Ride the route

The greatest cycling race in the world is coming to the Yorkshire Dales and, inspired by the route Le Tour will follow in July 2014, we have created 'Le Tour de France du Dales'.

It is a stunning route, largely following the Tour de France route through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Starting and finishing in Grassington, it follows quiet roads, takes in four classic climbs and provides views of some great Yorkshire Dales scenery.

Route details

Start/finish location: Grassington

Start postcode: BD23 5LB

Start grid reference: SE 00283 63750

Distance: 78 miles (125 km)

Climbs en route: Buttertubs Pass, Park Rash, Kidstones, Grinton Moor

Difficulty grading: Black

Interactive map of the Tour de France du Dales route

Key

How to use the map

  • Double click to zoom in and see a more detailed map.
  • Move around the map by clicking and dragging the mouse.
  • Route of Tour de France du Dales The Tour de France inspired route is displayed as a yellow line.
  • Click the key icon Open map key icon to display the map legend. You can display cycle businesses and cycle friendly accommodation in the Dales on the map by clicking the relevant tickbox.
  • Click on an accommodation or business icon to see more details about it.
  • Click the key icon Close map key icon to hide the map legend.

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What's it like?

In May 2013, Mark Allum, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Recreation and Tourism Manager, spent a happy bank holiday Monday riding the Tour de France du Dales route. He wrote a 'blog' style account of his ride so that you can get an idea of what the route is like before you set off.