Getting Around The Local Area By Bike

Depending on how confident and fit a cyclist you are, there are a range of destinations that can be accessed by bike from The Point and The Avenue.

To help support cyclists, Leeds has an extensive and ever-expanding cycle network, with off-street and recommended on-street cycle routes, some of which pass close to Thorpe Park, Leeds.

Manston Lane, Smeaton Approach, Pendas Way and Austhorpe Lane are all local recommended cycle routes. Slightly beyond these, the Leeds Core Cycle network runs from Garforth to the city centre through Colton and provides a mainly off-road link into Leeds. There are also new cycle lanes along the new road into Thorpe Park Leeds, for those heading that way for work, leisure or a bit of shopping.

Route 66 of the National Cycle Network runs close to the site and provides a number of traffic-free stretches of cycling on canal towpaths and disused railways.

Colton Retail Park, which sits to the south of Thorpe Park, can be reached in just 7-minutes by bike.  Cross Gates train station is only a 10-minute cycle and has many cycle storage facilities available.  Alternatively, for those willing to travel a little further, Garforth train station is a 17-minute cycle and Leeds train station will take you around 30 minutes to cycle to. 

Planning a Journey by Bike

If you are unfamiliar with the local area and looking to plan a route by bike, an online route planner can be a really useful tool to use. You can enter your journey start point and end point and the route planner will display a number of route options on a handy map. Alongside easy to follow directions it will tell you how far the journey is, how long it will take, and even how hilly it is.

The West Yorkshire Interactive Cycle Map shows Leeds comprehensive network of cycle routes but when used in combination with the City Connect Journey Planner also allows you to plan your journey from A to B. Simply enter your start and finish points and away you go!

In addition to online route planners, there are also a range of cycle maps available – check out our useful guides and resources for cycling in Leeds.

Why cycle?

Cycling is rapidly growing in popularity, and through the CV19 pandemic has for many people become an essential travel option. Cycling has always, however, been a great way to travel around for those able to do so. It offers many personal benefits, such as improved health and cost savings. It also offers significant benefit to the environment and local community, helping to take cars off the road, reducing pollution and reducing congestion.

Cycling can also be a great choice for commuting. If you’re new to cycling or aren’t really sure where to starting with your cycle-commute then check out some of our other guidance on buying a commuter bike, commuting by bike whatever the weather and the benefits of choosing to travel actively.