The Tour de France
Last year Welcome to Yorkshire won the bid to host one of the world’s greatest and most prestigious cycling races, the Tour de France – Hurrah!
The Tour de France, held annually since 1903, brings together the worlds pro-riders to take part in a spectacular three-week-long tour. Each year the organisers create a new route for the race. The start of the race often begins in a nearby country before returning back to mainland France for the majority of the route.
The Tour de France is the biggest cycling event in the world, with 200 professional cyclists, making up around 20 – 22 teams. The competitors compete to win a classification or lead the race with the lowest aggregate time for the infamous Yellow Jersey and of course the prize money and status.
Originally the Tour de France was held as one long event where cyclists had to ride day and night – a real test of endurance! But today, the Tour de France is held in stages, the first two stages are to be held in Yorkshire.
The first stage begins on the 5th July 2014 at Leeds. From Leeds the cyclists will make their way to Skipton, the gateway to the Dales, before winding their way through the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and finishing in the spa town of Harrogate.
The First Stage Route
Leeds – Harewood – Otley – Ilkey – Skipton – Threshfield – Kettlewell – Buckden – Aysgarth – Hawes – Thwaite – Muker – Gunnerside – Reeth – Grinton – Leyburn – Ripon – Harrogate.
The second stage held on the 6th July 2014 will leave Harrogate dipping back into the Yorkshire Dales National Park briefly near to Bolton Abbey as they head to the beautiful city of York.
Since this announcement in 2013 the planning for this amazing event has begun and is steadily picking up pace. It is estimated that more than 680,000 spectators will line the route throughout the Yorkshire Dales.
Exciting times ahead for the Yorkshire Dales National Park – we can’t wait!
Appeal to save Richmond's historic Georgian Theatre Royal
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, has launched an appeal to raise £122,500 in a bid to help ensure this historic theatre remains open.
The 18th Century theatre in Yorkshire, which describes itself as the oldest theatre in its original form in Britain, is a hub in the local community, putting on a wide range of shows and events, as well as supporting a large youth theatre.
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond opened in 1788 and still has the original boxes, box office and other historic features. The 200 seat theatre is a intimate and welcoming venuw.
New Dales Festival of Art, Leyburn, 4th-6th May 2013
The inaugral Dales Festival of Art (run as part of The Dales Fesival of Food and Drink) is being run over the Bank Holiday weekend on the 4th-6th May 2013 between 10am and 5pm in Leyburn. The events aims to celebrate the artistic and creative inductreis throughout the Yorkshire Dales. The event also has free admission - and if you wanted more incentive, there are daily free artwork hidden around Leynurn - free for you to take away!
300,000 Cobbles to be Laid in Thirsk Marketplace
Contractors have been employed to re-lay around 300,000 cobbles to replace warn out sections of Thirsk’s marketplace since they were last laid in the early 1990’s.
This laborious job is sadly being held up by the consistent bad weather we are having. However, there is confidence that the work on the market square is to be completed by early May 2013.
It is very tricky for this traditional surfacing of cobbles and Yorkshire paving to be laid as it is restricted to two time windows in the year. Mild and damp conditions are the best conditions to lay this type of surface. If the temperature is too cold, like it has been, the cobbles won’t set properly. If it is too hot then they will dry out too quickly.
Fingers crossed the weather improves so the contractors can crack on with their good work!
It’s also worth mentioning that the Thirsk twice-weekly market will not be affected by the resurfacing.
This Valentine’s Day…
…whisk your loved one away for a special break in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
The Yorkshire Dales is the perfect location to leave all the daily worries behind and breathe in the stunning scenery and rekindle the romance.
The Grande Depart 2014
You couldn’t have missed the fact that Yorkshire has won the bid to host The Grande Depart 2014. But, you might have missed that many of our holiday cottages are in fact on the route or within walking distance of the first day of The Grande Depart 5 July 2014.
Hurrah! Yorkshire is to host le Tour de France 2014
Huge congratulations to the Welcome to Yorkshire team who have been devoted to persuading the French race organisers to choose Yorkshire as the starting point for le Tour de France 2014. They have batted off fierce competition from rival bids from Barcelona, Berlin, Florence and Edinburgh, but the hard work and sleepless nights have paid off – on the 14 December 2012 it was announced that Yorkshire won the bid!
The work of the late astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, will live on through Dark Sky Places
Astronomers around the world have been saddened by the death of British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore at the age of 89 at his home in Selsey, West Sussex. Well known for his record breaking TV program, The Sky at Night and other television appearances he was one of Britain’s treasured celebrities, he inspired a nation of star lovers and he encouraged the current generation of professional and amateur astronomers.
Read the full article here and find out more about the Dark Sky Places
The Yorkshire Hamper Company
Specialists in Yorkshire Artisan Hampers
David and Jemima are both Yorkshire born and bred, proud of their heritage, its people, its landscape and more especially its food and drink. Both live in the middle of glorious Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales and look out onto an ever changing patchwork of green from their office window. They have been avid customers at the local farmers markets, and independent food shops for years and after finding it impossible to buy the artisan produce as hamper gifts to give to family and friends far and wide, they made their own. . . and so The Yorkshire Hamper Company was born.
These are hampers with a difference. David and Jemima both take pride in testing every product. Every item chosen for the range is the best of the best, and so you know exactly where it is from and who makes it, an introduction to the producers is included in every hamper sold.
Hampers straight to your holiday cottage
For that special treat why not order a true taste of Yorkshire to be available in your holiday accommodation when you arrive.
Simply choose form a wide range available on our website, order online, let us know if it’s a special occasion and we’ll do the rest.
Please remember to quote the PARTNER CODE AP001 when you order.
Charming cottage that breaths history
We are pleased to welcome Pound Cottage to our portfolio of holiday homes. Pound Cottage is situated in the peaceful hamlet of Newbiggin in Wensleydale and has fantastic views and a wonderful garden to enjoy in the warmer evenings. It is a short drive from Askrigg and within walking distance across the fields if you fancy frequenting the local pubs. It is a in a fabulous position for walking and cycling holidays.
Be the first to book pound Cottage, view the details here.
Brand New Luxury Lodge, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
30 September 2013
We are very pleased to be chosen to market and let Cornfield Lodge, a brand new luxury lodge available for guests from the 1 December 2012. Cornfield Lodge is situated on the stunning grounds of South Thornborough Farm on the outskirts of the market town of Northallerton in North Yorkshire. The Lodge is perfect for exploring both the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, and has beautiful views across the cornfields and farmland beyond.
Be the first to book Cornfield Lodge (available 1 December 2012), view the details here.
New Cottage, Gunnerside, Swaledale
30 September 2012
Welcome Mill End Cottage, our latest addition to our growing portfolio of beautiful dales cottages and our first holiday cottage in Gunnerside. Mill End Cottage is a quirky restoration located in Gunnerside at the foot of Gunnerside Ghyll in the heart of this small, but popular village. Mill End Cottage sits on the edge of the beck, is only a stone's throw from the village pub The Kings Head and has numerous walks and bridleways from the doorstep.
Be the first to book Mill End Cottage, view the details here.
Wensleydale Creamery support their biggest fans
20 September 2012
A group of brave lawyers from Burges Salmon, a UK law firm, have pushed aside their duties to take part in a cycling challenge in aid of Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal. Wallace and Gromit’s Grand appeal has raised £18 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital since it was founded in 2005.
The starting point of the 320 mile bike ride was at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. The team at Wensleydale Creamery have a humorous side and donated a 21kg truckle of cheese for the jolly fundraisers to tow behind them. They also donated Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Wallace and Gromit snackpots to help give them energy on their journey!
Well done to the cyclists that took a part for such a great cause!!
Only in Yorkshire
17 September 2012
Two ale loving Yorkshire men found the first speciality online beer shop based in Harrogate, inspired by their love of ales down their local boozer and their quest to have an equal experience in the comfort of their own home! We look forward to seeing the success of www.beerhawk.co.uk and hope to see some of Yorkshire’s finest ales going global real soon.
Can anyone find Masham?
13 September 2012
Poor Masham, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, has been lost thanks to the powers that are the Highway agency!
Apparently, the highway bosses believe that Masham is not a heavily visited location therefore when the A1 road was upgraded they chose not to replace the signs leaving tourist lost and driving 11 miles out of their way…some never reaching Masham at all!
We do hope they bring back the signs soon!!
The Bedale bypass has been approved by the North Yorkshire Council
13 September 2012
The bypass plans have now been approved by the North Yorkshire Council to construct a three mile road around the town of Bedale. The hope is that this will remove the heavy traffic that uses the main road through the centre of Bedale the A684. It is said that the number of vehicles using this road is around 14,000 a day.
When the new road is constructed it will also benefit Aiskew and Leeming Bar as the bypass will skirt around these communities as well. It will also make access to the Yorkshire Dales much easier for all the thousands of tourists that make their way to this walking and cycling hub.
Work on the bypass are due to begin in 2014 and will take around 2 years to complete and at a staggering cost of £42m.
Back Le Bid
11 September 2012
Yorkshire has launched the bid for the opening stages of the 2016 Tour de France. They have submitted a route that will start in Leeds and then cycle through the Yorkshire Dales, York, Scarborough, North York Moors, Hull and finally finishing in Sheffield.
To help bring this momentous sporting event to Yorkshire please show your support, go to the Back le Bid website to complete a simple form and show your support.
New Cottage, Marrick, Swaledale
11 September 2012
We’re pleased to announce that the owners of Rose Cottage in the beautiful hamlet of Marrick in Swaledale have chosen Holiday Home Yorkshire to market and manage their property. The owner is looking forward to sharing this quaint cottage with holiday makers for the first time ever!
Be the first to stay at Rose Cottage, view the details here.
White Rose Awards 2012
7 September 2012
It’s nearly that time of year again when tourism excellence is showcased at the White Rose Awards 2012. This year this prestigious event is being held at Leeds Football Club Centenary Pavilion, on the 1st October 2012. The event looks to be as successful as previous years in terms of turnout and media coverage.
The White Rose Awards are brought to you by Welcome to Yorkshire in association with BBC Yorkshire. To find out more about the event please visit the White Rose Awards website.
We wish all the finalists luck! (Especially those lucky few who work hard in the Yorkshire Dales)
Beware of the cows
31 August 2012
Recently we have witnessed a couple of incidences where people have been very lucky to steer clear of a cow attack in Swaledale.
Cows are normally lovely animals but they are extremely good mothers who are very protective over their calves.
Most cow attacks are triggered by human behaviour so, if you are out walking, hiking, mountain biking and you come across a bull or herd of cows please remember these tips to keep you safe:
Bulls are usually more aggressive so stay away. It is easy to identify a bull as they are usually in a field on their own and a lot larger than a female cow.
The cows are not pets so never try pat a cow.
If you are hiking through cow pastures do not leave the footpath.
Never approach the calves – their mother is very protective and will do anything to keep it safe. Try to keep a safe distance from the calves.
Do not scare cattle and try to avoid eye contact.
If you are being approached by a noisy herd wait where you are until it is safe to continue.
Always face the cow never turn your back.
If in an emergency you need to use a stick/walking stick to prevent a cow from attacking do not wave it around wildly as this will only infuriate the animal. Instead use the stick to hit directly on the attacking cows nose.
Cows feel a natural sense of defence towards dogs so always keep your dog on a leash. If your dog chases cows it could cause the herd to start stampeding.
If your dog is on a leash and the cows are attacking then you must let the leash go and let the dog run away. The cows are more likely to go after the dog, this will remove the attention away from you. Do not worry about your dog it is much more likely to out run a cow then you are.
But the most important thing is to enjoy yourself so do not fear them just remember to keep safe!
New Route for the Yorkshire Three Peaks
31 August 2012
Over the years the Yorkshire Three Peak route has grown in popularity and is one of the most used routes for charity challenges in Britain. Due to its popularity it has meant that the footpath from Peyghent over Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss to Ribblehead has become very badly eroded.
Due to this work is due to commence on an alternative route to help save the important peat habitat that is being damaged. The alternative route will link up two routes that currently exist and that are part of the Pennine Way.
They are looking for volunteers to help with the lighter landscaping work. If you would like to find out how you can help visit: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/threepeaks/friendsofthethreepeaks
Read more about the Yorkshire Three Peaks in Horton-in-Ribblesdale destination guide.
Yorkshire Olympic Success 2012!
29h August 2012
Well, without being biased we all thought Yorkshire was a great county and now we know it! Congratulations to all the 43 Yorkshire Olympians that achieved sporting success and 7 gold medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze – what a massive achievement!!
To find out more about the Yorkshire Olympic achievement visit the Welcome to Yorkshire Website.
Our trip to the Wensleydale Creamery
13th August 2012
If like us you love cheese, then the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes is a must!!
We very much enjoyed our trip to the Wensleydale Creamery, the museum is great value. The museum takes you back in time to how cheese used to be made, whilst giving an insight into how tough country life used to be before all the mod cons.
As you can see from our photos we enjoyed reliving the experiences of the old farmhouse kitchen and the dairy and press rooms equipment was very authentic.
Our favourite bit was of course the cheese tasting, you can taste as much cheese as you like in the many different varieties available…Wensleydale Cheese is amazing, all of it!! More Cheese Gromit!!
It does get busy so make sure you get there early especially if it is a rainy day!
To find out more about the Wensleydale Creamery visit: www.wensleydale.co.uk
Nidderdale looks likely to receive a conservation grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Nidderdale is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is situated on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
It looks likely that Harrogate Borough Council will receive a grant of around £1.2 million to complete the conservation project in the area.
Read more here
The Olympic Torch Relay, Richmond, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Wednesday, 20th June 2012
The Market Town of Richmond came alive today, 20 June 2012, with hundreds perhaps thousands of excited people hitting the streets for the Olympic Torch relay which was traveling part of the 8,000 mile journey from Olympia to London. Today was our local leg of the route traveling from Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale, Aysgarth and Richmond.
Hundreds of people; tourists, locals, school children and their teachers, lined the Olympic torch route with flags, whistles and blow up Olympic Torches all eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the official Olympic torch, flame, runner and entourage.
The Great Knaresborough Bed Race
Saturday 9th June 2012
Despite the awful weather, the crowds turned out by their thousands to support the 90 teams taking part in this year’s Knaresborough bed race!
This crazy event is so much fun, with the parade being without a doubt the highlight of the event. The amount of creativity and effort put into this year’s costumes and bed decoration was fantastic and the Smurfs were amazing!
All teams made a great effort to get round the course – especially with the River Nidd’s fast currents and high water levels making the river crossing even more hard work.
Congratulations to Ripon runners the winners of the Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2012!
Perhaps Holiday Home Yorkshire will be taking part in 2013…we’ll see!
The Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Leyburn Food and Drink Festival was a super weekend. Over the three days some of the finest food and drink companies in the local area were showcased. It had been a very popular event with around 12000 visitors wondering around watching cookery and farming demonstrations. There was also a number of bands playing in the tent which entertained us all.
By the way, the ice cream was amazing!
To find out more about next year’s event please visit www.dalesfestivaloffood.org
Holiday Home Yorkshire Staff Update
We are delighted to announce that Hannah Wallington has joined family run business at Holiday Home Yorkshire in Swaledale as Marketing Manager.
Hannah Joins the Holiday Home Yorkshire team from PCD Marketing Agency in Leeds. Hannah’s work will focus on developing Holiday Home Yorkshire’s marketing strategy, online presence and social media channels.
2011 British Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships
This year the 2011 British Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships comes to Richmond, North Yorkshire, 16-17th July 2011.
The BC XC championship is one of the biggest prizes going in the UK and as such promises a good turn out of top riders.
The Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area provides a great place for cycling, be it mountain biking, road cycling or just a leisurely tootle around.
To hire a bike locally, or for advice, guides etc see: Dales Mountain Biking at the Dales Bike Centre, Reeth, Yorkshire Dales. Looking for accomodation, either a self catering holiday cottage or a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) take a look at our pages.
The Inn Way is series of award-winning walking guide books by Mark Reid. They offer an enjoyable and unique approach to discovering the wonderful countryside of England’s North Country... as well as its wealth of hidden and unspoilt pubs.
You might bump into Mark when out walking, or relaxing afterwards in a local pub. You can also see Mark on the TV servies The Dales.
If you are planning a walking in North Yorkshire, do check out Mark's website and books.
The Appleby Horse Fair is a long event where Romany families meet up and conduct business in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria - about 1 hour from the Yorkshire Dales National park.
The 2011 event is happening 2nd - 8th June, and worth a visit to emerse yourself in the history and excitement of the fair.
For futher details see the Appleby Horse Fair official website, or the fair page on the Visit Cumbria website.
If you are looking for accomodation, we have self catering holiday cottages and bed & breakfast accomodation in north Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has developed a free smartphone app designed to help you get the most out of a visit to the National Park.
It is initially based around Malham and Hawes and there are points of interest for you to find around the area; a selection of walking and cycling trails to get you out into the countryside and background information on other outdoor activities you might like to try.
For further information see the GO DALES website.
Also mentioned by the BBC.
The best music festival in Britain is coming!
The Swaledale Festival 2011 (28 May - 11 June) offers a range of concerts in chapels, churches, village halls, pubs, castles and barns, and guided walks in the fantastic scenery of the northern Yorkshire Dales.
The Festival presents a fortnight of musical delights and wonderful walking, and hosts top-class musicians from around the world - Russia, Palestine, Korea, Czech Republic, Canada and of course Yorkshire. From solo violinists to jazz guitarists; folk groups to brass bands; Arabic music to string quartets ..... there is music for every taste as well as poetry, drama and art exhibitions.
This is an event not to be missed! If you are in the area or on holiday nearby, pop over and get involved. See you there!
For more information see: http://www.swaledale-festival.org.uk/index.html
“Remote communities, isolated farms, lush green valleys and limestone pavements – this landscape challenges the people who live and work here – there’s nowhere else like it in Britain. But it’s the warm Yorkshire spirit of the people who live here that keeps the heart of the Dales beating” Adrian Edmondson
In a new, 12-part series for ITV1, Adrian Edmondson returns to the county of his birth, Yorkshire, to bring us the stories behind a summer in the life of the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales started tonight at 8pm on ITV1.
Spectacularly beautiful they may be – but the Dales are also a challenging environment for the people who live there in some of its remote communities.
Adrian used to spend many of his childhood summers in the Yorkshire Dales with his family, but in this series he meets a number of characters who live all year round there amidst the stunning scenery of landmarks like Bolton Abbey and Aysgarth Falls.
They include 16 year-old Philip Mellin who has just left school and is taking on the running of the family farm, alongside his mum Carol, after the death of his dad last year. There’s also shepherdess Amanda Owen who balances’ running a 900-strong sheep farm with husband Clive, while bringing up five young children – the youngest is only four weeks old.
From the Wensleydale Railway to Leyburn Brass Band and a real life Vicar of Dibley, The Dales provides a unique insight into one of England’s most iconic locations through the eyes of the people who live there...
Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth, Yorkshire Dales
Having parked in the George and Dragon pub car park, Aysgarth, we spent a lovely couple of hours walking from Aysgarth to West Burton and back. This was an easy (and quiet) loop walk passing Aysgarth Falls and treking through fields and woodland to West Burton, where we refreshed ourselves at the Fox and Hounds pub. It was then a nice stroll back to Aysgarth, and a final short climb up a couple of steep fields to the car.
Aysgarth and West Burton are easily reached by a short drive from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, and the villages of Reeth, Gunnerside, Low Row, Muker. Click here for a selection of self catering holiday cottages.
West Burton, Yorkshire Dales National Park