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

Tour de France guides banned from using Yorkshire-isms

25202As reported in a feature in The Telegraph, it seems volunteers hired to offer a warm welcome to visitors flocking to Yorkshire for this year’s Tour de France have been banned from using local phrases such as ‘love’ in case they offend visitors. Now, chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson and veteran cricket umpire Dickie Bird have joined the protests at the ban on traditional Yorkshire terms of endearment.

The small army of volunteers acting as meet and greet staff or Tour Makers during the cycling event admitted they were surprised to be told to mind their language. An online training tutorial prepared for the Tour Makers informs them that they should avoid calling visitors ‘love’.

And it’s not just that traditional Tyke term of endearment that’s off limits; they are also told to steer clear of addressing people as ‘mate’ and ‘darling’.

The tutorial says: “Be confident and naturally friendly.

“Avoid using words such as ‘mate’, ‘love’ or ‘darling’ – they may sound friendly to you, but they could offend some people.”

Sir Michael Parkinson, who was born near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said: “I have never heard of anything as daft in my life.

“They are trying to ban a word that is a classic term of endearment in the north and everyone know it. Absolutely unbelieveable.

“Yorkshire folk should turn their backs on the Tour de France riders as they go past! The word ‘love’ is what Yorkshire is all about!”

Asked about the advice, a spokesman for the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency said: “Yorkshire is quite rightly well known for its famous warm welcome and that won’t change. “However, we don’t want volunteers to use language that may cause confusion for our overseas visitors.”

Almost 12,000 Tour Makers will be on hand to assist fans during the opening three stages of the high-profile race. The first two sections take place in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6, with the third to follow between Cambridge and London on July 7.

So, what do you think? Yorkshire dialect or politically correct? We know which side of t’fence we’re sitting on at Le Tour Guide. Love.

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Official Spectator Grand Depart Hubs Revealed

Today, the location of the official spectator hubs have been released for the first two stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. As reported by BBC, the free admission hubs will provide family-friendly venues to watch the race featuring big screens, refreshments, and a range of entertainment.

The hubs announced include the following locations:


1) The Headrow, Leeds (Race Start Stage 1): 5 July  |  25,000 capacity

2) Scott Hall Playing Fields: 5 July  |  10,000 capacity

Leeds Information


3) Otley Town Centre: 5 July  |  15,000 capacity

Otley Information


4) Riverside Gardens: 3-6 July  |  13,000 capacity

Ilkley Information


5) Skipton High Street: 5 July  |  12,000 capacity

Skipton Information


6) Grassington National Park Centre: 5 July  |  2,000 capacity


7) Hawes National Park Visitor Centre: 5 July  |  3,000 capacity

Hawes Information


8) Leyburn Market Place: 5 July  |  10,000 capacity

Leyburn Information


9) West Park (Race End Stage 1): 3-6 July  |  15,000 capacity

Harrogate Information


10) York Racecourse (Race Start Stage 2): 3-7 July  |  25,000 capacity

11) York Designer Outlet: 6 July  |  3,000 capacity

York Information


12) Knaresborough Castle: 5-6 July  |  4,000 capacity

Knaresborough Information


13) Victoria Park: 5-6 July  |  4,500 capacity


14) Haworth Central Park5-6 July  |  4,000 capacity

Haworth Information


15) St. George’s Square: 5-6 July  |  10,000 capacity

Huddersfield Information


16) Sands Recreation Ground: 5-6 July  |  10,000 capacity

Holmfirth Information


17) Coronation Park: 6 July  |  2,500 capacity

18) Don Valley Bowl (Race Finish Stage 2): 6 July  |  10,000 capacity

For our complete insiders’ guide of where to eat, drink, stay and visit along the entire route, visit the links below:

Stage 1 Guide

Stage 2 Guide

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Tour de France race timings now on site

The website has just been updated, and all town write-ups now include the race timings for the Grand Depart. Click the signposts to explore each town along the route, and see when both the caravan and the race is expected to arrive!

Times shown are estimates only, as provided by the Tour de France race organisers. To make the most of your experience, we recommend arriving in advance to have time to explore all that each town has to offer. Check out the links below to start exploring:

Stage 1 Information

Stage 2 Information

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