Written by: Little

We’re very excited this month about what’s on in Yorkshire as the end of April sees the return of the Tour de Yorkshire following the incredible success of last year’s event.

Tour Day 1 Beverley to Settle

Stage 1 begins on Friday 29th April and sets off from the Market in Beverley. The riders will parade through the town - then to the Official Start point at Beverley Racecourse.

From there, the peloton will race through North Duffield and west to Cawood and onto Tadcaster. After that, riders will visit Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton and Knaresborough, through to Ripley, where the first King of the Mountain will be won at Greenhow Hill.

After that, it’s on to Grassington, Threshfield,  then through Cracoe and Gargrave - the riders will then cross the finish line in Settle for the first time before a sprint at Giggleswick, then a 12km loop back to the A65 and round to Settle town centre to the finish in the town.

Tour Day 2 Otley to Doncaster

Stage Two, on April 30th, begins in Otley, with the Official Start is at Pool-in-Wharfedale, before heading to Harewood Bank, and then heading southeast towards East Rigton, then Thorner, Scholes, then to Barwick-in-Elmet crossing the A1 at Aberford.

Riders then go past Lotherton Hall, into Sherburn-in-Elmet, down to South Milford and Monk Fryston before swinging south to Birkin and Beal. The route then heads through Kellingley and on to Knottingley, Pontefract (home of liquorice) and Wentbridge, before North and South Elmsall, and onto Hooton Pagnell.

There is a sprint point at Warmsworth before a lap of, and King/Queen of the Mountain, at 11th century Conisbrough Castle. The peloton will then head towards Tickhill and Bawtry before racing along the perimeter of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, past Doncaster Racecourse and onto a sprint finish on South Parade.

Tour Day 3 Middlesbrough to Scarborough

Onto Sunday 1st may; stages one and two are all about the sprinters, but day three is for the climbers - the route begins in Middlesbrough, and takes the riders on a challenging route through the North York Moors National Park.

From the start at Middlesbrough's MIMA Gallery, they travel south over the Official Start on the outskirts of Nunthorpe on the A172, through Great Ayton, and on to Stokesley, Hutton Rudby, Winton and down to Northallerton, the county town of North Yorkshire.

From there, the riders head to Thirsk’s market square where there will be a sprint, before the infamous Sutton Bank and a King of the Mountain.  Onwards to Helmsley, then to Kirkbymoorside and heading north to Hutton-le-Hole and a King of the Mountain at Blakey Ridge.

The peloton will recognise Castleton and many of the villages towards Whitby as the route is similar to that for the 2015 race.

There will be a King of the Mountain at Grosmont, where they will again pass the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and through Sleights and Ruswarp before dipping down to Whitby, then Robin Hood’s Bay, and Harwood Dale. From there it’s full speed to East Ayton and Irton, before a final King of the Mountain at Oliver’s Mount and a sprint finish in Scarborough’s stunning North Bay.

To see a detailed map of the tour, head to the official Tour de Yorkshire site, and to find out what’s on in Yorkshire this spring away from the Tour de Yorkshire crowds, head to our events page and see what other events are on. 

If you're just visiting and looking for places to stay in Yorkshire while you're here then head on over to our where to stay section for some great Yorkshire accommodation.