Bonjour la Bicyclette à Yorkshire!
Published: Tuesday 25th Mar 2014
Written by: Kirsty Jones
Many years ago, we would occasionally see a gentleman, with a moustache and wearing a beret, cycle along the street with a string of onions around his neck. He would be selling the onions, but this July we shall be seeing many more Frenchman, and lots of other nationalities, cycling the roads of Yorkshire clad in lycra. Yes, the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday 5th July and it is expected that millions of people will cheer the riders along the route.
It is a great coup for the county and everyone is determined that Yorkshire will show itself at its best. The cyclists pass through much of our Yorkshire Holiday Cottages area, even passing through Skipton, site of one of our offices.The race begins at Leeds Town Hall on the Saturday and winds its way via Harewood House and Skipton on to Leyburn giving view to the wonderful Dales scenery. From Leyburn, it’s on to Masham, beautiful Ripon and ending in gorgeous Harrogate.On day 2, Sunday 6th July, the race continues from Clifford’s Tower in glorious York and wends its way to Huddersfield, via Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, and then on to the Peak District before finishing at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.
Having enjoyed the splendour of Yorkshire, the race moves south on the Monday for the Cambridge to London leg.Why not have a look at the route and think about a holiday in the area so that you can experience the excitement of this unique occasion?