Slingsby Walk, Harrogate
Slingsby Walk, Harrogate

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Routes in Stray ward

Cycle routes in this ward:

  • South Drive/St James’s Drive/Stray Rein, from the A61 St Georges roundabout to York Place/South Park Road
  • Slingsby Walk
  • Oatlands Drive (important for St Aidan’s and St John Fisher schools)

8 thoughts on “Stray

  • 25 February 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Why are cars given priority at the traffic lights at the Empress roundabout? I walk across the Stray into town and I regularly have to wait 30 seconds for a red light. That’s a frustrating time to wait (often in the wind, rain, wet), when I have been striding out (healthily) across the Stray. Stop! Ah, make way for the car! So, on I go with my journey, to the next traffic light crossing. Ah yes, that’s the Conservative HQ. Not long to wait there.

    • 25 February 2020 at 5:39 pm

      I agree and I think in Harrogate generally people on foot are asked to wait too long at pedestrian crossings. There’s no reason why lights shouldn’t change straight away for pedestrians (unless someone has just crossed).

  • 28 February 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I walked into town today, stood at Empress roundabout at the lights. I waited on this exposed corner, for 30 seconds, in the wind and sleet with cars spraying me with water. Another reason why these lights should be pedestrian focussed. I continued my walk into town and crossing a road coming from the left, was abused by a driver coming towards me, who wanted to turn right. Despite my having the right of way, I got two-fingered abuse.

  • 12 May 2020 at 9:04 am

    Please see this comment about cycling on Wetherby Road via the HDCA Facebook page:
    It says that Wetherby Road is important for school and the hospital but the pavement is narrow with lots of side roads so pavement cycling is not practical. Riding on the road with a child, when there are lots of big lorries and buses, isn’t safe, and it’s hard to find a break in the traffic to move to the centre of the road to turn right.

  • 22 May 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Where Slingsby Walk meets Stray Rein, it’s ‘no cycling’ straight ahead, so you have to go left (St James’s Drive) or right (Stray Rein) – but you may not want to.

    It makes sense to have a ‘straight on’ option. There’s an unused bridge over the railway a short distance up Stray Rein. Make a path for bikes over the railway bridge and across the Stray to the Prince of Wales roundabout.

  • 12 October 2020 at 11:15 am

    I think we need to move the Council and the Stray lovers into modern day. We have the Stray which is as I understand it for all our benefits. We have limited recreational ( cycling/running/ exercising) opportunities around the Stray, we have a town that wants to exercise, lets give them something, not just a grassland that yields nothing in terms of facility and wellbeing. I remember 10’s of football matches being played on the Stray years ago on Saturday and Sunday afternoons , We don’t even have that now ! The weather in Harrogate makes the Stray pretty user unfriendly and things such as running on the Stray pretty impossible for at least 7 months of the year, makes cycling virtually impossible all year round apart from a few dedicated cycle paths and no exercise areas at all. I am born and bred Harrogate but have lived in many countries of the world and seen the great benefits that such dedicated paths/ areas can provide to a community. The town has to come into the modern day, and not live in the 19th Century and be so precious about the use of the Stray. A hard/tartan or similar weather resistant circuit round the Slingsby Walk/Wetherby Road/Knaresborough Road/Granby / Devonshire Place/Park Parade,York Place/ West Park Stray perimeters would be fantastic for all.. cyclists/ runners /walkers .. aesthetically, it could be easily disguised. We need it, particularly in these difficult times..i’m sure the cost could be raised by sponsorship ..plenty of companies in the town would love
    I’m sure to be associated with such a facility.

  • 23 July 2022 at 9:28 am

    Perfect opportunity to encourage cycling here. All footpaths on the Stray should be widened to accommodate bikes and walkers. 10 mph speed limit signs and sound your horn signs on all routes. Where footpaths meet major roads, a crossing should be installed where there isn’t one – Oatlands Drive, Wetherby Road, Knaresborough Road. I agree with other commenters that the priority at these crossings should be for walkers and cyclists – the wait at the Empress roundabout crossing is totally unnecessary, the green man should appear immediately you press the button. This would not impact car traffic flow and would stop people from risking their lives on a game of frogger when they get fed up with waiting.

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