The Tour de Yorkshire 2018 will be bigger and better than ever before – showcasing even more of this beautiful region over 4 fantastic days.
It’s a chance to watch some of the worlds best cyclists and riding teams as well as enjoy the glorious Yorkshire countryside.
Here’s our guide to some of the places and Gorgeous Cottages you can stay in throughout this year’s route of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Day 1 – Thursday 3rd May 2018
The first day of the Tour de Yorkshire starts in the historic Yorkshire Wolds town of Beverley which has lots of cobbled streets and historic Georgian buildings to explore. Highlights of the town include an impressive Minster and the 15th century North Bar town gate.
The route travels through the beautiful rolling landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds (an inspiration for artist David Hockney) visiting market towns and villages including Pocklington and Howden before finishing in Doncaster.
The women’s race kicks off today too (for the first time ever this will take place over 2 days) following much of the same route as the men’s race.
Day 2 – Friday 4th May 2018
On Day 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire, the riders for both the men’s and women’s race will start at Barnsley and pass through Conisbrough (home to a famous castle) and Pontefract (birthplace of some famous cakes).
The route then heads by Harewood House (recently featured in ITV’s Victoria) before heading to the Wharfe Valley and a challenging climb through Pool in Wharfedale.
With some stunning views from this elevated position, the race continues on to Otley before finishing in the beautiful spa town of Ilkley. The winner of the women’s race will be decided today.
Day 3 – Saturday 5th May 2018
We are especially excited about Day 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire. The route passes by so many of our Gorgeous Cottages!
The day’s cycling starts in the historic Georgian town of Richmond – take a look at our Richmond Holiday Cottages – before heading down to Leyburn and over to Bedale. This part of the route goes through villages like Harmby (Tannery Cottage), Patrick Brompton (Darjeeling and Earl Grey) and Little Crakehall (Miller’s Croft and Miller’s Retreat).
From Bedale the race goes to Northallerton, Thirsk and then across to Helmsley via a challenging climb up Sutton Bank. Helmsley is the only market town that’s actually within the North York Moors National Park and with tearooms, a castle and walled garden will be a popular viewing point for the race.
The race then continues into Kirkbymoorside (A Haven and The Escape) and Pickering (Dove Cottage) before heading through Thornton-le-Dale (Gateways and Rorty Crankle), Ruston (Blacksmith’s Barn) and Hutton Buscel (Foxglove Cottage).
It comes to a spectacular finish at Scarborough (The Old Jet Works). It’s the 4th time the race has finished here!
Day 4 – Sunday 6th May 2018
Much of the fourth and final day of the race takes place in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales – lots of climbs for the riders’ tired legs to tackle!
Day 4 kicks off in Halifax before heading up through Haworth (famously part of the route for the Tour de France) and Skipton before passing through famous Yorkshire Dales villages like Appletreewick, Grassington and Kettlewell (you may recognise it as the village used in Calendar Girls).
The cyclists will race through Middleham – the town is famous for the hundreds of racehorses that are trained in the nearby gallops and the imposing Middleham Castle.
Take a look at our Luxury Holiday Cottages in Middleham.
From here the riders will travel to Nidderdale (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) passing through Masham (well known for it’s two breweries and annual sheep fair) on route to Pateley Bridge. This lovely village is a great place to catch a glimpse of the riders!
The biggest ever Tour de Yorkshire fittingly comes to a close in Yorkshire’s largest city – Leeds. The winner of the men’s race will be cross the line on the historic Headrow. Who will take the crown this year?
There’s lot of fabulous places where you can cheer on the riders and soak up the atmosphere. All you need to decide is which part of the route to head to this year!