Harrogate Cycling for Pleasure
Harrogate's cycling club for people who
don't wear lycra! (and some who do)

Route 48 Burton Leonard and South Stainley (22 miles)

This ride uses generally very quiet roads and takes in South Stainley, a village not often visited by Wheel Easy!
Take Exit F and pick up the cycleway that skirts the Bilton Triangle. Turn R into Bilton Lane and pick up the Beryl Burton cycleway all the way to High Bridge, Knaresborough. Straight up through Bond End lights, follow Boroughbridge Road for short distance turning L into Scriven and on through Lingerfield, turning R for Farnham continuing through the village and up to the crossroads. ('Short' riders can return to Knaresborough from here).
Turn L and L again after a mile for Copgrove where another L will take you to Burton Leonard. Just short of the village turn L along a narrow road that drops down past a YWT nature reserve, taking care on the loose gravel surface, to a ford at the bottom. Cross by the footbridge and push the bike for 30 yards to a concrete road, straight up to a narrow tarmac road (Mountgarret Estate), turning R for a mile to a T junction. Another R here takes a gated road over a small bridge into South Stainley where the Red Lion may be open for refreshment.

Returning by the gated road, turn R just before the steep hill through open countryside, past a farm/cottages on the R and rejoin public roads, turning L to another T junction then R towards Nidd. In the village, turn R over the old railway and on for about a mile to join the A61 near Ripley. Best to cross over the main road and use the footpath on the far side for 1/2 mile finally crossing the B6165 to reach Ripley. Follow the Greenway back to Harrogate.
All rides are at your own risk. Please ensure that you have your own third party insurance (check your house insurance) and consider Cycling UK membership.