Cycle Routes

We hope you find these routes interesting with a few historical references.  They vary in length from 2.2 km to a 35 km circular ride.  Most are based on a start finish in Wetherby, however, if you check out the map, you will find many are circular in nature and can be picked up at any point on the route.

Picnic spots are added and there are some beautiful ancient Churches in the area - most have benches.  A drink and a snack make your ride more enjoyable.

TIPS – Use your bell or call ahead particularly if you’re approaching walkers and cyclists. Be considerate and be aware.

The Harland Way Triangle, Wetherby

10 May 2020: 2.2km; 6mins. Click above to view map and full description.

The Harland Way was constructed in 1992 on the triangle of railway lines created between 1874 and 1901. Following the Beeching Review of 1962, the railway was closed and the lines removed. The Triangle returned to nature and became an overgrown and muddy path. In 1992, Peter Harland, a keen cyclist and President of Wetherby Lions, saw an opportunity to upgrade The Triangle and following the example set by Harrogate Town Council who had refurbished the route from Spofforth to the Boundary with West Yorkshire, transformed it into an all-weather route for walkers and cyclists alike. Members of the Lions engaged with Sustrans, who specialise in converting redundant railway lines into leisure facilities. Together, Yorkshire Electricity, Wetherby Lions and the Countryside Commission funded the project. Unfortunately, Peter Harland died before the project was completed but with agreement, the route was named The Harland Way in his memory and Leeds City Council agreed to maintain the route in perpetuity.

Wetherby, Walton, Thorp Arch & Boston Spa

7 May 2020: 15.3km; 48mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Cowthorpe, Cattal, Kirk Hammerton, Green Hammerton, Whixley & Walshford

7 May 2020: 15.8km; 1hr 21mins. Click above to view map and full description.

This ride is classed as leisurely with the following provisos:

  • the route crosses a railway line twice (each time supervised) and crosses the A59 twice (unsupervised);
  • the lane between the A59 and the A168 is rough in places and has potholes, but is negotiable by road bike; and
  • there is one steep hill out of Whixley to negotiate.

Wetherby, Walton, Rudgate & Thorp Arch

4 May 2020: 11.4km; 35mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Walton, Wighill, Tadcaster, Catterton, Healaugh & Thorp Arch

4 May 2020: 10.8km; 34mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Harland Way, Spofforth and return

30 April 2020: 20.1km; 1hr 3mins. Click above to view map and full description.

There are many wildflowers along this pretty route.

Wetherby, Wattle Syke, Wothersome, Collingham & Linton

30 April 2020: 16.8km; 53mins. Click above to view map and full description.

It is an undulating ride, challenging in places with its sharp uphill’s and steep downhills. The rewards are the beautiful views and profusion of wildflowers.

Wetherby, Spofforth, North Deighton & Kirk Deighton

26 April 2020: 12.1km; 38mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Cowthorpe, Tockwith, Rudgate & Walton

26 April 2020: 21.4km; 1hr 7mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Wattle Syke, Clifford & Thorp Arch

26 April 2020: 15.1km; 47mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby Freemans Way, Wattle Syke, Clifford, Bramham, Windmill Hill, Clifford & Boston Spa

23 May 2021: 15.8km; 49mins.   Click above to view map and full description.

A circular ride with lovely views and a couple of climbs.

Wetherby, Kirk Deighton, North Deighton, Spofforth & Little Ribston

26 April 2020: 12.4km; 39mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Wetherby, Hunsingore, Cattal & Cowthorpe

23 April 2020: 14.7km; 46mins. Click above to view map and full description.

A pleasant ride on cycle paths and minor roads which may be explored in either direction depending on the prevailing wind. Wildflowers and pretty views abound.

Wetherby, Spofforth, Follifoot, Rudding Park Golf Club, Haggs Road & Spofforth

22 May 2021: 22.2km; 1hr 10mins. Click above to view map and full description.

An undulating ride, mainly uphill from Spofforth going out and mainly downhill on return.

Wetherby, Walshford, Rabbit Hill and return

23 May 2021: 24.5km; 1hr 17 mins. Click above to view map and full description.

Good for a time trial straight up the A168 and back.  Café at Rabbit Hill - check opening times.

Wetherby, Cowthorpe, Cattal, Kirk Hammerton, Green Hammerton, Whixley & Walshford

23 May 2021: 25.8km; 1hr 21mins.  Click above to view map and full description.

A lovely ride including several pretty Yorkshire villages, manned railway crossings x2 and a café stop at Tancred Farm.

Wetherby Freeman's Way, Walton Cycle Path, Walton, Hyde Park Road, Rudgate & Thorp Arch

23 May 2021: 13.4km; 42mins. Click above to view map and full description.

A lovely circular ride on cycle paths, and minor and estate roads.  Many wild flowers and interesting history.

Wetherby Linton Road Car Park, Spofforth, Little Ribston, Cowthorpe, Rudgate & Walton

23 May 2021: 27.5km; 1hr 26mins. Click above to view map and full description.

A circular ride incorporating a play park at Spofforth and a Nature Reserve at Cowthorpe, both good picnic spots.  Undulating with two little steep climbs.

Goosemoor Nature Reserve

15 April 2020: This lovely little ‘there and back’ ride starts at any point convenient to your home, so the mileage will depend on your start point.  However, a rough return distance from Wetherby is about 7 miles. Nothing strenuous.

From Deighton Road in Wetherby, follow the A168 cycle path out of the town going north towards Ox Close Lane. Turn left just before the flyover bridge and take the road to Cowthorpe. Over the A168, then over the A1(M) bridges and continue towards the village.  As you get into the village and before the telephone box, look out for War Field Lane on your right. It has a dead-end sign at the entrance, but it does lead to houses new and old.  Take this lane and follow it.  Further along on the left-hand side is Goosemoor Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife, birds, ducks and insects. A delightful place and looked after by volunteers.  It has a picnic area, seats and bird hides.

Return by the same route, taking the slip road before the second bridge on your left to join the A168 and head south for Wetherby.  You can cycle nearly all the way to the Deighton Road roundabout by keeping to the hard shoulder on the left.

A Spring Ride to Spofforth from Wetherby

15 April 2020: Start Linton Road, Old Station Car Park; 7 miles circular.

Leaving the Old Station Car Park at Linton Road in Wetherby, head towards the road bridge and go under, taking the left fork.  Follow the Harland Way all the way to Spofforth.  As you exit the cycle path, you will see between two rows of houses, the entrance to Ginny Green Holes Playground with sculptures, a nature trail and picnic area.

Pick up the road again, East Park Road, and head towards the junction with the A661 between Wetherby and Harrogate - this can be a busy road so take care.  Cross over and turn right into the village.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.  Just before the church, take the left turn into Chapel Lane.  There is a bench beside the church next to the Spofforth Mounting Stone.  When you arrive at the village green, turn right and follow this road, Canby Lane, into Clive Road all the way until it joins the Follifoot Road.  On the left, you’ll find the Spofforth Millennium Garden, another good picnic spot.

Leave this garden and continue left around the corner.  Spofforth Castle is on your right, another good stopping place and great for running around and exploring.  Continue along this road until you reach the roundabout again, the village shop and Castle Inn on your right.  Go straight across and continue until you reach East Park Road on your left, turn left and then pick up the Harland Way cycle path once again.  Retrace your steps until you reach the junction where the Harland Way splits, take the right path and reach the Old Station Car Park once more.

If you wish, take the centre line between the two cycle ways which goes up an incline.  Take a right into the field just by the cycle path entrance and you’ll reach The Little Toe bike track where there are log benches to sit on.

Sunny Day Ride

15 April 2020: Wetherby, Spofforth, Little Ribston, A168 cycle path, Wetherby.  Approximately 10 miles.  A pleasant country lane ride with one serious uphill, but worth the effort.  Lots of wildflowers along the way and Spofforth Village Shop to pick up supplies.

Leave from Old Station Car Park on Linton Road in Wetherby and head up to Spofforth on the Harland Way.  Lots of people about so take care and ring your bell.  At the end of the cycle path, join East Park Road and go on up to the junction with the A661.  Turn right and at the roundabout, turn right and set off across Crimple Beck on the A661.  As the main road turns left, go straight ahead with care, up the steep hill towards Little Ribston.  Once on top of the hill, it is pretty much downhill all the way.  It is such a quiet road with lovely views.  At the T-junction in Little Ribston, go right and follow the road through the village and out the other side past the entrance to Ribston Hall.  The road rises gently and at the sign for Cowthorpe, turn left.  Follow the road downhill alongside the wood until you near the bridge going over the A168.  Turn right and either pick up the cycle path back to Wetherby or turn right at the junction with the road to head back towards Wetherby.  You can cycle pretty much all the way to the roundabout on the hard shoulder if you don’t fancy the road.  At the roundabout, take the third exit to get back into Wetherby.

Wetherby, Boston Spa & Newton Kyme Viaduct Ride

15 April 2020: There are picnic spots and little playgrounds on this ride, and you can also stop on the viaduct and enjoy the river.  It’s about 8 miles and as is circular in nature, so you can join it at any point convenient to your home.

Leave from Freeman’s Way cycle shelter under the A1 bridge and head along the cycle path to Walton Gates.  Cross carefully and rather than continuing along the cycle path, take the minor road ahead of you down Woods Lane.  This lovely country lane winds its way past hedges on either side, a small copse on the right and continues slowly heading downhill towards Thorp Arch village.

Cross the river bridge over the Wharfe and get into gear for the uphill into Boston Spa village.  Take your time and see if you can continue to cycle up to the junction. Well done!

The roads are reasonably quiet and currently, Bar Lane is closed to traffic by fly tipping but still take care as you go left at the T-junction and continue along the High Street.  Enjoy the beautiful old buildings on your left and right.  Boston Spa village was established in 1744 when John Shires discovered a sulphur spring in the magnesium limestone. It was known as Thorp Spa, but declined when Harrogate became very popular as a spa town.  It was not until the mid 19th century that it became Boston Spa.

Continue until you reach the new Redrow estate on your left at Newton Kyme, on the site of the old Paper Mill.  Just after the estate, take a left tarmac path with bollards barring the way to traffic.  You are now on your way to the new viaduct link to Thorp Arch Estate.  Just follow this path all the way, over the magnificently restored viaduct over the Wharfe and enjoy the swirl of the river underneath as it changes direction. On the viaduct, look to your right and just as the river disappears around to the right, you can see where the probable original crossing point of the river was, St Mary’s Ford, not far from the Church of St Mary’s in Tadcaster.

Continue on through the Thorp Arch Estate which was constructed during the Second World War as an Ordnance Factory.  It was completed in 1942 and opened by King George and Queen Elizabeth.  At its height, it employed 10,000 people working on three shifts throughout the 24 hrs and had its own railway network off the mainline.  If you’re interested to know more, please use the contact form at the bottom of the Cycling page.

Make your way all the way back to Wetherby.

Enjoy your cycling!