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The Yorkshire Route for the 101st Tour de France

Yorkshire offers historic and vibrant cities and towns such as York, Harrogate, Leeds and Sheffield and an amazing variety of countryside, from the stunning Yorkshire Dales to the breathtaking North York Moors, the impressive Yorkshire coastline and the growing popularity of David Hockney's Yorkshire Wolds. Yorkshire has 2 National Parks - the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park as well as the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast of high cliffs, bays and dramatic headlands. It is no wonder that recent years have seen tourism in Yorkshire grow faster than anywhere else in the UK! Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts will find a wide choice in Yorkshire from cricket to rugby, football, horse racing and horse riding, motorsports, golf, mountain biking and walking the miles of footpaths, long distance trails and hikes. Le Tour 2014 Grand Départ focused the eyes of the world on this thriving and beautiful part of the UK.

The 2014 Tour de France Stage 1, Leeds to Harrogate: Saturday 5th July 2014

Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate

  • Harewood – Harewood House is home to the Lascelles family for over 250 years and one of England’s finest 18th Century Treasure House. It is set in 100 acres of exquisite gardens..
  • Ilkley – Ilkley is famous for its moor and unofficial Yorkshire anthem, ‘On Ilka Moor Baht’At’. It is boasts a Betty’s teashop, great shopping and a lovely riverside walk along the River Wharfe .
  • Skipton – Just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the bustling market town of Skipton, with its medieval castle is the Gateway to the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park. Skipton is also the start of the 130 mile circular Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, which many recreational cyclists find ideal for a leisurely 6 day tour or cycling sections on day rides.

Up to this point the route is fairly flat, but once it enters the iconic Dales the terrain gets steeper as the riders race a semi-circular route across the contours of the valleys.

Upper Wharfedale

  • Grassington – The popular Dales market town of Grassington is set in stunning limestone scenery. It is a welcome stop on the route of the Way of the Roses Cycle Route, which offers recreational cyclists a fantastic coast to coast cycle route from Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Kilnsey –– Kilnsey with its famous Crag, is a mecca for rock climbers. Kilnsey also offers a great annual Agricultural Show with Fell Racing, as well fly fishing at its Trout Farm and The Kilnsey Trekking and Horse Riding Centre for an alternative to the bike!
  • Malham –– Close to the stage one route is the magnificent Malham Cove and Tarn. Both well worth a visit.
  • Yorkshire Three Peaks –– Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in the Western Yorkshire Dales near Settle and Ingleton offer a great challenge and wonderful views.
  • Kettlewell – Kettlewell is a charming Dales village, with a village hall and scenery that featured in ‘The Calendar Girls’ film, a comedy film based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a tasteful and entertaining nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.
    Times: Publicity Caravan 11.28, Le Tour Cyclists from 13.20
  • Buckden – Buckden village at the top of Upper Wharfedale is the start of a good circular walk taking in Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite, before returning to Buckden’s Buck Inn.
  • Cray Climb
  • Aysgarth – Aysgarth village in Wensleydale is well known for its spectacular triple-drop Aysgarth Waterfalls, carved out by the River Ure.
  • Bainbridge – The charming village of Bainbridge has a huge village green complete with stocks from bygone days.
  • Hawes – Hawes is home to the Wensleydale Cheese Creamery and is also the start of the Yorkshire Dales Hawes Cycle Route, which is a 60 mile route taking recreational cyclists along many of the same roads as le Tour de France 2014 Stage 1.
  • Buttertubs Pass Climb – Buttertubs Pass is a challenging cycle ride past 20 metre deep limestone potholes called the Buttertubs. With winding roads and stunning views. this is ‘Top Gear’ Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite Yorkshire road.

Swaledale

  • Muker – Muker is a quaint Upper Swaledale village that nestles between hills and is unchanged from years gone by. It is a popular starting point for many varied walks and recreational bike rides with views that are breathtaking. Once a year in September, the Muker Agricultural Show is held in the meadows in Muker village, offering such delights as Fell Racing, Sheep Dog Trials and a chance to hear the Muker Band play!
  • Reeth – Reeth is the unofficial capital of Swaledale. It is a great centre for recreational mountain bike riding, cycling and walking with Fremington Edge, a 5 kilometre long wall of crags situated to the north of the village.
  • Grinton Moor Climb
  • Leyburn – The vibrant Lower Wensleydale market town of Leyburn is an all-year-round destination for tourists, offering visitors the perfect base for exploring, hiking, sight-seeing as well as cycling.

Nidderdale and Harrogate

  • Middleham – Explore historic Middleham Castle, once the childhood home of Richard III.
  • Masham – The pretty Market town of Masham in Lower Wensleydale has not one but two famous Yorkshire beweries with visitor centres. Theakstons and Black Sheep Breweries, each offer an excellent pint.
  • Ripon - Ripon is the UK’s fourth smallest city which is famous for its Cathedral, Ripon Races and the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park.
  • Harrogate – The spa town of Harrogate was the stage for the dramatic finish of stage one of le Tour 2014. Enjoy the many shops and restaurants and Theatres as well as the famous Turkish Baths, Betty's Tea Rooms and RHS Harlow Carr.

The 2014 Tour de France Stage 2, York to Sheffield: 201Km, Sunday 6th July 2014

York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

North Yorkshire

  • York – Stage Two of the 2014 Tour de France left from York Racecourse, cycling past historic Clifford's Tower and York Minster. York is a stunning walled city brimming with history and numerous attractions, including the Minster, the fascinating Shambles and surrounding shopping streets, the ancient York City Walls, the National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre.
  • Knaresborough Knaresborough is a market town beautifully situated above the River Nidd with it castle and oldest visitor attraction in the world at Mother Shipton’s Cave.
  • Blubberhouse Climb

West and South Yorkshire

  • Saltaire – Close to le Tour stage two is the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, the model Victorian village built by Titus Salt.
  • Keighley – The West Yorkshire town of Keighley is 11 miles northwest of Bradford and Keighley station is on the National Rail network. The town is well known for the Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway.
  • Haworth – Visit the Bronte Parsonage, home to Emily and Charlotte Bronte and their family. Tour the charming village of Haworth where they lived and explore the moors that inspired their stories.
  • Oxenhop Moor Climb
  • Hebden Bridge – Hebden Bridge is home to the National Trust attractions of Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful area for walking close to the town, and Gibson Mill, a 19th century Mill and visitor centre. This is a prime location for finding out more about Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Visit the Colne Valley Museum and take a guided boat trip into the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain at Standedge Tunnel in Marsden.
  • Mytholmroyd – After leaving the historic tourist destination of Hebden Bridge, Le Tour passed through Mytholmroyd (home of the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes).  His well known author wife Sylvia Plath is buried in nearby Heptonstall churchyard.  Heptonstall is a historic medieval township, popular with tourists.
  • Ripponden Climb
  • Greetland Climb
  • Huddersfield – Huddersfield is a large Yorkshire market town which is home to strong Yorkshire traditions, great festivals and some impressive Victorian architecture.
  • Holmfirth – Holmfirth has become well known as the location of the situation comedy Last of the Summer Wine. From here le Tour cyclists were able to stretch their legs on a number of steep sections before they arrive at the North East corner of the Peak District National Park, on the edge of the Pennines.
  • Holme Moss Climb –Holme Moss is renowned as one of the toughest climbs in the whole of Great Britain!
  • Midhopestones Climb
  • Bradfield Climb
  • Oughtibridge Climb
  • Sheffield – At the end of Stage 2, the cyclists arrive in Sheffield, the UK’s first city of sport. The last hill climb of the day is less than five kilometres from the finish at Sheffield Arena. Sheffield offers so much to see and do with three great theatres, the Botanical Gardens, shopping  heaven at Meadowhall and the Millennium Art Gallery
  • The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle - Visit nearby Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hepworth Art Gallery which make up the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle along with the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. They are all only a 30-minute drive, bus or train ride from each other.

South Yorkshire

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