Let's Tour de Yorkshire!

17 May 2017

Well what a weekend!  The Tour de Yorkshire is now firmly established on the cycling calendar and its arrival on Saturday 29th April in Harrogate was truly unforgettable!  Over 2.2 million spectators turned out along the route of the three day event with Nacer Bouhanni winning the second stage as he crossed the finishing line in Harrogate and Yorkshire born Lizzie Deignan triumphing in the women's race.

Why not re-create your own Tour de Yorkshire from Harrogate - you can make it as easy or as hard as you like and build in a few stop offs along the way?

Starting from Summerbridge - a 16.5 mile ride out of Harrogate.

Summerbridge past Gouthwaite Reservoir to Lofthouse - 19.5 km

Through charming narrow streets and tea shops of Pateley Bridge and past the stunning Gouthwaite Reservoir and Ramsgill (home to the Michelin starred Yorke Arms - but perhaps that's for another day!  On arriving at Lofthouse (overlooked by the dramatic church on the hill above at Middlesmoor), the road turns to the east to let the climbing commence...

Cote de Lofthouse

Things become a bit tougher from here on in!  Before you tackle the 1.7km of 11% gradient hill, why not stop for a spot of lunch (and a pint?) at the Crown Hotel at Lofthouse?

Lofthouse to Masham - 16.5 km

With THAT climb behind you, its downhill to Masham - home of the iconic Black Sheep Brewery borne out the combined wisdom of 6 generations of the Theakston brewing dynasty.  Try to find the time for a tour - but if it's just a pit stop, the bistro serves fantastic food!

Masham to Ripon - 16 km

Almost flat from here, via the pretty village of West Tanfield and on to the delightful and historic cathedral town of Ripon with its spectacular market square, historic gardens and medieval buildings. 

Ripon to Fountains Abbey - 6.5 km

On the homeward straight now and your route takes you past the National Trust and World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey - a jewel in Yorkshire's crown with a great visitor centre and cafe.

Fountains Abbey to Harrogate - 25 km

Home to Harrogate now via a string of attractive lower Nidderdale villages - and Hampsthwaite happens to be home to our favourite cycling-friendly cafe -  Sophie's coffee shop and bistro.  Go on, you've earned it!

Things to remember!
  • The event takes place from 28th April until 30th April
  • Road closures are from 05:00 to 21:00 on Saturday 29th April 2017
  • Women's Race to finish at 12:27PM in Harrogate
  • Cycle Festival Zone will be held on West Park Stray, Friday - Sunday
  • Men's Race to finish at 16:56PM in Harrogate

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