Tour de France - Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate


Explore some of England’s most dramatic scenery, and take in some shopping, a stroll and a spa treatment along the way.

You’ve cheered the riders on as they threaded their way through the industrial city of Leeds during the Tour de France; now explore the Victorian woollen mills, which give the place its unique character.

Or how about visiting the Victoria Quarter, home to around 70 designer shops? Those wanting to pound paths instead of pavements should follow the race route to Otley, home to some gorgeous walks; or call in at Skipton, whose ancient castle marks the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Downhill from Buttertubs Pass is Middleham, a cobbled town of galleries and Georgian tearooms; and if you’re feeling lucky, why not enjoy a flutter after your cuppa, with a trip to the races?

Over the years this area has attracted the attention of artists; Turner sketched West Tanfield, the next stop en route, during his own 1816 tour; and Masham, too, has hosted numerous painters and authors – no doubt incentivised by the excellent beer, which is still brewed here today.

Alternatively you could head straight to Ripon, where the peloton will whip past the iconic Cathedral, before heading to the finish line in Harrogate, where you can relax after a hard day right at the town’s Turkish Baths.

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Civic Hall and Nelson Mandela Gardens, Leeds©VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis

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