Yorkshire Cycling

Cyclist on Broad Dubb Road
Broad Dubb Road

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, and the 2019 UCI World Championships.

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Yorkshire Cycling: Latest Articles

Hebden Bridge to Brighouse Bike Ride

1st January 2021

Calder & Hebble Navigation
Calder & Hebble Navigation

The Hebden Bridge to Brighouse bike ride is mainly on canal towpaths.

It's 24 miles there and back, but if you prefer you can ride one way and let the train take the strain on the way home.

Read about Hebden Bridge to Brighouse Bike Ride.

Yorkshire & Humber Climate Action Plan

11th November 2021

Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Plan
Yorkshire & Humber Climate Action Plan

The Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission yesterday published its Yorkshire & Humber Climate Action Plan. What does it say about active travel and housing developments?

Read about the Yorkshire & the Humber Climate Action Plan.

Harrogate Cycling

Cyclist in Harrogate

The Harrogate Cycling section includes latest news,greenways, town centre cycle routes, road cycling routes, mountain biking ideas, bike shops cycle clubs, and more.

Read about Harrogate Cycling.

Harrogate Cycleways: Harland Way

Harland Way

The Harland Way is a Sustrans cycle and foot path between Spofforth and Wetherby, and is theoretically phase 1 of a route between Harrogate and York, the rest of which may one day be built.

The Harland Way, also known as the Wetherby Railway path, goes to Wetherby, then there's an extension east of Wetherby, as far as Thorp Arch Estate and Retail Park.

Read more about Harland Way.

Eccup & Harewood Mountain Bike Ride

28th November 2020

Track on Eccup & Harewood mountain bike ride
Eccup Harewood mountain bike route

This is a good Winter mountain bike ride, from Eccup Reservoir to the Muddy Boots café at Harewood, and back.

Read about Eccup & Harewood Mountain Bike Ride.

32 billion miles travelled

25th September 2020

Yorkshire traffic by vehicle
Traffic by vehicle type

Yorkshire & the Humber has seen big increases in traffic over the last 20 years, according to figures from the DfT.

Read about 32 billion miles travelled.

Bradt Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales

8th June 2019

Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales
Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales

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.

Read about the Bradt Slow Travel guide to the Yorkshire Dales.

Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Terry's chocolate factory, York
Terry's chocolate factory, York

At the time of the Tour de France in 2014, Sustrans put together 21 stages of a Slow Tour of Yorkshire.

They are family-friendly rides on routes which aren't too busy with traffic. My guide to the routes has map, notes, photos, and suggestions for improvements.

Read about the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire.

UCI 2019 World Championships

UCI 2019 logo
UCI 2019 road World Championships

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.

See the full UCI 2019 race programme.

Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway, Shipley to Bradford

1st July 2019

Canal Road Cycleway
Canal Road Cycleway

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.

Read about the Canal Road Greenway & Cycleway.

York Cycling Tours

25th June 2019

York Cycling Tours
York Cycling Tours

I joined a cycling tour of York, and found it was an excellent way to explore the city.

It's really a history tour, much like walking tours of York, but it's a more relaxing and enjoyable way of getting between the sights, and adds and extra element of fun.

Read about York Cycling Tours.