Beryl Burton Cycleway
Travel from Knaresborough to the village of Old Bilton on this traffic free cycle path. It starts near the town centre and train station in Knaresborough and heads west through Foolish Wood to Old Bilton passing Bilton Hall Farm on the way. The route can be extended to nearby Harrogate along National Cycle Network Route 67. It's a quiet country lane with nice countryside views so it's also suitable for walkers.
You can extend your exercise by heading to the lovely Nidd Gorge. The walk takes you along the River Nidd through a lovely wooded gorge before crossing the Nidd Viaduct.
The Nidderdale Greenway runs past the viaduct so this is a good option for continuing your exercise. The traffic free path runs into Ripley along a dismantled railway line.
Beryl Burton Cycleway Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Beryl Burton Cycleway Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Beryl Burton Cycleway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Beryl Burton Cycleway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In the little village of Old Bilton you could stop for some refreshments at the Gardeners Arms. The classic old pub has some features like wainscotting, stone flags, and stone fireplaces still remaining. There's also a nice large garden area to sit out in when the weather is fine. You can find the pub on Bilton Lane with a postcode of HG1 4DH for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you have time we recommend exploring the splendid Knaresborough Castle. The 12th century castle sits in a fine location, next to the river, just south of the train station. For a fee you can explore the interior of the castle and visit the interesting museum which details the history of the castle. The grounds include pretty gardens, attractive lawns, a bowling green and a putting green are free to access. From the castle's elevated position there are also fine views over the surrounding area.