What a lovely August bank holiday weekend we’ve just had – warm and sunny as it was for the wonderful Tour de France weekend that we had back in July. I was reminded of it this weekend as we spent the day at the annual Kilnsey Show and as there was an excellent insert in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post!
Even though two months have now passed, Le Tour de Yorkshire has certainly not been forgotten!
Le Grand Depart 2014 from Leeds and the race starting point at Harewood House was said to be the BEST EVER. The race was ‘seen off’ by royalty and from then on the peloton could be seen racing through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside – Otley, Skipton (Airedale), then into Wharfedale – Cracoe, Kilnsey, Kettlewell, and then to ‘Cote de Cray’, where there was an enormous crowd and then into Wensleydale – Hawes, ‘Côte de Buttertubs’, Masham, Ripon, and finally finishing on the Stray in Harrogate.
We watched the race at Kilnsey, there was a great atmosphere – beer from Tennants Arms, a lively crowd from around UK and the world who enjoyed all the spectacle of the publicity caravan, and a fantastic view of the peleton whizzing by. We then enjoyed the rest of the race on the big screen, that was situated on the Kilnsey Showground (in the middle of a field!), which also hosted a number of stalls selling food and souvenirs of the race. Just as exciting was the second day, we only viewed on TV but we still ‘lived’ the race from the settee! Leaving from York through the rolling North Yorkshire countryside, and then over Cote de Blubberhouses and into West Yorkshire via Addingham, and then a sprint along the Airedale Valley trunk road and to Keighley, Haworth and through villages and towns and up to the moors, where there were stunning views of the countryside. The second stage was finally won in. Sheffield by Nibally who was the overall winner.
Since then we have welcomed lots of new visitors to the Layhead Farm Cottages, coming to view the stunning countryside and meet the friendly people in God’s Own County! Be sure to have a look at my new cycling page on the website – to be released very soon! You will be able to find out more about following in the footsteps (sorry that should be wheels!) of the professionals, riding all or part of the route, and how to hire bikes locally when you come to stay.
See you soon at Layhead Farm Cottages!
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