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Bilton Conservation Group was founded by local residents on 19th May 1982 to protect and maintain the rural environment of this, the oldest part of Harrogate.

The Sex Life of Pteridophytes

Let us venture back to the Palaeozoic Era (about 570 million years ago), at the start of which plant life began. These simple plants were limited to algae which gradually evolved into non-flowering plants.


Throughout the Nidd Gorge area there is evidence of almost continuous human activity, from pre-history to the 21st century.


In 1999 the conservation group decided to celebrate the new millennium by creating a 220 metre permissive footpath from Willow Wood, behind Tennyson Avenue, Bilton to link with the old abandoned mainline railway (now the ‘Nidderdale Greenway’).

Bilton to Ripley Bridleway – at last!

It has been over 40 years since it was possible (although probably illegal) to walk from Bilton across the Nidd Viaduct and along the disused Pateley Bridge railway line to Ripley.


A group of cyclists from ‘Wheel Easy’ enjoy a break on the greenway! Two rustic seats were provided by Harrogate Borough Council – formed from the bole of a huge oak tree which blew down in the winter of 2013.