Bilton / Starbeck Cycle LoopThis circular route uses traffic free cycle routes from Bilton down towards Harrogate town centre and then back up to Bilton from Starbeck. The route follows NCN route 67 as far as the Great Yorkshire Showground and then turns back north through Starbeck. The route crosses the Stray and includes attractive views of Crimple Valley.
Some care should be taken crossing Knaresborough Road in Starbeck and inexperienced cyclists may wish to dismount here and walk their bikes for a hundred yards or so until they reach First Avenue. This section of riding is relatively level however and this route utilises as much off road, quiet streets and cycle lanes as possible. In order to avoid the difficult climb at the Showground it is recommended to undertake this route in an anticlockwise direction.
Occasional sections of busy roads require care to be taken.