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Harewood to Scarcroft and Otley Loop Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameHarewood to Scarcroft and Otley Loop
Distance : miles (km)44.59  (71.76)
Posted ByMitch of Monk Fryston
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionWest Yorkshire
Start LocationHarrogate Road (A61), Harewood
End LocationHarrogate Road (A61), Harewood
Cycle Steps
This is a road route, mainly on country roads, but with small sections of A and B road, with some climbs and descents, that goes through the villages and towns of North Leeds.
There are a couple of moderater climbs, out into Kiby Overblow and out of Collingham. A very fast steep descent into Otley, then on the way out of Otley the road takes a very steep climb up to Lindley Reservoir. Then the road takes an even steeper climb at the other side of the Reservoir.
Head north on the A61, heading towards Harrogate. Turn right, off the A61
and onto Swindon Lane, heading for Kirkby Overblow.
Follow Swindon Lane through Kirkby Overblow and round to the right where it becomes Barrowby Lane and Kirkby Lane. Continue to follow Kirkby Lane as it turns sharply left towards Sicklinghall.
Go through Sicklinghall on Main Street and out the other side on Wetherby Road. Follow Wetherby Road as it becomes Sicklinghall Road and continue until the turn off to the right, onto Northgate Lane, heading for Linton.
In Linton, follow Main Street, then head across the river, on Linton Road, heading towards Collingham. follow this to the A659 junction in Collingham.
In Collingham, turn left onto Harewood Road, A659, and follow the A659/A58 towards Wetherby.
Turn right, off the A659/A58 onto Jewitt Lane, heading towards Compton. Follow Jewitt Lane until it crosses Compton Lane, then follow the road to the Bramham Lane junction. Turn left onto Bramham Lane and then right off again. Follow this to the Holme Farm Lane junction. Turn right onto Holme Farm Lane, heading away from Wothersome.
Past the farm buildings, take the left turn onto Milner Lane, heading towards Thorner. Before Thorner, swing right, off Milner Lane onto Thorner Lane, and follow this towards Scarcroft.
Go across the A58, Wetherby Road and onto Syke Lane, taking you across the golf course and round the top off Scarcroft. At the Bay Horse Lane crossroads go straight across onto Tarn Lane and follow this to the Wike Ridge Lane T junction.
Turn left onto Wike Ridge Lane and go into the outskirts of Leeds, turning right onto Wigton Lane. Follow this to the A61, Harrogate Road crossroads.
Go straight across the A61, onto Alwoodley Lane, and follow this till the T junction at King Lane.
Turn right onto King Lane and follow this till the Arthington Road T junction. Turn right onto Arthington Road, heading past Golden Acre Park. Take the first left onto King's Lane and follow this past the quarry towards Bramhope. At the A660, Leeds Road roundabout, turn right. Follow the A660 through Bramhope.
At the end of Bramhope, turn left, off the A660 onto Church Hill, and follow this to the island junction. Turn right onto Old Lane, heading for Old Bramhope, and follow to the A658, Harrogate Road junction. Turn right and immediately left, remaining on Old Lane, and follow this towards Otley. At the T junction turn right onto East Chevin Road and follow this as it crosses the A660 into Otley.
In Otley, go straight onto the B6451, Gay Lane, and follow the B6451 through Otley until it goes over the river on Bridge Street. Once over the river the B6451 turn right onto Farnley Lane. Follow the B6451 through Farnley and past Lindley Wood Reservoir and on to Lindley.
Turn right, off the B6451 and follow the country lanes to the right to head down the other side of the Reservoir. At the first T junction go left and then take the first right. Follow this till the T junction at Pill White Lane, where you turn right. Follow Pill White Lane to the Cider Lane T junction and turn left. Follow Cider Lane to the B6161, Leathley Lane T junction.
Turn right onto the B6161, heading towards Leathley. Before reaching Leathley, turn left, off the B6161 onto Stainburn Lane. Follow this to Stainburn.
Go through Stainburn onto Low Lane and follow the road heading towards Huby. On the outskirts of Huby, turn right onto The Sleights. Follow this and swing left onto Gravelly Hill Lane. Follow this till the A658, Harrogate Road T junction.
Turn right onto the A658, then take the first left off again, onto Castley Lane. Again take the first left turn off onto Wescoe Hill Lane, heading for Weeton. Follow the road through Weeton and out on Weeton Lane, heading for Harewood. Follow the road until you come to the A61, Harrogate Road T junction. Turn right and head back to the start point.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Chevin Cycles in Otley, as well as a great greasy spoon cafe by the bridge over the River Wharfe.

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