A new walking, cycling and horse riding route from Harrogate to Ripley, opened on Saturday 25th May.
The new Nidderdale Greenway has been created by reopening the railway viaduct and part of the Harrogate to Ripon railway line for public use, and will give local people the chance to make more of their everyday journeys without having to rely on a car.
Festivities on Saturday included circus skills and stalls. The event was held at the Ripley end of the route, giving pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders an incentive to try this accessible and popular three mile route.
Sustrans’ Regional Director for Yorkshire and The Humber, David Hall said:
"Re-opening Nidd Viaduct and extending the Harrogate railway path to Ripley has been a long term local community aspiration. Walking and cycling tourism is booming in the UK and this new route will make the dales more accessible and enjoyable on foot and by bike.
“We’re pleased to have been able to work closely with Harrogate Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the local community, to deliver this project.”
Local Councillor Michael Harrison said:
"This route provides a great excuse to get out into the Dales without taking the car. It is already proving very popular and is a great example of what can be achieved by organisations working together."
Photographs from the event: