Yorkshire Showground Greenway, Harrogate
Yorkshire Showground Greenway

This page is for ideas about the Hookstone ward. Comments are open to supporters who are logged in. Find Harrogate Hookstone on the map of Harrogate District wards.

Key cycle routes in Hookstone ward include:

  • Hookstone Drive, Hookstone Chase, & Forest Moor Road
  • most of the Yorkshire Showground Greenway
  • the continuation of the Showground Greenway through Stonefall Park to Plompton Park
  • NCN route 67 from the Yorkshire Showground to Crimple Lane & Rudding Lane (towards Follifoot, Spofforth, & the Harland Way

King of the road, but not of the junction

Sainsburys Junction, Wetherby Road, Harrogate
Sainsburys Junction, Wetherby Road, Harrogate

One of our supporters has written an excellent blog post about the difficulties of negotiating the Sainsbury’s junction on Wetherby Road on a bike, and why provision should be made for bikes here.

Read the post, and if you’d like to write your own post about a cycling issue in Harrogate District, get in touch.

5 thoughts on “Hookstone

  • 22 May 2020 at 3:16 pm


    My big issue is the link between Stonefall Park and Railway Road, which crossed Wetherby Road at the Sainsbury’s entrance.

    There’s a few reasons for this:
    a) there’s no designated crossing point at the traffic lights to stop traffic and you kind of have to know how the traffic flow works there to understand it (you have to know the car traffic lights and the ordering);

    b) you have to navigate the incoming and outgoing traffic for the recycling centre, and there’s no cycle path available for you to do that and a couple of blind corners for cars – it’s a busy junction on a weekend with cars queued too;

    c) when you’re approaching the Wetherby Road junction along Railway Road, you have to cross both lanes of traffic, including the oncoming traffic, in order to safely cross the junction, or dismount onto the pedestrian path at the junction itself where there is no room to do so (which is dangerous and creates a hazard).

    Improvements required!

    I’d be happy to write this one up with a few photos for a full article on the issue if that would help. Let me know.

    Chris P.

  • 24 May 2020 at 1:28 pm

    There’s a good cycle route through Stonefall Park/Panhandle Park, but when it reaches Hookstone Chase it gives up and abandons people on bikes.

    The route should continue into Plumpton Park shopping area. It should be safe and convenient.

  • 23 July 2022 at 9:42 am

    Huge potential here.

    Half the problem with Harrogate is that it serves a vast rural area full of unforgiving hills. Population in surrounding areas is small and disparate so public transport is impractical, and the car is king. The real challenge is how to convince people to cycle into town. We need to get away from the assumption that cycle tracks have to shadow roads. Instead of building new roads, there are disused railways all over the UK that could make for a superb network of new cycle routes with very easy gradients linking outlying villages to nearby towns.

    I’d love to see a new cycle route from the Morrisons roundabout along to route of the old railway line to the Sainsbury’s junction on the Wetherby Road, continuing along past Fodder, over the old viaduct and coming out at Pannal by the Mercedes garage. A branch off, along another disused railway route to Spofforth would create an off-road route all the way to Wetherby. Look at the success of the Ripley Cycle way! Money spent on routes like this would do far more to encourage cycling and active travel than the Station Gateway project. I’m sure Crimple Hall, Fodder, Stockeld Park and the pubs at Spofforth would all see an increase in business if this were put in place.

    • 24 July 2022 at 8:31 am

      Hi Ian,

      I agree with your comments about using the old Leeds & Thirsk Railway route to link Starbeck to Pannal, and the York & North Midland line for a greenway from Harrogate to Spofforth.

      I don’t see that it’s necessary to choose between these routes and Station Gateway. Station Gateway is a different type of project, to make the town centre/bus station/train station accessible by bike and on foot to people who live in the surrounding residential areas.

      It is very much needed, otherwise people find cycling on busy roads too hostile.

      Why should people have to choose between a safe cycle route to Spofforth OR a safe cycle route to town? They shouldn’t – there should be both.

      • 24 July 2022 at 8:47 am

        It makes sense to enable people who live in the town of Harrogate to walk or cycle into the centre, as the 1st priority. Most trips by car are just a mile or two, and could easily be cycled.

        The percentages of those in outlying villages who cycle to Harrogate, and the absolute numbers, are always likely to lower. Of course they should have cycle paths, but we need to focus on the town itself as well – and Station Gateway makes a brilliant start on that.

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