The Nidderdale Greenway is
the best cycleway in Harrogate, and goes about 4 miles to Ripley. It
may eventually be extended as far as Pateley Bridge. It follows the
route of a dismantled railway (the Leeds to Northallerton railway,
which closed in 1969), so it's largely flat. The official opening was
on 25th May 2013.
Showground Greenway was opened in Spring 2014. It takes cyclists
(and pedestrians) from Hornbeam Park to the Yorkshire Showground and
Sainsburys Wetherby Road, then on towards Plumpton Park.
There are lots of nice rides to do on the road, with lovely countryside
around Harrogate. Escaping from Harrogate is a problem because of the
heavy traffic and lack of cycle provision, so many of the rides begin on
the Nidderdale Greenway.
Harrogate has a number of bike shops, including Prologue, the
Specialized concept store, Chevin Cycles, and more. All serve a
slightly different market, so whatever you're looking for, you should
find a Harrogate bike shop to
meet your needs.
Harrogate Nova is the
oldest of the clubs, founded in 1971. They are probably the most
involved in racing, but they also have social rides, including the
traditional Sunday club run.
The Cappuccino Cycling Club
is newer, established in 2009, and is growing rapidly. They are a
friendly road cycling club, and they aim to enjoy their cycling, with a
stop for coffee and cakes on the Saturday and Sunday morning club runs.
When numbers permit, there'll be three groups - steady (15mph), medium
(17-18mph), and faster (19-20mph). As well as the weekend rides, there
are Tuesday and Thursday evening rides, and a social pub evening on the
first Friday of each month.
Wheel Easy is a Harrogate
cycling club started in 2006. It's a friendly club doing rides in
Harrogate and the surrounding countryside, and out into the Yorkshire
Dales, Wolds, and Moors. They cater for everyone from beginners to more
As well as the cycle clubs, there's Liferiders
Harrogate, which is a community cycling and well-being project,
with rides on Wednesday evenings and one Sunday a month. The objective
is to feel better physically and mentally through riding bikes.
The Personal Cyclist Coaching and Guiding
Personal Cyclist is a business run by Kate Auld that offers ride
confidence coaching and guided cycling experiences in Harrogate and
North Yorkshire, for all abilities.
Kate says that she aims to encourage more people to enjoy life by bike,
take out the hassle, and answer the questions that people may be afraid
to ask starting out.
Harrogate District Cycle Action
District Cycle Action is a campaign group which encourages cycling
as a healthy, safe, and enjoyable activity for all ages, and as an
alternative mode of transport. It campaigns for better cycling
facilities within Harrogate District, in particular a network of safe
cycleways; it tries to work with our two councils, but in practice that
is very difficult and frustrating.
If you ride a bike in Harrogate District, please sign up as a Supporter! The more
voices we have calling for improvements, the more likely they are to
happen. Without pressure, our local authorities won't do anything.
Supporters can contribute ideas for improvements via the website, and
will be kept informed of local cycling developments by a quarterly
The phase 1 plan is long, with lots of background information. It has
some comments on best practice (p78 onwards) and explains WSP's approach
to developing a cycle network (starts at p85). It identifies 'priority
corridors'. A draft network map appears at p97, and draft priorities at
paragraph 6.5 (beyond the end of the page numbering). The draft
Harrogate to Knaresborough
Pannal and south Harrogate to the town centre
Bilton to Starbeck, Bilton to the town centre, Bilton to Hornbeam
Park, & Bilton to south Harrogate
Hornbeam Park to town centre & to Starbeck
Jennyfield to town centre
Phase 2 is supposed to be a series of draft designs, which are to be
the basis of bids to government for funding. There is no news on a Phase
2 report at the time of writing (October 2020). The concern is that
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is commissioning long reports as a
way of looking as though it is doing something, but no improvements are
happening on the ground.
There was strong support for better walking and cycling facilities.
The response from the county council should have been to set out
details of how it proposed to implement the results of the Survey, with
a timetable. They failed to do this. Instead, almost unbelievably, they
came up with another idea for a bypass road.
Harrogate has three twin towns: Bagnères-de-Luchon (France),
Montecatini Terme (Italy), and Barrie (Canada). There are exciting
opportunities for cycling in our twin towns, and links are being
revitalised by Harrogate's twinning committee.
This was our guide to the Tour
de France in Harrogate on 5th and 6th July 2014, with reports of
the plans being put into place, information from the council, ideas
about where to stay, and the latest news.
Stage one was
the main event for Harrogate, as the riders came up Parliament Street
for the finish on West Park. There was a Tour de France Fan Park on West
Park Stray. Then on stage
two, the race came from York, through Knaresborough and Starbeck,
up to the Empress roundabout then the New Park roundabout, before
heading out on the Skipton Road towards the Côte de Blubberhouses.
In advance of the Tour, the town was decorated with mini-Tour de France
jerseys, and bicycles as works of art, part of the 101
Bicyclettes project. See photos of the Tour decorations.
Re-live the golden weekend of the Tour de France 2014 in Harrogate!