good rural routes in west yorkshire ?

by L55 MC   May 13, 2013  

Hi, Could anyone recommend a good rural road route with good smooth roads and quiet in the west yorkshire area.

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Not sure if it qualifies as West, but heading North out of Otley you can't go far wrong, Leathley Lane or Farnley Lane in particular is a great ride with some stunning scenery. Cross the A59 and you're spoilt for choice, depending on how far you're going. Memwith Hill area, loads of quiet roads round there. If you head West from there you can then cut south around Bolton Abbey, the road that runs through Ilkley golf course is popular and runs parallel to a main road so not much traffic. Then if you're heading back to Otley, Denton Road runs parallel to a more major road so it's nice a quite one, plus can stop in at the Black Horse in Askwith for a well-earned refreshment.
Can't really say much on the condition of the tarmac, much as you'd expect anywhere really: I'm sure there'll be some unpleasant patches mixed in with the good stuff.
Enjoy!

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posted by Richthornton [99 posts]
13th May 2013 - 18:29

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How far you going? I've got 2 great routes, 129 miles and 80 miles. If you want the GPX files you could always modify them to your liking?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3075 posts]
13th May 2013 - 18:35

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Thanks sound just the trick!. i have seen many cyclists around the Bolton abbey area always thought they must be some back routes that avoid the busy roads.

posted by L55 MC [19 posts]
13th May 2013 - 19:08

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Hi,The 80 miles sounds about right for me at the moment.Yes please for the GPX files. e-mail l.mcclusky@btinternet.com many thanks

posted by L55 MC [19 posts]
13th May 2013 - 19:11

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The Yorkshire Weaver Route this Sunday just gone was a blinder - some great climbs, quiet roads and immense descents. Routes are here: http://www.kilotogo.com/index.php?option=event_detail&event_id=67

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posted by YorkshireMike [68 posts]
15th May 2013 - 14:50

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Also, some wonderfully quiet roads above Hebden Bridge, Haworth and Todmorden.

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posted by YorkshireMike [68 posts]
15th May 2013 - 14:58

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L55 MC wrote:
Hi,The 80 miles sounds about right for me at the moment.Yes please for the GPX files. e-mail l.mcclusky@btinternet.com many thanks

Will do.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3075 posts]
15th May 2013 - 20:45

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I think Ripon is a little too far North for you but there might be some climbs close to you included in the rides for the Ripon Revolution.
3 GPX files can be downloaded from http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/cycling-weekly-ripon-revolution-...
HTH

posted by Marauder [239 posts]
16th May 2013 - 8:45

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