North Yorkshire County Council is due to improve transport infrastructure in the West of Harrogate.  These improvements include a new off-road cycle route along Otley Road.  The proposed cycle route intends to use some existing verges and footpaths between Cold Bath Road and Beech Grove, which are designated as Stray land.

Harrogate Borough Council is currently undertaking a public consultation which will run until 9th November and will be followed by the necessary legal procedures.

The online questionnaire and further information about the consultation and project is available at:

The questionnaire seeks residents’ views on two areas that are needed in order to enable NYCC to use the Stray land for the creation of the proposed off-road cycle route.

  1. The Stray Act requires that any land that is used must be exchanged for land that is equivalent in size, no more than 100 metres from the Stray and is ‘equally advantageous’ to residents of the borough.  Therefore, we are asking views on three options for exchange land. The three options are: land at Wetherby Road (rear of the hospital), St James Drive verges and Arthurs Avenue verges.
  2. The existing Stray Byelaws prohibit cycling on the majority of Stray footpaths and grass.  Therefore we are also asking views on amending the plan annexed to the Stray Byelaws to permit cycling on the proposed cycle route.

The Stray Byelaws will also be updated to be consistent with the model byelaws at the request of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.

Comments on these proposals can be shared online at: by Monday 9 November. Further information about the project is available at:

Further information about the west of Harrogate sustainable transport scheme can be found on North Yorkshire County Council’s website at: