Upper Nidderdale
Upper Nidderdale

HDCA member Malcolm Margolis BEM and retired Regional Director of Sustrans David Hall have been working for two years on a Sustrans project to extend the Nidderdale Greenway from Ripley to Pateley Bridge and on to Scarhouse Reservoir at the top of the Dale.

This would create a Nidderdale Greenway 27 miles long, which would be a great asset to Harrogate District.

Malcolm and David have met fifty landowners and stakeholders along the proposed route, which follows the disused railway line or existing rights of way wherever possible. Their findings were incorporated into a 39-page report produced by Sustrans last year, showing draft proposals for a route.

Draft Nidderdale Greenway extension route
Draft Nidderdale Greenway extension route

The report was sent to Nidderdale Parish Councils in December, and has since been shared with stakeholders, though it is not yet public.

Progress has been affected by the pandemic, but the hope is that with support from local councils, as well as Nidderdale residents and organisations, a steering group will soon be formed to take the project forward.

Would you like to see the Greenway extended to Pateley Bridge and beyond? Let us know in the comments.

Nidderdale Greenway Extension

5 thoughts on “Nidderdale Greenway Extension

  • May 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Yes – that would be absolutely amazing. Even better if you could bypass Ripley along the original route. The old roman road to the bluebell woods can get a tad busy with pedestrians especially on the weekend.

    • May 3, 2021 at 6:58 am

      I totally agree. I’m local but have never dared cycle along the busy and narrow B6165, so a traffic free (& less hilly) route to Pateley would be fantastic. Bypassing Ripley is also a very good idea. Thanks to Malcolm and David for all your efforts.

  • May 1, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    An extension of the Greenway from Ripley to Angram would/will be a major economic, health and social benefit for residents and visitors to lower and upper Nidderdale. I can picture our families enjoying a beautiful, easy and healthy traffic free ride along the river side from Harrogate to Pateley and then the more challenging route to Scar House and Angram. As I cycle in Nidderdale many people have said how they would love to commute by bike to Harrogate and a purpose built cycle way would be brilliant. Let’s pull together and make the Greenway extension happen. Thank you Malcolm and David

  • May 4, 2021 at 10:54 am

    This would be an excellent development. We regularly use the Harrogate to Ripley section and the ability to take this whole route to Pateley and beyond would be fantastic. Also at 27 miles long this becomes a real draw for visitors to the area, including a wider range of cyclists who want to have a part of whole day ride. It would be a ‘destination’ ride. Having visited a similar length off road/quiet roads route in Cornwall last year (Camel Trail – Padstow) it creates economic benefits along the route, increasing visitors to key points and encouraging people to get out of cars to explore lesser known spots. Happy to support in whatever ways we can.

  • May 8, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Wonderful idea and good progress- and I agree with comments about a cycle route generating business opportunities along the route – cafes, B&Bs etc. This needs to be stressed to landowners and Councils at all times.

    I would favour the priority being the stretch to link Ripley with Pateley Bridge as after that the roads become a lot quieter, and somewhat flatter, anyway.

    Well done anyway, Peter

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