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Where to stay during the Tour de France 2014

There is likely to be high demand for places to stay during the Tour de France, particularly on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July 2014, the nights before the two Yorkshire stages. For example, it is thought that 300,000 people will watch the first two stages within Harrogate district, and many of them will stay in the area.

The main options are hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, or campsites.

Where to stay during the Tour de France: hotels

Crown Hotel, Harrogate

Many of the hotels along the route of the Tour de France 2014 in the UK were already booked up in August 2013, according to a report in This is Money. They also found rates at some hotels three times higher during the weekend of the race than just before or after. 

At the start of February 2014, the Harrogate Advertiser found that most of the hotels in the town were sold out, and had waiting lists. They found three hotels with availability - the Nidd House (or did they mean Hall?) Hotel, the Cairn Hotel, and the Travelodge. The prices here were high, with the Travelodge asking £140, nearly three times the £50 rate for a Saturday in February 2014. (To be fair, July prices are probably higher than February prices anyway).

According to the Advertiser, Ashville College sold its last room at the end of January 2014. Ashville College announced in November 2013 that it would be offering accommodation for the Tour de France in dormitories in its four boarding houses, as the school term finishes 4 days before the race. Guests at Ashville will be able to use the facilities, including free wifi, swimming pool, gym, and games rooms. They can park on site, and attend a Tour de France party on the evening of Friday 4th July 2014. The Ashville College accommodation is suitable for groups.

In Ilkley, the minutes of the Ilkley Parish Council TDF organising committee suggest that all the town's hotels were sold out by the end of January 2014, except for the Craiglands.

Where to stay during the Tour de France: B&Bs and self-catering

Cycling Weekly has a few ideas for unusual places to stay during the Yorkshire stages of the Tour, including a B&B in Masham, railway carriages in York, and retro VW campervans in Huddersfield. 

There are websites which summarise the B&Bs and self-catering available in certain towns or areas, such as the Ripponden Tour de France website's accommodation page. The Fleece Inn, Barkisland is handily situated on the Cote de Ripponden (Ripponden Bank) climb, and has rooms. It will also be putting up grandstand seats outside the pub. 

There's also the possibility of renting accommodation in private houses. Airbnb would be an option, although it does look as though prices may go up for the period of the race.

Where to stay during the Tour de France: camping

Camping and caravanning are popular amongst cycling fans. There are permanent campsites on or near the route the Tour, and there will be pop-up campsites, of the type forseen by Harrogate council. Some permanent and pop-up campsites on the Tour route are listed here. For more, see where to camp during the Tour de France.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Harewood House campsite

Harewood House is organising the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, with camping in Harewood grounds over the weekend 4th-6th July 2014.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Ilkley CC campsite

Ilkley from Ilkley Moor

Ilkley Cycling Club are organising a Tour de France campsite as part of their Ilkley TDF Festival Week (Saturday 28th June to Monday 7th July 2014). The site will be at Ilkley rugby club and East Holmes field, by the river Wharfe, and will include access to Ilkley Pool and Lido. Glampit will be erecting a tent village of forty tents, which it seems will also be at the rugby club.

There will be a fantastic programme of events. It begins with the White Rose Classic Sportive on Sunday 29th June, taking in a lot of the route of Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour. 

From Monday 30th June to Friday 4th July 2014, there will be led rides, of different lengths and for different abilities. On the evening of Tuesday 1st July, there are town centre races in Ilkley; the next day, Wednesday 2nd July, it's Otley's town centre races, and there will be bus transport to get there; Thursday 3rd July is an opportunity to attend the team presentation in Leeds; and on Friday 4th July, there are evening rides and a BBQ.

On Saturday 5th July, the Tour comes through Ilkley, and there'll be a big screen in the Riverside Gardens to watch the rest of the stage. For Stage 2, on Sunday 6th July, there'll be an organised ride to see the race, and the big screen in Riverside Gardens.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Ilkley Olicanian Cricket Club

The Olicanian Cricket Club has 150 tent pitches available at £10 per night (min 3 night stay). The club is just to the north side of the river Wharfe, off Denton Road. They have shower facilities, plus food, drink, and Tour coverage in the clubhouse.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Ben Rhydding Sports Club

There'll be 125 tent pitches at Ben Rhydding Sports Club, in the Ben Rhydding area to the south east of Ilkley. They'll be open on the nights of 4th, 5th & 6th July 2014, and on Saturday 5th July there'll be entertainment, with a beer tent and live band.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stages 1 & 2): Riddings Farm, Addingham

Riddings Farm, Addingham, is setting up a Tour campsite. It is a short distance north of Main St, Addingham, up Long Riddings which runs along the north eastern edge of Bracken Ghyll golf course.

This is a quiet campsite in a farm field, with space for 80 tents. They'll do breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (5th & 6th July 2014), and tea and cakes in the afternoon. There'll be toilets and showers. A three-day camping package for a tent, a car, and up to 4 people, costs £125.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stages 1 & 2): Bracken Ghyll golf course, Addingham

A Tour de France campsite at Bracken Ghyll golf course will be open from Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8th July 2014. It'll have toilets and showers, and the other facilities will be in the clubhouse, including bar and restaurant, free wifi, and big screen. A pitch for up to 6 people costs £200 for the minimum 2-night stay.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stages 1 & 2): Oak Tree Farm, Addingham

Oak Tree Farm is just west of the A65 as it passes Addingham, on Crossbank Lane. The campsite is organised through Sue Ryder, and 50% of the fees will go to the charity. There'll be toilets but no showers. As an example price, a camping pitch for 2 people will cost £80 for 3 nights (Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014).

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Velofest, Kilnsey

Kilnsey Crag

Velofest is taking place on the Kilnsey Park Estate, on the route of Stage 1 of the Tour de France, from 3rd to 6th July 2014. It seems as though it has been organised on fairly big scale, with quite a bit going on. 

There are 3000 pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes. They'll have the usual campsite facilities, including showers, catering, and bars, plus secure bike storage, big screens, and viewing galleries. There's entertainment, with Savage Skills mountain bike stunt display team, guided cycle tours on the days before the race, an outdoor cinema, and children's activities.

A tent pitch (one tent, one car, and up to four people) costs a pricey £150, but that is for a 3 night stay.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Kidstones camping

Kidstones camping is on one of the main climbs of Stage 1, the Cote de Cray, or Kidstones Pass, just after Buckden, so it's in a great location. The campsite is to be set up on a working farm, and it will be open from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th July 2014. They will have a big screen, so campers can watch the whole of Stage 1. 

As an example of the prices, a car and tent for up to four people, for 3 nights, will cost £149.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Shaw Ghyll caravan and camping

Shaw Ghyll caravan and camping is a permanent site at High Shaw on the Cote de Buttertubs climb. It is close to the village of Hawes.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Brymoor Dairy, High Jervaulx

Brymoor Dairy, High Jervaulx Farm, is offering camping from Monday 30th June to Monday 7th July 2014. The farm is just off the A6108, north west of Masham. There's a minimum 2-night stay, and the rates are £20 per adult per night, and £10 per child (up to 16) per night. They'll also be offering paying parking on Saturday 5th July 2014.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Baldersby Park

Camping at Baldersby Park is being called Campbiko, and is open from 10am on Friday 4th July to noon on Monday 7th July 2014. For 3 nights, it's £79 per person. They will have a big screen as well as the usual campsite facilities. This campsite is just east of the A1, to the east of Ripon. It's an easy cycle to, say West Tanfield, to watch Stage 1. 

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Ripon racecourse

Ripon's 230 acre racecourse is to offer camping for the Tour de France. They'll have washing facilities, catering, secure cycle storage, and a big screen. Those that like cycling and horse racing can stay on for the race evening on Monday 7th July 2014.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Ripon Rugby Club

Camping at Ripon Rugby Club is being organised by a company called Camping Ninja, and their rather over-the-top website calls the campsite the Campingninja Fan Village. It's open from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th July 2014. They have pre-pitched tents, or you can bring your own.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Great Yorkshire Showground campsite

Great Yorkshire Showground caravan site

The Great Yorkshire Showground has obtained planning permission for a caravan and camp site, in time for the Tour de France (and continuing afterwards, on the basis that Harrogate wishes to be a major events town, and so needs all types of accommodation for visitors). See this report in the Harrogate Advertiser.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Harrogate rugby club

Harrogate rugby club is offering camping at its ground for the Tour de France, from 27th June to 10th July 2014. Mobile homes, camper vans, and tents are welcome. According to the Harrogate Advertiser, they had 500 bookings by the end of January 2014, making them £7,500. They will have showers, washing facilities, food for sale, a bar, big screens, and entertainment. The rugby club is making the Tour de France part of two weeks of celebrations, before they move to a new ground. See the pitches and prices.

Harrogate RUFC told HedgehogCycling, 'Bookings are gathering pace, with more enquiries every day. We have guests booked from all over the UK, and a few from New Zealand.'

Their events include a game of two halves between Harrogate RUFC and Harrogate Town FC (tag rugby then football) on 29th June, a live concert on Friday 4th July, and a music festival on 12th & 13th July. The price of the events is included for campers, with entrance on the gate for non-campers at £12 per event.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Nidderdale Bikefest

View of Hampsthwaite from Clint

The Nidderdale Bikefest is at Birstwith Strawberry Farm, 6 to 7 miles from Harrogate. (It's located just off Clint Bank, at Clint, near Hampsthwaite and Birstwith). There's camping from 3rd to 7th July 2014 in the farm's old strawberry fields (tents only, no caravans or motorhomes), for £20 per person per night, with a minimum 2-night stay. The Harrogate Advertiser article reports that at the end of January 2014, they had nearly 1,000 bookings, and there will be a bar and live bands, as well as the Haybale Diner campsite restaurant. There are the usual campsite shower facilities, and parking and a bike locking area.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Spofforth Cricket Ground

Harland Way cycle route, Spofforth

Spofforth Cricket Club will open a temporary Tour de France campsite from Monday 30th June to Sunday 6th July 2014. Spofforth is 5 miles south east of Harrogate, and has two pubs and a village shop. The cricket ground is near the ruins of Spofforth Castle.

The price is £10 per pitch per night, plus £2.50 per person per night. Breakfast will be served at the clubhouse, which has free wifi, and the bar will be open from 12 noon to 11.30pm. Entertainment is planned for the evening of Friday 4th July 2014.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 1): Kirkby Overblow, near Harrogate

Kirkby Overblow will have a pop-up Tour de France campsite, on working farms. Kirkby Overblow is a lovely village, with two pubs which do excellent food (the Shoulder of Mutton and the Star & Garter). It's about 4km from Harewood, so it should be possible to catch Stage 1 near the start of the race there. The finish of Stage 1 in Harrogate is about 7km north of Kirkby Overblow, but you'd need to consider your arrangements carefully given the road closures planned for North Yorkshire on Saturday 5th July. We'd guess it'd be possible to get there with a combination of cycling and walking. 

There's a minimum 2-night stay. At the time of writing (March 2014), the price for a pitch on the nights of Friday 4th & Saturday 5th July is £89.

Where to camp during the Tour de France: National Trust land at Buckden, Hardcastle Crags, East Riddlesden Hall, and Brimham Rocks

The National Trust is getting involved with the Tour de France, with pop-up campsites on four of its properties. 

Buckden is ideally placed for Stage 1. Tents and campervans are welcome, minimum 2-night stay (4th & 5th July 2014), option to stay the night of 3rd July 2014 as well. 

Brimham Rocks is north west of Harrogate. It's not bang on the route of the race, but close enough to be able to go and watch both stages, and it's a stunning location. Minimum 2 nights, 4th & 5th July 2014, 3rd & 6th July optional.

Hardcastle Crags are just north of Hebden Bridge, on the route of Stage 2 of the Tour. This site is for tents only. Minimum two nights (5th & 6th July 2014), additional nights of 3rd & 4th July optional.

East Riddlesden Hall is by the river Aire on the edge of Keighley (Stage 2 route). Tents and campervans welcome. Stay 5th & 6th July 2014, 4th July optional.

As an example price, two nights camping for two people at Brimham Rocks is £75.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Camp Velo, Knaresborough

Camp Velo is a small pop-up campsite in a field in Knaresborough, at Thornfield, Bond End. It will be open from Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th July 2014. There'll be fifty pitches altogether, for tents and smaller camper vans. The standard charge per pitch (4 people, 4 nights) is £150. 

One advantage of this location is that the finish of Stage 1 in Harrogate is not far away.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Blubberhouses Cricket Ground

The Advertiser says that Blubberhouses Cricket Club will allow 40 camping pitches and 60 cars. This is especially convenient for Stage 2, as the Tour will pass by just 100m from the ground.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey will be a magnificent setting for camping. It's about a mile from the Tour route on Stage 2, the nearest point being Bolton Bridge; and about 3 miles from Addingham, which is on Stage 1. Bolton Abbey Tour de France camping will cost £105 per pitch, for Friday 4th to Monday 7th July 2014, including one car. There'll be toilets, showers, catering, a bar, and a big screen.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Silsden

Riverside Camping in Silsden is just to the south of the town, by the river Aire. It's on the route of Stage 2, and not too far from Stage 1. (There will be a shuttle bus to Addingham for Stage 1). 

They'll have live music, a bar in a marquee, and on-site catering from various vans. Another attraction is a time trial on Friday evening, on part of the Tour route. A tent with a car and up to 4 people is £149 for 3 nights; a caravan or camper van is £199.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Cougar Park, Keighley

Keighley Cougars rugby league ground, Cougar Park, will be a campsite and hub of activity for the Tour de France. The entrance to the stadium is no more than 100 yards from the route of the race. 

There's space for tents, and for camper vans and caravans. The price is a reasonable £10 per person per night. The bar will be open from breakfast time, for breakfast, other meals, drinks, and entertainment. 

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Ripponden

Ripponden's Tour de France website has an accommodation page, with information about campsites in or near Ripponden, for example at neighbouring Barkisland, on Heath Lea Farm.

Where to camp during the Tour de France (Stage 2): Holme Moss

Holme Moss Camping is a pop-up campsite which claims to be the nearest flat campsite to the Holme Moss climb. From their map, it seems to be on the A6024 between Holmbridge and Holme (near the dam of Brownhill reservoir, slightly nearer to Holmbridge then Holme). It's on the route of the race, and we estimate that it is 2km from the foot of the Holme Moss climb. 

The site opens on Thursday 3rd July, and closes on Tuesday 8th July 2014. They expect to have food vendors on site. The price per ptich is £100 per night on Saturday and Sunday night, and £50 for the other nights.

Another campsite in a similar location, and walking distance to the Holme Moss climb, is Camp on Holme Moss at Coddy's Farm, White Gate.

For more campsites, see where to camp during the Tour de France.