The recently opened Nidderdale Greenway from Harrogate town centre to the village of Ripley on the A61, a few miles north of Harrogate, following an old railway line.




From Harrogate the way runs parallel to the railway for the first half mile and is typical railway scenery. Then after crossing over the A59 on a bridge there is a mixture of suburban housing and fields until the river Nidd. The way then passes over the Nidd gorge on a dramatic bridge before running parallel to the river as far the A61. This part of the route is extremely pretty through woods and fields. On reaching the busy A61, the road has to be crossed by a pedestrian crossing, and the last half mile is across a field, though still on the cycleway.


Full tarmac, traffic free cycleway - suitable for classic and skate.


In Harrogate, starts from the Asda store near the town centre, not far from the station. Best reached along Dragon road from the A59 Skipton road. Ripley is directly adjacent to the A61 and the way finishes at the village car park. There is also an access point on Bilton lane on the north side of Skipton road.


Available at both ends.
In Ripley there is the village car park, and in Harrogate there is a public car park adjacent to the Asda car park. All are pay and display.


A couple of short sharp slopes and tight beds at the Ripley end.
The A61 must only be crossed by the crossing, preferably on foot.
The way is already very popular and likely to be busy at weekends.


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Details by YDCCSC
Last updated 9-7-2013