Route 697 of the National Cycle Network is partially complete and open between Garforth and Allerton Bywater, known as the Linesway Greenway. When completed it will connect Garforth to Knottingly, via Castleford and Ferrybridge.

The open section of this route starts in Garforth following a disused railway line.

The route is proposed to continue on the railway path to the River Aire on the north side of Castleford and then follow the riverbank as far as the A1(M), then taking you alongside this road. From here it is planned to continue alongside the B6136 to Ferrybridge from where it follows the Aire and Calder Navigation to the outskirts of Knottingley. A second proposed spur will follow the River Aire towards Castleford Rail Station.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 697 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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