Harland Way Cycle/Walking Path

The Harland Way is a cycle and walking route named after the late former Lion President, Peter Harland. 

The route lies between Spofforth and Wetherby but also extends on to Thorpe Arch. The Harland Way is maintained by Leeds City Council, Harrogate Borough Council, the Wetherby to Thorp Arch Railway Path Forum, and the Thorp Arch Estate and Retail Park.​ It was converted from a railway trackbed to a path in 1992, and was extended into the former railway triangle in Wetherby by the local Lions Club.

The surface for most of the way from Spofforth to Wetherby is compacted gravel, and is not suitable for pure road bikes. Any bike with more robust tyres, including a hybrid, can be cycled along the Harland Way. Before Wetherby, the surface changes to tarmac.​

The Harland Way starts from East Park Road, just off Spofforth High Street. It's a housing estate, with street parking and the nearby Ginny Greenholes environmental play scheme playground. Alternatively, if you're parking in Spofforth, there are spaces on Castle Street, in sight of Spofforth Castle ruins. As it's a on the trackbed of the former railway line, the Harland Way is flat, straight and goes through farmland and woods.


path through trees

gate at start of path