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Feelgood factor for Yorkshire since Grand Depart

YORKSHIRE is winning hearts and minds across the country thanks to the feelgood factor generated by the county’s hugely-successful hosting of the Tour de France.

More than one-third of the UK’s population claim their opinions of God’s Own County have been positively changed following the unprecedented success of the Grand Depart.

The sheer scale of Yorkshire’s staging of the race left experienced commentators struggling for words after millions of people lined the routes across Yorkshire to cheer on the planet’s best cyclists.

A new study has revealed that one-quarter of the country’s population now want to visit Yorkshire following the positive publicity surrounding the Tour.


Yorkshire in Lonely Planet Top 3 world destinations

Yorkshire is the third best region in the world to visit in 2014, according to travel guide company Lonely Planet.

In its new Best in Travel 2014 publication, Lonely Planet says: “If the good people of Yorkshire were proud of their heritage before, the 2012 London Olympics only served to cement what they have always thought: that their county is better than – and really the best of – all the English counties.

“Recently this rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north has kicked away the walking cane. Bradford has become the world’s first Unesco City of Film, fashion-thirsty Leeds has cut the ribbon on an ambitious retail development at a time when malls elsewhere in the UK are stalling, a new state-of-the-art gallery in Wakefield is giving London a run for its money, and Yorkshire now has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other county outside London.