Family cycling

If you’re new to cycling, have a young family or would just prefer a short, quiet bike ride away from traffic in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale AONB has plenty of choice.

Part of the beauty of this part of Yorkshire for family cycling is that much of it is remote and there is a great network of quiet roads and lanes for you to explore by bike.

Nidderdale Greenway - this is a 4 mile (6.5km) traffic-free cycle route, which connects Ripley, on the edge of Nidderdale AONB, to Harrogate and Knaresborough on a fantastic converted railway line. Perfect for a family cycling day out in Yorkshire. There are unsigned on-road connections between Ripley and the AONB, the Way of the Roses cycle route and the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west.

Yorkshire Water have created a series of family friendly cycle routes close to some of their reservoirs in the AONB, including Swinsty, Fewston and Scar House. As well as family cycle routes there are cycle route options for cyclists who are a bit more confident. The cycle routes use varied surfaces, including short sections of tarmac, hard stoned tracks and grassed areas which can be soft and muddy.

You can also devise a cycling route of your own using the Harvey Map ‘Yorkshire Dales for Cyclists’ or Ordnance Survey Explorer maps (297 and 298 - cover the majority of the AONB). There are plenty of well-cycled paths available to help really explore a large proportion of the area of Nidderdale AONB.

Please be aware that these routes use bridleways and country roads which are also used by horse riders and walkers. Cyclists must give way to these users and be particularly careful when approaching horses from behind - it helps if you call out to let the horse and rider know that you are there. It is important to pass horses & riders and walkers slowly and wide. Please follow the International Mountain Biking Association UK code of conduct and ride responsibly, while showing respect for others, and care for the environment.