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Cycling in Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale

Nidderdale has some classic cycle routes both on and off road, with truly something for everyone.  Whether you are looking for a short jaunt or a physical challenge of endurance, bring your bike to Pateley Bridge and get some Nidderdale under your wheels.

Roads where Champions are made

Ever since the Tour de France enjoyed record crowds and an iconic finish in Harrogate these roads have been the must visit for cyclists.  The Tour do Yorkshire quickly found a home on the climbs of Nidderdale, never missing the chance to enjoy an iconic descent of Pateley Bridge high street.

As you would expect, Nidderdale has climbs galore and any way you turn you will soon be clicking down through the gears as you search for the right gear for the gradient.  Whatever gear you choose, don't get comfy.   The climbs in Nidderdale have ever-changing profiles that  will keep you guessing and make it worth always keeping one lower gear free for what is come round the corner.  There's always one last kick, it's always longer than you think it will be.

We pulled four of the most challenging climbs together to make our Nidderdale Killer Climbs, in partnership with Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the infamous climb out of Lofthouse, a decisive hill in past editions of the Tour de Yorkshire and the 2019 UCI World Championships Elite Women Road Race.

Rugged landscape, for rugged riding

The hilly and weather-beaten nature of Nidderdale also makes for excellent mountain biking.  There are a choice of off road routes from Pateley Bridge and the nearby villages.  While climbs are to be expected, some routes are hillier than others, so check the route profile before you head out to avoid any nasty surprises - and be sure to pack tools and spare tubes, it can be a long way back to base.

As well as long leg-busting cross country riding you will also find some technical descending with challenging mixes of bedrock and loose rocks, tricky cambers and woodland roots.

From short blasts to day rides you will always want to bring the mountain bike with you when you come to Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale.

The cyclist’s playground

Whatever bike you are riding let Nidderdale be your playground.  For every climb you conquer, you will be rewarded with far reaching views where, if needed, you can give the impression of admiring the magnificence that is Yorkshire rather than recovering your breath.

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  1. Vern Overton Cycling

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    Vern Overton Cycling

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    Cycle Hire

    Harrogate

    Overview

    We are a cycle-hire and guided tour company based in the scenic Nidderdale valley.  We provide road bikes, mountain-bikes, e-bikes and hybrids for personal hire and also offer a fully qualified bike guiding service.  We can also deliver bikes to your accommodation or to an area where…

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  2. Great Greenhow MTB route

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    Great Greenhow MTB route

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    Cycling - MTB

    Pateley Bridge

    This 25 mile cross-country route takes you far from the town and villages and up onto the remote moors and the high peak of Greenhow Hill. 

    Reaching right onto the edge of Barden Fell and offering dramatic views out into wharfedale this route then returns back into Nidderdale with a fast…

  3. The View looking back from the top of Old Church Lane

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    Killer Climbs - Old Church Lane

    Type

    Cycling - Road

    Pateley Bridge

    One regular comment from visitors to Pateley Bridge is how steep the high street is.  In point of fact at less than 10% it’s not all that steep at all, as you’ll find out on this Killer Climb.  Instead of following the main road down the valley from the top of the high street, this climb goes…

  4. Killer Climbs - Peat Lane

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    Killer Climbs - Peat Lane

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    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…

  5. Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

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    Killer Climbs - Two Stoops (Naught Bank)

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    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…

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

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    Killer Climbs - Trapping Hill (Côte de Lofthouse)

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    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 was the main climb of both the women's and Stage 2 of the men's…

  7. Tour de Nidderdale  - Cycle Route

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    Tour de Nidderdale - Cycle Route

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    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…

  8. Brimham Blast MTB Route

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    Brimham Blast MTB Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    The Brimham Blast is a short but technical nine mile mountain bike loop that will still put a sting in the legs.   The start point is Stif Cycles in Summerbridge, though the route can also be started from Pateley Bridge. 

    To make a morning or an afternoon of it, why not combine with route with…

  9. Brimham Loop MTB Route

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    Brimham Loop MTB Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This accessible cross-country mountain bike loop combines quiet country lanes with bridleways and tracks for a rolling ten mile circuit around lower Nidderdale.

    The route starts from Stif Cycles in Summerbridge and can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes depending on rider speed and ability.

  10. Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

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    Gouthwaite Circular MTB Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    A good introductory route to the great mountain biking around Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale, this follows a track alongside Gouthwaite reservoir, back down the other side on tarmac before a more technical climbing section through old mine workings.

    Start: Pateley Bridge. Length: 12 miles (21km).…

  11. Nidderdale Northern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Nidderdale Northern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This route is a variation on a popular local classic, and includes some of the best roads for riding in the Harrogate area.  

    As the name suggests the route tours the northern half of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so while the route contains some challenging climbs…

  12. Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Nidderdale Southern AONB Loop - Road Route

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    Cycle Route

    Pateley Bridge

    This loop crosses moors and valleys, scales remote hilltops and follows rivers on its 39 mile length around the southern part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

    Highlights include the climb up Greenhow Hill, spectacular views across far reaching moorland and…

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