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.
Climbs on route:
Scabbate Gate Climb, Butter Tubs via High Shaw, Whipperdale Bank Climb, Park Ln Climb, B6160 Climb, B6270 Climb, grinton climb, Buttertubs Pass South Climb, Buckden to top of Kidstones Bank, Buttetubs steep part. GK, Grinton YHA , Coverdale Climb (LFCC), Street Head Bank Climb, Kidstones Climb, Buttertubs from Hawes, Grinton Up Whipperdale Bank Climb, TDF 2014 Buckden Grind Out Baby!!!, Holmbrae Climb, Grinton Bank, Buttertubs Cattlegrid, Côte de Grinton Moor, Grinton too top of Grinton moor, Cote de Cray, Buttertubs TDF Steep, Buckden Pass, Cote de Buckden, Butternut Smash, Cote de Grinton Moor (Finishes before flagpole rest stop), Buckden to Cote De Cray, TDF Grinton to Carrefour, Col de Buttertubs (Junction to Tdf KoM), Cattle Grid to t'top, Grinton Moor Top from Grinton Side, Dave Carroll does Buttertubs , Kettlewell Klimb, Cam Gill Rd MEGA, Buttertubs - From Hawes to CG, Cote de Buttertubs (full climb), Cote de Grinton Moor (full climb), White Lion to White Line, The Buck to the Line, Stop at the top, Ooossshhh #239 Kidstones Pass, Ooossshhh #263 Buttertubs S2N, Buttertubs (middle 1km), Buttertubs CG, Ooossshhh #265 Grinton Moor
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.