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Grand Depart - Day 1

Leeds to Harrogate 

Le Tour is French, but the Grand Depart belonged to Yorkshire!

Now you have the chance of driving the Grand Depart route at a leisurely pace, stopping of to explore the wonderful scenery and take refreshments along the route.

The 101’st Tour de France famously started in Leeds on 5th July 2014 and took in some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery with 2.5 million spectators coming out to cheer the riders on.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour described it as “ the Grandest, Grand Depart ever” as Yorkshire

The television coverage was described as “a 2 day advertisement for Yorkshire” as the riders rode up through the Dales and through the iconic Buttertubs Pass before finishing the day in Harrogate. Images of Yorkshire people, Yorkshire pride and Yorkshire’s outstanding landscapes – helped raise awareness of this wonderful county like never before.

Our trip starts in Leeds, then driving out of the city to Harewood House. We will then drive up through the Wharfe Valley past Ilkley, Skipton and Kettlewell.

The route then heads up through Wensleydale and the village of Hawes then along the King of the Mountain stage of Buttertubs Pass, before passing through Reeth where Swaledale and Arkengarthdale meet.

We then head south through Leyburn and the Cathedral city of Ripon before heading back via Harrogate.

There are various options for refreshment stops from quaint teashops and country pubs to fine dining. Also, depending on your interests we can tailor the day with stops at Harewood House, Wensleydale Creamery, Fountains Abbey or Ripon Cathedral.

Give us a call if you want to see the Grand Depart route and many of Yorkshire’s treasures.

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