Cycling & Walking
Cycling and walking are truly sustainable modes of transport creating zero carbon emissions and providing considerable health and economic benefits for individuals. Find cycleways in Harrogate and cycle routes in Harrogate on the maps below or enjoy one of the scenic walks. Harrogate is a fantastic place to experience on foot or by bicycle and choosing these transport options will help you to get the most from your visit or your day.
A long history of cycling
Harrogate has a long and distinguished history of cycling being the place where the Cyclists Touring Club was founded in 1878. In 2014 Harrogate town centre was host to the finish for the first stage of the 101st Tour de France. A spectacular reminder if one was needed that cycling is an important part of Harrogate’s heritage and its modern day culture. Today there are a number of successful cycling clubs in Harrogate. To find more information click on the links below.
Harrogate has a comprehensive network of cycle routes and cycleways including the Nidderdale Greenway which brings cyclists from Ripley to the centre of Harrogate along a traffic free pathway that was once part of the rail network. The Greenway forms part of national cycle trail 67 which continues south past the Harrogate Showground and on to Spofforth and Wetherby where it joins other national cycle routes. To find details of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, and access comprehensive information on cycling safety visit the Sustrans website.
If you feel that some of the hills in Harrogate might be a bit steep contact one of the towns electric bike hire companies or use the attached cycle maps to find the gentler leisure routes around the town.
For more information on general cycling routes around Harrogate please download the cycling map:
Great to explore on foot
Harrogate is a great town to experience on foot. A compact and accessible town centre with distinct areas of character and heritage, areas of wide open space and formal gardens of the highest quality make Harrogate an enriching and inviting place to explore. Shopping, eating and drinking, entertainment venues, hotels and conference venues are all within easy reach of the town centre and visitors can escape the crowds with ease and search out some of the towns interesting corners and side streets.
Why not take a stroll through the Valley Gardens and the Pine Woods to RHS Gardens at Harlow Car? This walking route takes approximately 25 minutes from the Montpellier Quarter and is an attractive scenic walk in its own right especially during spring and summer when the Valley Gardens are at their most spectacular.
Alternatively try one of our other themed walking routes by downloading directions below. Times are based on adult average walking times but do allow for taking the time to enjoy points of interest.
Use the Open Harrogate smartphone app to plan your own walking route or just to explore. You can also count those calories you’ll be burning along the way.
The Nidderdale Greenway connects North Harrogate with Ripley on a fant... Read More
EasyNational Cycle Network Route 67
NCN route 67 goes south from Ripley along the Nidderdale Greenway to n... Read More
MediumBilton / Starbeck Cycle Loop
This circular route uses traffic free cycle routes from Bilton down to... Read More
EasyShowground Greenway Cycle Loop
This route travels south from Harrogate Town Centre to the Great Yorks... Read More
MediumBeryl Burton Way
The Beryl Burton Cycle Way links the attractive market town of Knaresb... Read More
This route takes in the northern part of Harrogate through the histori... Read More
Cycle Retail and Repairs
- The Big Red Bike Company – www.bigredbike.co.uk
- Spa Cycles – www.spacycles.co.uk
- Specialized Concept Store – www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/harrogate-store
- Stif – www.stif.co.uk
- Ace Cycles, 180 Kings Road, tel: 01423 508417
- Crankit cycles – www.crankitcyclesuk.co.uk
- Prologue Performance cycling – www.prologuecycling.co.uk
- North Yorkshire Electric Bikes - www.ny-ebikes.co.uk
- Chevin Cycles - www.chevincycles.com
- Pedalheads, Knaresborough - www.pedalheadscycles.co.uk
Cycle Clubs in Harrogate
- Harrogate Wheel Easy– www.wheel-easy.org.uk
- Harrogate Nova– www.harrogatenova.com
- Cappucchino– cappucchino.co.uk
- Knaresborough Spinners– www.knaresborough-spinners.org.uk
If you don’t have your bike with you then there are a number of hire options available in the town for both regular and electric bikes.
Originally the Bicycle Touring Club, the CTC was founded in Harrogate in 1878 by Edinburgh medical student Stanley Cotterell. CTC is a charitable membership organisation supporting cycling and promoting bicycle use and is the oldest organisation of its type in the world.
In 1778 the Stray was set aside as 200 acres of common land to provide excercise space for all in search of health. The Stray is a valued part of Harrogate's historic character and continues to be an important space for local recreation and enjoyment.