About the Cycling sub-group
We are looking at improving established on and off road local cycling routes and have made links with Leeds City Council and Sustrans about developing cycling routes around our area.
We have also identified some safety issues for cyclists eg. pot holes on roads and degradation of off road cycling/walking paths. We are working to identify ownership and responsibility for maintenance of existing off road paths and have had a response from Leeds City Council about pot hole repairs (planned for 2020-21).
We will keep this page updated, but for more information the following links may be useful:
- Transport Planning
- See ‘Cycling Action Plan’, ‘Cycle Lanes and Routes’ and ‘Leeds Cycling Strategy’ – these do not mention Boston Spa but do include Thorp Arch
- Leeds Cycle forum – East Leeds Orbital Route
- Tadcaster Wetherby Otley route planned (in consultation with Sustrans)
- ‘Little Toe’ bike track and ‘Devils Toenail’ bike park for off roading at Wetherby
- Highways Operations for potholes
- Bike Libraries – closest are Positive Youth Bike Library at Tadcaster Grammar school
- Moor Allerton and Seacroft
- Bike donation at Scarthingwell Golf course
- Bike Hubs at Fearnville for advice and cycle training
Sustrans are the charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle. They created the National Cycle Network and Yorkshire has over a thousand miles including popular long-distance tourist routes such as the Way of the Roses and the Trans Pennine Trail. As part of the Network review, Sustrans aims to find funding to double the number of traffic-free paths and raise the quality of the whole network so that a competent 12 year old could navigate around. The charity is working across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK to improve access, signage and surfacing across the Network and want to develop further traffic free paths with access for all abilities, including people on mobility scooters, adapted bikes and people on foot or horseback.
Sustrans have a team of volunteers throughout Yorkshire who help to maintain and sign the National Cycle Network and make it more wildlife-friendly. They are always looking for new volunteers to join the team and if you would like to find out more, please contact them.
Local Cycling Groups
- Cycling for Softies – up to 14 miles (alternate Tuesday and Wednesday mornings weekly);
- Medium Cycling – 14 to 25 miles (alternate Thursday and Friday mornings weekly);
- Medium Plus Cycling – 25 to 30 miles (Mondays monthly);
- Cycling Extra – 35 to 50 miles (Mondays fortnightly); and
- Off Road Cycling
Cycling in Lockdown – During these uncertain weeks and months, it’s good to keep active and according to Government Guidelines, we’re able to meet up to six people outdoors, but not allowed to meet in groups larger than that. Each week a new ride will be added to the Wetherby U3A webpage for you to enjoy on your own, or with someone from your household or in a small group. The U3A Softies and Medium groups will not be organising Lead rides for the moment, however, the Medium Plus and Extra and Off Road rides have just restarted. Please feel free to pick a ride from the list published under Cycling for Softies on the U3A Activities webpage. If you have any difficulties please email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07714 287706.
Please be aware of the Guidelines for Cycling also on the U3A webpages if you’re planning to go out on your bike.
Wetherby Bike Trails (Red Kite & More) – off road cycling on marked routes around Wetherby, regular Wednesday evening rides. Devil’s Toenail and Little Toe bike tracks, off the Harland Way Wetherby, for all ages and abilities. Parking at Linton Road Car Park.
Wetherby Wheelers ride on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for 18+ years of age; 25 miles plus.
Tadcaster Cycle Sense League specialises in introduction to Time Trialling.
Harrogate Wheel Easy is one of the largest leisure cycling clubs in the UK. Rides are on Wednesdays and Sunday from Hornbeam Park Harrogate. All distances; all abilities.
Maps and Leaflets of the area are available from Welcome to Wetherby, Wetherby and Boston Spa Libraries and the Tourist Information Service at the Wetherby Library.
Please let us know via the contact form below if you have any queries or other useful information.