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Join the Cycling Community

cyclist on country lane

Are you one of the many cyclists, or family of cyclists, that have been using cycling as their form of exercise during the lockdown? Or perhaps you are using a bicycle as a safe socially-distanced way of getting about?

You are not alone! There is a whole community of cyclists out there who want to share their passion and enthusiasm of cycling, and are ready to offer advice and support.

You can meet up with them by joining our Facebook group, where you can share your ideas, and ask for tips to help you enjoy cycling more.

You will find a selection of rides on our Local Rides page, ranging from 3 to 15 miles.

Do you want to develop your riding skills? Would you like tips on teaching your children to ride? Our Online Tutorials page contains links to helpful videos, and is being constantly updated.

Once restrictions are lifted you can use the Facebook group to find a buddy to cycle with, or join one of the local CYCLING CLUBS listed on the right of our web page.

But a word of warning. Once you have caught the cycling bug it can be addictive!

Learn to Ride Courses 2020

  • When: Monday 6 April / Tuesday 7 April 2020 (Easter Holidays)
  • Where: Shibden Head Primary Academy
  • Who for: Any child over 3 from a Queensbury Primary School, who cannot ride without stabilisers.

  • How Long: Each session is 75 minutes long
  • How Much?: It’s FREE, thanks to Chris Armstrong of becycling
  • How to apply: An application form will be sent out from school during the week ending 8 March. If you do not receive a letter, please email and we will send you one.
  • For more information; visit the Learn to Ride page

Learn to Ride Courses in the Easter Holidays

  • When: Tuesday 23 April / Wednesday 24 April 2019 (Easter Holidays)
  • Where: Shibden Head Primary Academy
  • Who for: Any child over 3 from a Queensbury Primary School, who cannot ride without stabilisers.

  • How Long: Each session is 75 minutes long
  • How Much?: It’s FREE, thanks to a grant from Bradford Council’s Youth and Community Chest.
  • How to apply: An application form will be sent out from school during the week ending 8 March. If you do not receive a letter, please email and we will send you one.
  • For more information; visit the Learn to Ride page


Queensbury Cycling and Walking Improvements

Cycle Queensbury has been in discussion with Bradford Council and the following improvements are planned:

1.Great Northern Railway Trail Crossing at Cockin Lane
mprove the safety for trail users in crossing this busy road.

2. LInk from Old Guy Road to Brighouse/Denholme Road

mprove the surfacing of this path so that it is suitable for road bikes, enabling them to avoid the congested section through Mountain.

3. Signage to Great Northern Railway Trail at top of Station Road, and at Woodsley Fold.
rovide clear signage to the trail, at the top of Station Road, similar to the signage at the Thornton end.

4. Footpath linking Ashlar Grove to Deanstones Lane

Improve the surfacing of this footpath, enabling easier access to Deanstones Lane (and therefore Queensbury School, and the High Street.

5. Sowerheads / Footpaths around Harron Homes Estate
We also looked at existing footpaths around the Harron Homes estate, used by children to get to Queensbury School, Russell Hall, and Shibden Head – in particular Sowerheads (the path leading from the High Street, past the Cemetery, to Deanstones Lane. The Council’s Rights of Way Team have been given the task of seeing if these existing footpaths can be made more pedestrian/buggy friendly.

55 Children take free ‘Learn to Ride’ course during Easter Holidays

Despite the rain, wind and fog, 55 children aged 4 – 6 took part in a series of ‘Learn to Ride’ sessions run at Shibden Head Primary Academy over the Easter Holidays.

Well done to all the children, and their parents, who took part, and thanks to Emily Groves from Sustrans who ran the sessions, all the volunteers who helped out, and to Shibden Head Primary Academy who generously let us use their premises.

Cycle Queensbury AGM – Tuesday 18 October 7pm

family fun rides 2 2015

Cycle Queensbury is four years old! Cycling is now firmly on the map in Queensbury. What is Cycle Queensbury’s role now? Do we still need events such as the Family Fun Rides Day? They won’t happen without your support! Come along and celebrate what we’ve achieved, and help us decide the future. All welcome! Free supper (bread and soup)!

Date: Tuesday 18 October

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue (door next to Country Supplies Ltd. Use A644 Brighouse/Denholme Rd entrance opp. Tesco)


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Appointment of Officers
  5. Treasurer’s and Secretary’s Report, including:
    1. 2016 overview
    2. Tunnel Update
  6. Cycle Queensbury 2017 – Ideas session
  7. Any other business

Family Fun Rides Day Sunday 15 May – Map of Events

Site Map

There’s plenty on offer this year on the Family Fun Rides Day.

  • Walk or ride along the 1 3/4 mile length of the Great Northern Railway trail from Station Rd in Queensbury to Woodsley Fold in Thornton, with marshals at road crossings: –
    • Certificates for everyone who collects the Handstamps.
    • Entry into a Prize Draw for everyone who completes the Cluefind.
  • Regular Led Rides up quiet lanes to Keelham Farm Shop with a stop at the top for refreshments – a round trip of 3 1/4 miles.
    • A chance to win a Keelham Farm Shop Hamper for everyone who registers.
  • Don’t have a bike? Borrow a Loan Bike for free – or jump on the back of a Tandem.
  • Get yourself some food and a drink at the Scouts Food Stall.
  • Steam returns to the Queensbury Line! Take a ride on a Miniature Steam Train along the line between Queensbury station and the tunnel entrance.
  • Children – test your bike skills on the Kids Bike Course.
  • Get creative and artistic in the Children’s Activity Tent.
  • Pick up a drink at the Rotary Club Stall.
  • Jump on the Smoothie Maker bike at the Sustrans Stall, and get some bargain Bike accessories.
  • Sign your name and let us know how you feel on the Graffiti Board.


Sunday 15 May – Family Fun Rides Day

Family Fun Rides Day! Sunday 15 May 11am – 3pm

On the Great Northern Railway Trail – between Queensbury and Thornton.

For latest updates visit our Facebook page
or contact

Tour de Queensbury

  1. Explore the Great Northern Trail between Queensbury station (bottom of Station Road) and Woodsley Fold, over Thornton Viaduct.
  2. Join a led ride along quite lanes up to Keelham Farm Shop where refreshments await.
  3. Ride the Steam Train between Queensbury Station and Queensbury Tunnel
  4. Have a go on the Kids’ Off-Road course.

Map of GNRT

  • Hot and cold food
  • All crossing points marshalled for safety
  • Bikes available for loan
  • Face Painting and other Children’s activities
  • Prizes to be won!


Meetings and Programme for 2016

Monthly Meetings

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Half Way House pub (opposite Queensbury Victoria Halls) at 7pm. Next meetings are:
Tuesday 19 January 2016; Tuesday 16 February 2016; Tuesday 15 March 2016; Tuesday 19 April 2016.
All are welcome!

Planned Activities for 2016

FREE Basic Cycle Maintenance Session

Bike MaintenanceSaturday 13 February 2016 @ the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue.
Run by Barry of Firth Cycles, our local friendly bike shop.
Get ready for Spring! Come and practise on equipment provided by Barry.
12pm – 2.30pm including short break for lunch.
Food available at the vegetarian Plot cafe on site.

Family Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt 2 2015Thursday 31 March
10.00 am till 12 noon (provisional times)
Start and finish at the bottom of Station Road, Queensbury. On bikes, ready to set off at 10.00 am.
£1 entry fee – All children, with an adult, welcome. How many eggs will you find?
We will have a steady ride along the Trail with an Egg hunt along the way!
Further details from Helen 07842126022

FREE Easter ‘Learn to Ride’ Sessions

Tue 5 April &learn to ride Wed 6 April 2016
Ditch the Stablisers in an hour and a quarter! A series of sessions run at Shibden Head Primary Academy during the Easter Holidays.
Bookings will be organised via the local Primary Schools.

Family Fun Rides Day

Sunday 15 May 2016

family fun rides 2 201511am – 3pm
Ride the trail, or join a led ride up to Keelham Farm Shop.
A repeat of this very popular annual event on the Great Northern Railway trail.
Plans are already under way. Put the date in your diary!
Volunteers welcome!

York Cycle Rally

Sat 18 – Sun 19 June 2016

York Rally 2015

Join hundreds of cyclists camping on the Knavesmire racecourse, and taking part in family rides and activities. A group from Cycle Queensbury will be travelling up, and camping together – more details nearer the time. For more information about the rally visit:



Cycle Queensbury Planning Meeting and AGM – Tuesday 3 November 2015

Date: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Queensbury Baptist Church, Chapel Street, BD13 2PZ

Would you like to have a say in what Cycle Queensbury does next year? We’d really value your ideas and involvement.


In the last 12 months Cycle Queensbury:

  1. Ran a ‘Winter Warmer’ event on the Great Northern Railways Trail with food and hot toddy at Summers Farm
  2. Ran a Bike Easter Egg Hunt on the Trail
  3. Organised free  ‘Learn to Ride without Stabilisers’ Courses for 45 children
  4. Gave free 1:1 cycle training and cycle maintenance sessions to adults
  5. Ran a Family Fun Rides Day attended by 250 people, with help from the local Cyclists Touring Club
  6. Advertised local cycling events via our Facebook page
  7. Supported the campaign to open the Queensbury Tunnel
  8. Commissioned a Feasibility Study into Safer Streets in Queensbury
  9. Attended a  cycle camping weekend at the York Cycle Rally
  10. Loaned out bikes to adults and children in the community
  11. Provided rides on the Community Tandem for a resident with a disability.
  12. Found cycle buddies for riders through our Facebook page

The meeting will start with AGM business (about 15 minutes). If you would like to be on the committee, we need nominations 24 hours in advance ie by 7pm on Monday 2 November.
Note: Chris Wilson is leaving us to travel to South America, so there is a vacant position for Chair.