The Tour de France is coming to Swaledale!
The fantastic news is out! The 2014 Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire. It will start in Leeds on Saturday July 5th 2014 and then head north over Buttertubs Pass and all the way down Swaledale. Full details on the Welcome to Yorkshire website. On Sunday 6th July the route goes from York to Sheffield. Full details of both days of the Grand Depart are also on this link.
On the Saturday the route goes over Grinton Moor (from Grinton). All the accommodation in the area is now booked up. Some of us have secured some camping space at the YH for the Friday night. It might be worth contacting them if you are looking for accommodation. There is also the possibility the Askrigg Outdoor Centre may have space.
The best view point we think is just above the YH on the bend where you can see the competitors coming and where, hopefully, they will all go a bit slower (!!) for the pictures!
Many people will be cycling in from Richmond and the surrounding area but at the moment we don't know whether there will be a rolling road closure or the roads will be closed earlier on in the day. More details about this nearer the time.
On Sunday 7th the route goes from York to Sheffield and goes over Holme Moss which will be the best view point for those that would prefer to see the event on the Sunday.
Either way both days will be extremely busy so planning and timing will be crucial.