The Tour de France – Le Grand Départ – Le Tour Yorkshire!

Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales

We can be reasonably confident that Buttertubs Pass (above), will not look quite so deserted on the 5th of July 2014, when the first stage of the biggest cycle race in the world passes through! Aside from all the spectators, the Tour de France will bring a huge entourage including around 2000 journalists reporting to a worldwide audience of about 3.5 billion people that follow the race each year.

Cowscot House is pleased to welcome visitors that are drawn by the attraction of this huge event, but please note that we are already fully booked for Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of July.


The Route

Stage 1 Route
STAGE 1, Saturday 5th July 2014
Leeds to Harrogate: 190KM

Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkley – Skipton – Kettlewell – Aysgarth – Hawes – Reeth – Leyburn – Ripon – Harrogate

The homeward leg of the first day’s route comes down the A6108, through East Witton, Masham, West Tanfield and North Stainley, passing within 5 mls of Cowscot House, before joining the A61 at Ripon, on the way to the stage close at Harrogate.


Stage 1 Route
STAGE 2, Sunday 6th July 2014
York to Sheffield: 200KM

York – Knaresborough – Silsden – Keighley – Haworth – Hebden Bridge – Elland – Huddersfield – Holmfirth – Sheffield

For more detail on the route, including downloadable maps, plus a wealth of other information, see Welcome to Yorkshire’s excellent Le Tour Yorkshire website, the official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, from which this information is gratefully extracted.


Cycle Race near York Minster

Of course – you don’t need to wait for the Tour de France to enjoy cycling in Yorkshire, and neither do you need to be a competition-level cyclist. There are routes for cyclists of all ages and abilities. See Welcome to Yorkshire’s page on day and family rides for some suggestions.

Cowscot House is pleased to welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities throughout the year!