National Cycle Route 66

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 66 is a Sustrans National Route that runs from Kingston upon Hull to Manchester via Beverley, York and Leeds.

Between Pocklington and York it forms part of the Way of the Roses challenge route. In 1998 the section of route 66 between Hull and York was branded The White Rose cycle route.[1] This branding is no longer in use.


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Hudson Way near Beverley

Hull to York

NCN Route 66 Beverley-York
Map of the National Cycle Network Route 66 between Beverley and York

The route leaves Hull via its Northern suburbs. Between Cottingham and passing Beverley Minster, it coincides with National Cycle Route 1, via the A164 and A1035 roads to the villages of Cherry Burton and Etton. Beyond Etton Route 1 departs to the north, and Route 66 runs along minor roads parallel to the Hudson Way, a rail trail along the former York to Beverley Line. The route heads generally westwards, passing south of Goodmanham (where it is crossed by the Yorkshire Wolds Way) and then through the centre of Market Weighton. The Hull to Market Wieghton section is 23.5 miles (37.8 km) long.[2]

From Market Weighton, Route 66 takes a more northerly turn and follows minor roads to Pocklington via Londesborough and Burnby. Beyond Pocklington it heads northwest to Stamford Bridge, where it crosses the River Derwent (and the Minster Way, which also connects Beverley and York) via the disused railway viaduct. It then heads southwest along an off-road route to Dunnington and thence to Murton, home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming on the outskirts of York. At Osbaldwick the route briefly follows the line of the former Derwent Valley Light Railway towards the city centre. At a junction with Route 658 (53°57′35″N 1°03′04″W / 53.9597°N 1.0511°W) the route heads through the southern suburbs of the city, passing through the campus of York University to cross the River Ouse via the Millennium Bridge. The section between Market Weighton and York is 27 miles (43 km) long.[3]

The section of Route 66 between Pocklington (53°55′51″N 0°46′33″W / 53.9309°N 0.7758°W) and York (53°57′35″N 1°03′04″W / 53.9597°N 1.0511°W) is part of the Way of the Roses challenge ride.

York to Leeds

Route 66 between York and Leeds is still under development. From York's Millennium Bridge it follows the off-road York-Selby cycle path, which is part of Route 65. It separates from Route 65 at Bishopthorpe and takes country lanes for 9.5 miles (15.3 km) to Tadcaster.[4] As of Summer 2017 this section was unsigned.

The route between Tadcaster and Bramham has yet to be determined.[5]

Running south from Bramham parallel to the A1(M) to Aberford, the route then takes an off-road track, through the Parlington estate to Garforth and hence on and off-road sections through Temple Newsam and into Leeds via the River Aire towpath. Bramham to Leeds is 17 miles (27 km) long.[6]

Leeds to Manchester

From Leeds, the route follows the Leeds-Liverpool canal[7] out of West Leeds and up to Shipley. At Shipley, the canal continues as National Cycle Route 696. The route goes south from Shipley towards Bradford city centre on a mainly off-road route. Major improvements to this section of the route were constructed in 2018[8]. From Bradford City Park, the route goes towards Bowling Park via the Big Red Bridge[9] and up to Bierley and passes beneath the M606 to Low Moor. At Low Moor, the route joins the off-road Spen Valley Greenway[10] - following a former railway trackbed to Dewsbury. The route is broken from Dewsbury to Brighouse. At Brighouse, the route follows the Calder and Hebble Navigation to Sowerby Bridge, then there is a mixed off-road from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester closely following the Rochdale canal through Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Littleborough and Rochdale.


  1. ^ Peace, Richard (2000). The ultimate white rose cycle route guide. Wakefield: Excellent Books. ISBN 9781901464085.
  2. ^ Peace, Richard (2000). The ultimate white rose cycle route guide. Wakefield: Excellent Books. p. 42. ISBN 9781901464085.
  3. ^ Peace, Richard (2000). The ultimate white rose cycle route guide. Wakefield: Excellent Books. p. 52. ISBN 9781901464085.
  4. ^ West Yorkshire Cycle Routes Map. Sustrans. 1 July 2012. ISBN 978-1901389852.
  5. ^ "Route 66". Sustrans. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  6. ^ West Yorkshire Cycle Routes Map. Sustrans. 1 July 2012. ISBN 978-1901389852.
  7. ^ "Aire Valley Towpath". GPS Cycle and Walking Routes. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  8. ^ "City Connect Canal Road Corridor Cycleway, Bradford". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Bradford City Park to Bowling Park, Slow Tour of Yorkshire" (PDF). Sustrans. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Spen Valley Greenway" (PDF). Sustrans. Sustrans. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
Cycling in Manchester

Cycling for transportation and leisure enjoys popularity in Manchester and the city also plays a major role in British cycle racing. The University of Manchester is home to the Manchester Cycling Lab.Since 2014, Manchester has been upgrading many key thoroughfares into the city centre to include dedicated cycle lanes which are segregated from buses including Oxford Road. The city also has a cycle sharing scheme of 1,000 bicycles delivered in collaboration with Mobike which were introduced in June 2017, but suspended in September 2018 due to vandalism.


Derwenthorpe is a housing development situated approximately 2 miles to the east of York city centre which is adjacent to Osbaldwick, Tang Hall and Meadlands. The design and planning for this new estate was undertaken by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) and the building contract for all 4 build phases has been awarded to Barratt Developments (under the brand name "David Wilson Homes").The original name of "New Osbaldwick" was dropped in favour of "Derwenthorpe" in 2004 in reference to the Derwent Valley Light Railway that used to run through the site.

Heckmondwike Spen railway station

Heckmondwike Spen was a railway station opened by the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England. The station was one of two in the town of Heckmondwike, the other being Heckmondwike Central which was opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (L&Y) (though at the time of the LNWR station being opened, local people referred to the L&Y station as Heckmondwike Old). Both stations have been closed and the lines they served have closed too although the formations that they occupied have both been converted into greenways.

Low Moor railway station

Low Moor railway station serves the villages of Low Moor and Oakenshaw in the south of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The station is situated on the Calder Valley Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax.

The present station at Low Moor was opened on 2 April 2017. One train per hour serves the station in both directions, and there are also four direct Grand Central services to London King's Cross each day.

Station facilities include 128 car parking spaces, CCTV, accessible platforms, waiting shelters, passenger information displays and public address system.

National Cycle Route 658

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 658 is a Sustrans Regional Route. It is 2 miles long. It provides a connection between Route 65 and Route 66 through York city centre. The full length of the route is part of the Way of the Roses. It is fully signed and open.


Osbaldwick is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of the City of York in North Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish as taken at the Census 2011 was 2,902. It has been in existence since at least the 11th century, and was declared a conservation area in 1978. It is the burial place of the nun Mary Ward.

Pennine Cycleway

The Pennine Cycleway is a Sustrans-sponsored route in the Pennines range in northern England, an area often called the "backbone of England". The route passes through the counties of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland. It is part of the National Cycle Network (NCN). Sustrans founder John Grimshaw calls it 'the best National Cycle Network route of the lot'.The majority of the route follows NCN 68. It also makes use of several other NCN routes including 6, 54, 62, 70, 7, 72 and 1.

It has a total length of about 327 miles (526 km). The route was opened in stages in 2002–03.

River Spen

The River Spen, known colloquially as Spen Beck, is a river in the county of West Yorkshire, England and is a tributary of the River Calder. It rises north of Cleckheaton, runs through Liversedge and flows into the River Calder, West Yorkshire south of Dewsbury at Ravensthorpe. The average rainfall for the river valley is between 600-1000mm per annum. Combined with the steep narrow river channel, this makes the Spen susceptible to regular flooding.

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