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Cycling & Cycle Routes in Harrogate & District

The huge success of the Tour de France in July 2014 showed the world what we in Yorkshire already knew; there are some great roads and cycle routes around Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale.

Bring the bike and come and see for yourself!

You can hire a bicycle & equipment from one of our great cycle shops and explore the area's winding roads and quiet tracks at your own pace, as well as getting some great cycle and route advice from knowledgeable staff.

For the committed enthusiast we have a range of serious cycle routes that can test fitness and strength, while showcasing the breath-taking landscape that wowed the world last July.

Of course the most popular at the moment is Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.

Now signposted for its full length, the Stage 1 route offers all cyclists the chance to see just how they compare to the best in the world and to relive that memorable weekend, touring the Yorkshire Dales before racing into Harrogate, victorious and triumphant.

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has two great cycle routes, a Northern and a Southern Loop, both include stunning views, gruelling climbs and tranquil back roads and, at 40 miles a piece, can be treated as a gentle day ride or a vigorous training route.

Stitched together however, you have a "Round the Dale in 80 miles" epic which will challenge any keen cyclist.

Each Loop features one of Nidderdale’s ‘Killer Climbs’, brutal ascents that will test the legs to breaking point.

Sustrans’ newest coast to coast route, the Way of the Roses, has its halfway point - for effort rather than distance - between Pateley Bridge and Ripon making both towns popular stopping points for those tackling the route in two or four days.

This National Cycle Route is well signposted as NCN688 and is a great way to see some of the best of the Yorkshire Dales.

Be sure to rest well and recharge with our cycle-friendly accommodation before pushing on to the coast.

But you don’t need to love the pain or spend the day attacking horrible hills to enjoy a day in the saddle.

We have a host of leisurely routes & cycle paths offering the simpler pleasure of just being out in the world and enjoying the scenery or chatting with a friend. 

Try the recently opened Nidderdale Greenway which stretches 4 miles from the centre of Harrogate.

Well signposted, you can gently follow the route of the old Nidderdale Branchline Railway out of the town, over a restored viaduct and though the fields to the castle village of Ripley for an ice cream or lunch at the Boars Head.

Yorkshire Water offer permissive Bridleways around both Scar House Reservoir and through the woods south of Fewston Reservoir, around the village of Timble.

Both these sites offer free car parking and picnic facilities for a relaxed family day out.

To read more about the growing cycling scene around the Harrogate District, find cycle shops and cafes and find out about our Tour de France legacy visit our new Cycling Section.

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  1. Nidderdale Greenway

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    Nidderdale Greenway

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Harrogate

    The former railway line is also known as the Nidderdale Greenway.

    As well as developing the traffic-free path, this route development included bringing back into use the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and providing new safe crossings of the A61 near Ripley.

    The Greenway also links...

  2. Killer Climbs - Peat Lane

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    Killer Climbs - Peat Lane

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    Less than a mile from Pateley Bridge this climb feels surprisingly remote.  A brutal climb used locally for hill climb training (some will do reps believe it or not) or as a traffic free alternative to Greenhow Hill as it has negligible traffic, and as such it can be included in a number of popular...

  3. Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

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    Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    Starting just a stone’s throw from the foot of the Peat Lane Climb this adjacent ascent features a very different profile and environment.  

    The climb makes its way right up the valley side, from the fields through the trees and out onto the moors at the very top.  Tight and windy this climb...

  4. Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse)

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    Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse)

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    One of the most unrelenting climbs on offer in Nidderdale.  This is a climb that never ends, but if it does get the better of you, there are stunning views down the valley as a consolation.

    On 29 April 2017 the Cote de Lofthouse will be the main climb of both the women's and Stage 2 of the...

  5. Nidderdale's Killer Climbs - Cycle Challenge

    Nidderdale's Killer Climbs - Cycle Challenge

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A set of challenging climbs on the roads of Nidderdale that can be incorporated into your route choice to provide a gruelling challenge the likes which great rides are made of.

    No Pain, No Gain! If you like your cycling to be a challenge and no ride is complete if your legs aren't burning,...

  6. Nidderdale Northern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Nidderdale Northern AONB Loop - Road Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A 40 mile (65km) circular route which explores the northern part of the AONB including Pateley Bridge, Upper Nidderdale, Masham and some of the eastern villages. There are some key attractions en route such as Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site and Brimham Rocks which are well...

  7. Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A 39 mile (63km) circular route (with the option of an extra 4 miles (6km) each way to Ilkley) which explores the southern part of the AONB including the Washburn Valley, the towns of Ilkley and Otley and some of the beautiful villages of lower Nidderdale.

  8. Way of the Roses - Coast to Coast Cycle Route

    Way of the Roses - Coast to Coast Cycle Route

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Ripon

    The Way of the Roses is the most stunning and also the newest of the 8 Sustrans Coast to Coast cycle routes.

    Beginning in Morecombe the route passes through two of the North’s great National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   The route takes in some of great northern cities...

  9. National Trust Long Dales Route

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    National Trust Long Dales Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Ripon

    This is a challenging route for committed, fit bike riders that takes in some of Yorkshire's most amazing scenery. Starting from the National Trust Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal World Heritage Site (toilets, refreshments) the route heads through the historic deer park and then country lanes...

  10. Swinsty and Timble Cycle Route

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    Swinsty and Timble Cycle Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Harrogate

    With something for everyone the trails which make up Swinsty & Timble Cycle Route are made up with a network of Bridleways and permissive routes, and custom built mountain bike trails.

    Family cycling can be found along the forest tracks, while a rewarding but accessible selection of mountain bike...

  11. Tour de Nidderdale  - Cycle Route

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    Tour de Nidderdale - Cycle Route

    Type

    Cycle Route

    These two routes will each make for a vigourous ride in themselves, touring the valley of Nidderdale as well as Mashamshire and showing off some of the best views the valley has to offer as they go.

    They an be joined together to create a serious ride of almost 60 miles that will test the legs...

  12. Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes

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    Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes are a permissive bridleway loop around Yorkshire Water’s Scar House Reservoir which comes to 4 miles and crosses both dams at the top of the valley.

    For walkers it can be extended with a further loop of rough yomping around Angram Reservoir to the remote top of...

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