Tour de France - Stage 2: York to Sheffield

York to Sheffield

Culture vultures can discover the Vikings and Bröntes, while those preferring more physical pursuits can take on the Peak District.

Visit where the second day of Le Tour kicked off along a mish-mash of cobbled streets, city walls and pretty shops, all set around a Gothic cathedral. History buffs should make a beeline for the Jorvik Centre, where you can smell bona fide Viking stew and explore a traditional Norse home.

But if you’re after open spaces, follow the route the racers took to the Haworth moors; it was here that Emily Brönte wrote Wuthering Heights and you can still visit the parsonage where she lived with her sisters. The Bröntes are just part of this region’s literary heritage; Hebden Bridge, too, has a community of writers and artists. Call for a cuppa at one of the organic cafes, or stop for a stroll along the sleepy canal.

Next up is Huddersfield, a colourful Victorian town and foodie Mecca from here the riders climbed to the heady heights of Holme Moss – the start of the Peak District National Park.  Spectacular views reward your efforts, before you head back to Sheffield to check out the city’s thriving music scene, at flour mill-turned-music-venue, The Leadmill.

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Rooftops on Low Petergate under York Minster©VisitEngland/VisitYork

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