom of cycling.
What better way to spot wildlife, see the ruins and remains of past ages and get some exercise in all at the same time.
Great Road Cycling
Road cyclists will find incredible climbs, great long snaking roads and rich country lanes that can make for a glorious ride.
It’s no wonder the Tour de France visited Yorkshire in 2014 when the riding is this good. Yorkshire’s own international cycling race, the Tour de Yorkshire came back to Knaresborough in 2016, crossing the Nidderdale AONB to Pateley Bridge and in 2017 it will return to Harrogate in scenes reminiscent of the Yorkshire Grand Depart’s stunning success.
As well as following the Tour de France route there are some other fantastic routes around Nidderdale as well as some gruelling climbing challenges. Nidderdale also lies on the newest Coast to Coast route from Sustrans, the Way of the Roses, a 170 mile cycle route from Morecambe to Bridlington that passes through Pateley Bridge, Ripon and Boroughbridge.
Great For Knobbly Tyres Too
Mountain bikers are well advised to bring the bike when they visit, the bridleway network offers speedy cross country loops out of Knaresborough to the east, and more exciting and challenging Dales routes in the Nidderdale AONB on the west.
While every epic descent requires a gruelling climb you’ll find the views at the top are a great reward. Stock up great local food and drink to fuel your ride, and help restore you in the evenings.
Manmade riding is also available at Stainburn Forest, recently listed as England’s number one trail centre by Red Bull. While it may be small Stainburn offers sometimes startling technical challenges, guaranteed grins and since it is situated on a 1:7 hill you can be sure a work out like no other as you climb back up.
Great For Post Ride Relaxation
And when the riding is done, and legs have given their all you will find the perfect pub, café or tearoom to drop into a chair, recharge and reflect on a great day in the saddle.
Enjoy a great evening meal and some of the best local beer the UK has to offer while your legs tingle from a day in the saddle confident in the good night’s sleep you’ll get at one of our cycle friendly accommodation providers.
And then get the maps back out and start planning the next day’s ride!