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Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire

Near Grassington, Yorkshire. Picture by Flickr user Andrew Bowden

Near Grassington, Yorkshire. Picture by Flickr user Andrew Bowden. CC Licence.

This weekend sees the creation of a little bit of history. For the first time, the biggest cycling event in the world, the Tour de France, commences its Grand Depart from Yorkshire!

Stage one starts on Saturday (5th July) with the cyclists travelling from Leeds through to Harrogate. The riders will start from Leeds then be officially waved off by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they pass through the Harewood Estate.  Stage two is the following day and travels from York to Sheffield. It is estimated that there will be around two million spectators per day and financial benefits to the region in excess of £100 million.

Expect all manner of events, decorations and celebrations throughout the weekend as Yorkshire goes Tour de France crazy! It will be a wonderful weekend to visit the county to see it and its people at their absolute best. The weather forecast currently doesn’t look too bad, with cloud and sunny spells predicted on Saturday.

Expect to see lots of art on the hillsides of the route, with grass cut into patterns and shapes, Yorkshire dialect signage to welcome visitors, plus large-scale line drawings made by the tracks of bikes cycled into the grass. There will be street art, houses painted with polka dots like the famous jersey, and roads painted with the phrase “Ey up t’Tour!” Also, there is expected to be World Record set with the longest bunting on Earth stretching just over 10 kilometres from Mytholmroyd (once home to Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath) to the summit of Blackstone Edge.

“Christian Prudhomme [the Tour director] has always said the Tour has the power to make social change. Because it’s not just about the bike. This will showcase Yorkshire to the world, showing it to be a confident, dynamic, outgoing place, representing all the things that are positive about the world this day and age.” Said Gary Verity, Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism board responsible for the successful bid to host the Grand Depart.

He added: “Yorkshire has cool places, green places in every sense, dynamic people, rich heritage, great food and drink, cutting edge industries in all sectors, great communications, fantastic transport links. With luck it will also help to redress a bit the balance between the south and the north.”

You can plan your journey, or where to settle using the official site and if you want to combine it with some accommodation to make a weekend of it to explore the area and soak up the atmosphere go to our Yorkshire section of the website.

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Kipp Cottage, Dumfries and Galloway

Kipp Cottage is a beautiful hideaway for two in Dumfries and Galloway. In a secluded position in the grounds of Kipp House on the edge of the village of Kippford, the accommodation is located on the first floor, with special storage area suitable for bicycles and/or wet weather gear on the ground floor.

Perfect for an activity holiday base, the village is set on the Urr Estuary, a popular sailing centre. For keen cyclists, the trailhead for the local section of the 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Network is less than 5 minutes away by car. There is also a small golf course and two hotels/pubs serving food plus local shops within walking distance of the cottage.

The double glazing and full oil fired central heating make this a cosy and comfortable cottage at any time of the year.

Outside view of cottage

Modern kitchen

Beautiful grounds

 

 

 

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Yorkshire to host start of Tour de France 2014

 

Leeds Arcade picture by Flickr user Eric The Fish (2012)

The recent success of the Tour de France has helped to cement the decision to have Yorkshire host the start of the Tour de France in 2014.

The county beat off worldwide competition to host the Grand Départ, the prestigious opening few days of the cycling race. The host city will be Leeds, which will also host an arts and cycling festival to coincide with the tour. Details of where the race will travel through after Leeds are yet to be released, but will likely go through Scarborough, York and Sheffield.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the agency behind the county’s bid, said: “It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics the British public can look forward to another of the world’s biggest sporting events coming to the country, and I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown British heroes.”

The first two days of the race will be held in the county on 5th and 6th July 2014, before moving to a third stage somewhere in southern England, finishing in London before continuing on to France.

VisitBritain CEO Sandie Dawe said: “It is fantastic news that the 2014 Tour de France will start in Yorkshire and that this major sporting event will be back in the UK. The beautiful countryside will be a wonderful backdrop and seen by an international audience as well as the thousands who will come to see the race.

“Cycling in the UK has received a welcome boost due to the success of team GB’s cyclists and Bradley Wiggins’s tour victory, so we hope that a Britain-wide bid will be successful in future years.”

To look at the wide range of holiday cottages available across Yorkshire, go to our Holiday Cottages site and start planning your trip!

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