Cycle cities and moors like a Tour de France pro

Leeds, West Yorkshire

From the Grand Depart start line in Leeds cyclists can roll through the quiet winding roads of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

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When the Tour de France Grand Depart came to Yorkshire in 2014, Leeds was the obvious location for the starting point. This vibrant city is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, whose marvellous limestone formations and heather clad moorlands are the perfect backdrop for a bike ride. 

Stage 1 of the Grand Depart looped north of Leeds through the centre of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and back to finish in Harrogate 118 miles (190km) later. But you don’t need to be pro cyclist to enjoy bicycle rides here. Cyclists of all abilities can choose from plenty of routes through picturesque villages and towns, beautiful valleys and across wide-open moorland. You really will witness some of England’s finest scenery from your saddle. 

Leeds is around 207 miles (333km) north of London by road. The quickest route is by train, which takes around 2 hours 30 minutes.

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