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Scouts give a helping hand in cleaning up the nidderdale greenway

A major clean up by local scouts resulted in nearly 40 black bin bags of rubbish being collected from a popular footpath.

The Harrogate and Nidderdale District Scouts Association helped the Bilton conservation Group to clear rubbish from the Greenway near Ripley Castle.

Balsam Bash - Saturday 8th August

Over the past 4 years we have organised balsam bashing sessions at Grange Quarry, Skipton Road. The hard work is starting to pay off with a noticeable increase in native flora, bees and butterflies.

We have organised another session to be held on Saturday 8 August

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What a difference a Balsam Bash makes!

Over the past four years volunteers from Bilton Conservation Group have spent time pulling out Himalayan Balsam, at Grange Quarry. Grange Quarry is situated off Skipton Road behind Pets at Home.


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.