TdF in the Dales
From our base in Fremington in the Yorkshire Dales tackle some of the Yorkshire's toughest climbs including Buttertubs Pass, Park Rash, Fleet Moss and Grinton Moor. Featuring Etape du Dales and Tour de France (Dales Stage 2014)
Tour de France Route - 77miles/7120ft
On 5th and 6th July 2014, the Tour de France began in Yorkshire. The first stage started in Leeds, made its way to Skipton and then travelled through the Yorkshire Dales National Park passing along Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale, before heading to Harrogate. We ride part of the parcour ridden by the pros on that day. Its a formidable challenge and encompasses some great climbs.
Etape du Dales - 114 miles/10426ft
Day 1 was just a warm up compared to this truly epic day. Experience all that the Dales has to offer in this great ride. We start in Fremington and pick up the anti-clockwise route around the Dales, first tackling Tan Hill to the highest pub in Britain then over the moors to Garsdale for refreshments. The vicious ramp of Garsdale Head (No. 73 in 100 Greatest Climbs) is your next treat followed by the climb to Newby Head. Then through Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Stainforth.
You will then pass Pen-y-Ghent on the way to Halton Gill and the climbing keeps coming with Fleet Moss and your old friend Buttertubs Pass to negotiate. The descent through Gunnerside marks the end of day as you reach the village of Reeth.
Fremington - Masham - Thirsk 67 miles/3985ft
A flatter day is promised on the final day. Either take it easy or work on your chaingang skills on the roads to Masham. Stock up on Black Sheep ale at the brewery before heading out to Thirsk to the excellent Yorks Cafe for a bite on this out and back route.
All routes are flexible to suit your level of fitness, ambition or fatigue.
Combine with other routes to make a longer cycle touring holiday.
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