Tour de France in the DalesThis is a stunning route largely following the route of the Tour de France through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quiet roads, great scenery and four classic climbs. This is a tough day but was picked by the pros for a reason.
The Tour de France came to the Yorkshire Dales in 2014 and this route takes in the best of the Stage 1 route including all of the three climbs – Cote de Cray, Buttertubs and Grinton Moor -taken on by the pros. On route you will pass though great scenery and pass through a series of stone built villages, many with café stops. This is a tough route overall even though the Tour organisers classified it as a sprinters stage.
To get back to the start there is an extra climb up Coverdale over Park Rash. This is a long steady climb with a steep finish and a steep, technical descent into Kettlewell, and then easy roads back to Grassington.
If available, the 'GPX' (or GPS Exchange format) files for each route are text files that can be read by GPS devices as a series of waypoints along each route.