On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, Yorkshire will host the start of the Tour de France. Known as the Grand Depart, it is the official start of the world’s greatest cycle race and it promises to be an unforgettable occasion. The route will be:
5th July – Stage One: Leeds travelling out to Otley; moving on to Skipton; then into the Yorkshire Dales through Aysgarth, Hawes and Reeth; back down the Dales through Leyburn, Masham and Ripon; before ending in Harrogate.
6th July – Stage Two: York traveling to Knaresborough and Harrogate; travelling on to Keighley, Haworth and Hebden Bridge; then through Huddersfield and into the Peak District; finshing in Sheffield.
Ripon is a good location to base yourself in to see all the action, well placed to see Stage One as the race travels around the City, and a short distance from the route of Stage Two as it passes along the A59 from York to Keighley. With our joint spectator hub in the City Centre and at Ripon Racecourse, there’s plenty of fun for all the family before and after the race on both days. For more information about the spectator hub click here.
As Ripon is such a fantastic location we’ve got lots of temporary camping and camper van pitches ideal for the visitor. For more information about the accommodation available http://www.letourripon.co.uk/grand-depart/where-to-stay/.
And with large crowds expected to watch Stage One on Saturday 5th July there is lots of temporary car parking in the Ripon area too, just a short drive from the A1(M). For more information about the parking available .