A mini-guide to the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire locations
- Credit: Joan Russell
The third Tour de Yorkshire takes place on 28th April to 30th April, the route is just under 500km and takes in the Yorkshire Coast, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. We give you the lowdown on some of our favourite locations along the route
The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will start in Bridlington and finish two days later in Sheffield on Sunday, 30 April. The race begins with a 173km stage to Scarborough on Friday, 28 April.
Stage two see riders start in Tadcaster and go 122.5km to Harrogate, before ending with a 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
‘I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes,’ said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire. We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.
‘Last year, the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.’
The women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be held on the same stage as the second stage of the men’s event, with the women starting in the morning and the men in the afternoon.
This is the third edition of the event, won in 2016 by Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, which was started to extend the legacy of the county hosting the 2014 Grand Depart for the Tour de France.
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Thomas Voeckler will defend his Tour de Yorkshire title. He emerged triumphant last year when he broke away with Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) on the final climb of the third stage. He then outsmarted his rival in a two-way sprint for the overall victory along Scarborough’s North Bay. That win proved the highest-profile success of the season for the Frenchman, who is one of the most celebrated cyclists of his generation.
Here are a selection of prominent locations along the route that are well worth a visit throughout the year.
Friday 28th April
Bridlington to Scarborough
The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire sets off from the seaside town of Bridlington, it’s famous for its links to the fishing industry. We think fish and chips always taste better by the sea so while you’re here you have to try the fish and chips. 149 Fish and Chips is an award winning chippy that is located just outside the centre, although are many situated around the harbour.
It may be a bit late in the year to see the snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall but the stately home is still worth a visit in late April just for the gardens. They have over 3,000 plant species in the gardens and they also have one of the finest market gardens in Yorkshire.
People often use Driffield as a base for exploring the hugely under-rated Yorkshire Wolds. The historic Driffield Navigation starts right in the centre of town and the section between Whinhill Lock to Wansford is a popular nature trail.
The Yorkshire Wolds is often overlooked when people think of places to visit in Yorkshire, but it is one of the hidden gems of the Yorkshire countryside. Pocklington is also a place that isn’t teeming with tourists but that is part of the attraction, visit the Grade I listed All Saints Church and Burnby Hall Gardens.
Malton is famous for its reputation as a foodie town, there’s the market that takes place every Saturday and the town is filled with with plenty of independent food producers and establishments. Make sure you come back in May for the annual food festival.
Newbridge Park, which you can find just behind Pickering Castle, is now the place for cross-country mountain biking, bike skills, walking, picnicking and wildlife-watching. Dalby Forest, just ten miles north-east of Pickering, has a number of trails for mountain bikers of all abilities. Pickering is often referred as the Gateway to the North York Moors, its location making it a perfect base for exploring the national park.
Goathland is famous for another form of transport: railways. The pretty station is a famous filming location and Goathland is also along the route the North York Moors Railway, Britain’s most popular heritage steam railway.
Robin Hood’s Bay
One of the hidden gems of the Yorkshire Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay is a beautiful seaside village that can boast of some of the finest coastal views in the country. Make sure you take your camera with you, there are plenty of great photos to take here.
Many would argue that Scarborough is the quintessential Yorkshire seaside resort. Take a walk along the famous promenade or venture up the 12th century castle up on the cliffs that overlook the beach.
Saturday 29th April
Tadcaster to Harrogate
The Tour de Yorkshire route returns to Tadcaster for the second consecutive year. Last year, residents were counting the costs of the floods that destroyed the bridge that runs over the River Wharfe. This year, the bridge has been rebuilt and locals are ready to put on a show that’s even better than last year’s celebration.
Wetherby is another location that the Tour de Yorkshire is returning to this year. Wetherby is a town that is famous for its racecourse and it’s Family Day the weekend before the Tour rolls into town, with Ladies Day and Party in the Paddock topping off the season in June.
Knareborough is famous for lofty viaduct spanning the River Nidd which flows through the town. The town attracts many day visitors who call in at Knaresborough Castle and the quirky Mother Shipton’s Cave. The Courthouse Museum, in one of the castle’s oldest surviving buildings, is also something of a tourist treasure and gives an important glimpse into the town’s history. The riverside walks are a favourite with everyone who visits or lives in the town.
Pateley Bridge sits at the centre of Nidderdale most of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a good base to stay and explore Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales, and nearby Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey but it is also a very good shopping destination, don’t miss the Oldest Sweet Shop in England.
Masham is another town along the route that has famous beer connections. The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons are situated only a few hundred yards from one another so it’s a perfect excuse for those who have a passion for ale make this their location to experience the Tour.
Historic Ripon is Britain’s third smallest city but has attracted visitors for its impressive cathedral, smart Georgian houses and medieval streets. The racing season starts at Ripon racecourse in April and for those looking for a more peaceful time of it, the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey is only a few miles away.
The second day ends in the spa town of Harrogate and there’s so much to see and do here. You can join the massive queues at Bettys and try their famous afternoon teas or fat rascals. Or you can enjoy the many green spaces of Harrogate such as The Stray and Valley Gardens in the centre and RHS Harlow Carr, just a few miles out.
Sunday 30th April
Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
The final stage starts out in Bradford and if you’ve travelled there the nigh before then you will plenty on offer on the Saturday night. Go for the obligatory curry in one of the many restaurants located all across the city. There’s a reason it was named Curry Capital of Britain for five consecutive years.
One of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Yorkshire, Saltaire is famous for the mills and waterways that were a snapshot of the Industrial age that dominated the Victorian era. The town was founded in 1851 by Titus Salt and is named after himself and the River Aire that runs through it.
Ilkley Moor is a great walking destination throughout the year, make sure you take a photo of the iconic Cow and Calf rock formation that is one of the iconic landmarks in Yorkshire. You may well be lucky enough to experience one of the most impressive bluebell displays in the country if you take a detour to Middleton Woods.
Bolton Abbey lies just on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, you can spend a day on the estate and visit the 12th-century Augustinian priory, dine in luxury at the Devonshire Arms or pop over to nearby Embsay and travel on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
Barden is definitely a destination for walkers, with Barden Fell to the east of the River Wharfe and Barden Moor to the west of the river this village is a good start off point for walking in the area. Try our walks on Barden Moor and Embsay Reservoir or Barden Bridge to Simon’s Seat, you can also explore nearby Rylstone and Cracoe.
This lovely market town in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales always attracts many thousands of visitors each year but still manages to keep its charm. The unique independent shops that sit around Grassington’s cobbled market square and line the steep streets and alleyways to the town hall, work for both residents and tourists alike.
Skipton is gaining a reputation as a popular destination for visitors to the area, it’s always been known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ but don’t get the impression it’s just a mere stopping off point on your travels. There’s plenty to see and do here, including the castle, the Leeds-Liverpool canal and a whole range of events and festivals throughout the year.
Haworth has become a popular destination because of the Brontes, there’s plenty to see and do in and around the village that is related to the famous literary family. If you like what you see, come back a month later on 19th-21st May for the Haworth 1940s weekend for a vintage experience.
Halifax is a town full of architectural delights, but it’s also a town that is undergoing major changes, especially in arts and leisure. Major developments include the iconic Piece Hall, and the Square Chapel Arts Centre.
The arts play a huge role in the culture of Brighouse, it’s the home of the world famous brass band, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and also the Harrison Lord Art Gallery and the Brighouse Arts Centre. Pay a visit to Wellholme Park, famous for its spectacular floral bedding displays.
People of a certain age may know that Holmfirth is famous as the filming location for Last of the Summer Wine (you won’t believe it but some younger folk have never heard of it!). But the town is a great destination for walking and cycling and is developing a reputation as foodie destination.
If you’re in Penistone to view the Tour de Yorkshire, then you may find that it’s a place to visit all year round. The Trans Pennine Trail passes by here and the town has become a popular starting point for those looking to ride to the north or the west of the route.
Fox Valley, Sheffield
The Tour ends at Fox Valley which is a new £50 million development eight miles from Sheffield city centre, it was opened last year and is hailed as a a new town centre to North Sheffield. It’s worth exploring this ‘new’ part of Yorkshire although you can always visit the old industrial towns such as Stocksbridge and Bolsterstone or take a walk around Underbank reservoir. It’s also very close to the Peak District, if the great outdoors are what you are looking for.
What part of the Tour de Yorkshire route are you visiting this year? These are just some of the locations along the route, if you’re looking for information on places we haven’t mentioned here, have a look around the website for more information on places in Yorkshire.
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