The Insiders’ Guide to Yorkshire

On July 5th and 6th 2014, Yorkshire hosts the first two stages of the 101st Tour de France. We’re here to help you get more from ‘Le Tour’ by providing informed and inspirational advice on the best places to eat, drink, stay, walk, cycle, visit and watch the race in God’s Own County.

Le Tour Guide - Map to both stages

Whether you are looking for a pop-up campsite or a Downton Abbey-style country house hotel, our experts have it covered. We’ve pulled together the most comprehensive guide to this county featuring everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to unmissable pork pie shops. You’ll find creaky old pubs that only accept cash rubbing shoulders with the coolest city centre drinking spots; the most majestic walking and cycling maps alongside the core information you need to get here.

Created by a team of award-winning travel journalists, destination experts and writers from some of the UK’s leading newspapers and websites, this is a truly independent, unbiased insiders’ guide to Yorkshire. All you need to know in one place written by the people who love it most.

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Le Tour News

Kate to hand out winner’s Yellow Jersey?

Rumour reaches LTG HQ that Duchess of Cambridge (or Kate as we know her in the office) is to hand out the winner’s yellow jersey at the end of stage 1 in Harrogate.

This is, as yet, unconfirmed but our man on the ground tells us the sniffer dogs are out in force and security is higher than he’d expect for a simple stage win presentation.

What a treat for the rider who beats the rest into town. Will he or won’t he risk a cheeky kiss on the cheek?

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A royal send-off

The 101st Tour de France, which begins in an hour, will be given a royal send-off by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Almost 200 riders will leave Leeds Town Hall and then warm-up by heading for Harewood House (the seat of the Queen’s first cousin) where the race officially starts.

The royals are there to bestow some regal splendour on the occasion and to wish ‘Bon Chance’ from the stately home. There is also a Red Arrows fly-past.

More widely, up to two million people are due to line the route with many roads shut across the county. The 190km (118-mile) first stage will finish in Harrogate around 16:30 BST.

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Road closures latest

The crowds are building; the excitement peaking. Harrogate is rammed with ecstatic visitors jostling for spaces on Parliament Street to see the sprint finish and (hopefully) Mark Cavendish take the yellow jersey in his mother’s home town.

If you’re one of the many looking at how to get anywhere on the race route, you need to be aware of the road closures. The best resource we’ve found so far is this site:

Zoom in and click the icons for timings and latest closure information.

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Where to watch #17 – Harrogate

With elegant architecture, wide boulevards, thriving café culture and vast areas of exquisite gardens and parkland, Harrogate is a picture postcard Victorian spa town, enjoying a reputation as one of the UK’s most beautiful urban destinations. It is a whiff... Read More

The prestigious yellow jersey

Did you know that only 6 Brits have ever worn the yellow jersey of the race leader? And did you realise that the jersey colour was chosen because the sponsor's newspaper was also yellow? All this and more can be... Read More

Where to watch #16 – Middleham

Dominated by the ruinous magnificence of its eponymously named castle (home to the recently rediscovered Yorkshireman king, Richard III) and enveloped by the imposing High Moor, you’d be right to think that this pretty market town is a fascinating visitor... Read More

Where to watch #15 – Leyburn

Renowned as the northern gateway into the Yorkshire Dales National Park this ever-busy, fine-looking market town sits on the bank of the River Ure in Lower Wensleydale amid some of England’s finest walking country. Its name stems from its fantastic... Read More