The Tour de France is coming to English shores once again this year. The first two days sees the cyclists race through Yorkshire, what will they see in a blur?
As the riders leave Leeds, they cycle through Otley, recently named one of the best villages in Britain to live in. Another village to see the Peloton is Burley-In-Wharfedale, set in the Green Wharfe Valley. A further stop en route is the small market town of Grassington, where the views of the Yorkshire Dales are wonderful.
The cyclists will whizz past Ripon and its’ imposing cathedral before the final flat finish in Harrogate.
Day two departs from York and travels through Harrogate, Keighley, Huddersfield another wonderfully named village ‘Blubberhouses’ and the Peak District National Park before racing into Sheffield after 201km.
Between Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield, the cyclists will see a quick glimpse of the North West, with Rochdale being the hosts.
Later on in the afternoon, if you see the cyclists riding through Holmfirth, you may well recognise some of the landscape, the BBC TV series Last of the Summer Wine was filmed in the area. Then there is the Peak District, from pretty moorland, rolling hills and dales to scented meadows and leafy forests, the Peak district National Park is home to some of the country’s finest scenery – deservedly designated as Britain’s first National Park.
Probably to avoid sniggers, the TdF is just bypassing Penistone before the last stretch takes the riders through Higher Bradfield and their magnificent medieval church and then on to Sheffield’s town centre.
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