Our links page features organisations helping with the Ryburn Valley Greenway Project and those providing information of interest to potential users of the Greenway.
Sustrans say of themselves: “We’re a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. By 2020 we want 4 out of 5 local journeys to be made by bike, foot or public transport. That’s double the current figure. It’s a big challenge, but with your help we know we can do it.” Currently involved in the feasibility study for the Ryburn Valley Greenway Project. Search for Sustrans Routes
A Selection of Local Sustrans’ Routes
- Spen Valley Greenway
The Spen Valley Greenway uses a disused railway line running near the River Spen between the towns of Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike. A good local example of a former railway line that has been given a new lease of life as a Greenway, where cyclists, walker and equestrians share the route. Download Leaflet
- Route 66 (including Calder Valley Greenway)
National Cycle Route 66 runs from central Manchester to Spurn Head via Bradford, Leeds, York, Beverley, and Kingston upon Hull and includes the Calder-Valley Greeway, between Hebden Bridge and Brighouse, which is largely based on the Rochdale canal and connecting pathways.
- Penistone to Dunford Bridge (part of the Trans-Pennine Trail)
This beautiful, traffic-free ride takes you from the busy market town of Penistone to the rolling moors of the Peak District at Dunford Bridge. Fully surfaced, and so ideal for children, the path follows the route of the old Great Central Railway, winding through glorious countryside, with stunning views across the valley, and a wealth of wild flowers.
- York to Selby Cycle Path
Running south from the walled, historic city of York this great cycle route takes you on a mainly traffic free path through the Vale of York to Riccall and then onwards to Selby. The route uses the trackbed of the old East Coast Mainline railway, which was bought by Sustrans for £1 and turned into one of its very first traffic free paths. A scale model of the solar system adds hugely to the interest and educational value of this route at the York end.
Other Cycling Links
- www.cyclecalderdale.co.uk/ – Guide to cycling in and around Calderdale and including the Ryburn valley – dozens of routes.
- Tour de Yorkshire – three days of top Road Racing in early May, the most tangible legacy of the Tour de France’s visit to the area in 2014. The race passes through Ripponden.
- British Cycling – governing body of cycling and run the GB cycling team.
- Pedalsport Cycling Club – largest local cycling club with over 200 members. Run weekly sessions for children and adults.
- Brooksbank Cycle Circuit – 750m tarmac cycle circuit close to Elland, available for hire and group bookings all year round.