The Nidderdale Greenway - Harrogate to Ripley Cycle Route

Route Details

  • From - to: Harrogate to Ripley
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Terrain: Traffic free path
  • National Cycle Network: Route 67

Route Description

The former railway line is also known as the Nidderdale Greenway. As well as developing the traffic-free path, this route development included bringing back into use the Grade 2 listed, seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and providing new safe crossings of the A61 near Ripley. The Greenway also links into the existing cycle network which takes you to Knaresborough, Starbeck and Harrogate. 

For the people of Knaresborough, Starbeck and Harrogate the route provides a wonderful gateway to various fantastic National Trust sites to the North. Brimham Rocks, the spectacular Fountains Abbey and Studley Park are all within 15 mile cycle ride. 

A signed high quality route from Harrogate Station to the beginning of the railway path has yet to be completed. Sustrans are working with Harrogate Council to develop this 1km connection. Exit West of the station and walk bikes up Station Parade before turning right on Bower Road before accessing the route at the back of Asda Car Park. 

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This route connects Bilton, North Harrogate, and Knaresborough with Ripley on a fantastic 4 mile converted railway line. There are currrently unsigned on-road connections between Ripley and the Way of the Roses cycle route to the North and the stunning Yorkshire Dales to the west. 

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