Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Route: Top Picks

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With Tour de Yorkshire 2016 fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the great places to visit at each stage of the route. From coastal getaways to country retreats, city surfing to market town discoveries, there’s plenty to explore in Yorkshire!

Stage 1

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Beverley:

The starting point for Tour de Yorkshire this year is in the popular market town of Beverley. As well as an impressive Minster, the town boasts a thriving foodie scene and the renowned Beverley Racecourse.

Knaresborough:

One of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets, Knaresborough is home to some truly spectacular views and cultural hotspots. Points of interest include Mother Shipton’s Cave & The Petrifying Well, Knaresborough Castle & Museum and Bebra Gardens. When you’re feeling tired from all that sightseeing, there’s plenty of tea rooms and cafes for refreshment.

Ripley:

Although only a small village near Harrogate, Ripley is incredibly popular due to its stately castle and lush grounds. Well loved by those celebrating a special event and families on a day out, Ripley is well worth a visit.

Stage 2

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Pool-in-Wharfdale:

The second stage of the exciting bike race starts in the little-known village of Pool-in-Wharfdale. Cosy pubs and scenic riverside walks make the area appealing, as well as its close proximity to Leeds and Otley.

Pontefract:

An iconic racecourse… The spooky 30 East Drive (Google it)… Liquorice… Pontefract is famous for a few things! Enjoy a day out at Pontefract Castle before tucking into some tasty Pontefract Cakes – made even better by the fact they are still made in the town.

Doncaster:

The South Yorkshire town has a wealth of attractions for you to discover! Take the kids to Doncaster Dome for fun water flumes and ice-skating, spend a day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park and say hello to the animals or enjoy a night ‘at the dogs’ by visiting Doncaster Racecourse. The town is also great for a night out, too.

Stage 3

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Middlesbrough:

Middlesbrough is home to the third stage starting point of the Tour. With the sheer amount of museums dotted around the town, Middlesbrough is a cultural haven for those interested in The Arts. What’s more, with Redcar nearby, a trip to the beach is never too far away.

North York Moors:

Whether you fancy a walk, bike ride or even a horse trekking expedition, the North York Moors is the place to be. Feeling hungry? There’s plenty of pub stops and cake shops to take your fancy.

Scarborough:

They’ve certainly saved a corker for the finish line! Take a trip to Scarborough and enjoy a nostalgic day at the beach. Highlights include the classic lemon twist ice cream and the rainbow North Bay, which boasts views of the sporty surfers and the historic Scarborough Castle.

Have you been to any of the Yorkshire locations mentioned? Let us know by commenting below! 

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