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Tour de France in Bradfield

High Bardfield

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 passes through High Bradfield. (Leaving the village, the riders tackle the Côte de Bradfield climb).

High Bradfield is a farming village, 6.5 miles north west of Sheffield city centre. It is within the Peak District National Park. 

Although Bradfield was not mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is an old settlement. Bailey Hill, Bradfield, is a mound that may be a Norman motte and bailey fortification. Castle Hill could be even older - it is shown on old maps as a supposed Saxon encampment or look-out post.

St Nicholas church is a Gothic Perpendicular construction from the 1480s which dominates the village. The village pub is the Old Horns Inn. (Opposite it stands a building which served as the workhouse from 1759 to 1847).

St Nicholas church, Bradfield   Old Horns Inn, Bradfield

There's a brewery on a farm at High Bradfield - Bradfield Brewery on Watt House Farm. The Kirk Edge Monastery, a Carmelite convent, is on Kirk Edge Road, above High Bradfield.

Kirk Edge monastery

Tour de France in Bradfield

Bradfield will be a good place to watch the 2014 Tour de France, as there's a climb up from Ewden Beck, then another steep climb out of High Bradfield (the Category 4 Côte de Bradfield).

Côte de Bradfield Tour de France climb   Top of Bradfield Tour de France climb

The main event in Bradfield is called 'the Steel Stage', or l' Etape d' Acier.' It's organised by FGOWI Events, Langsett Cycles, and the Bradfield Brewery - with the camping and the festival on land belonging to Bradfield Brewery/Watt House Farm. 

The camping is at two different locations. The first, 'Simply Camp', is on Penistone Rd, on the Tour route into Bradfield; the second, 'Premium Camp', is on Kirk Edge Road, on the Tour's Côte de Bradfield climb out of Bradfield. The Kirk Edge Road campsite is more expensive, because it's at a better viewing point on a climb. 

In between the two campsites, there'll be a festival, called The Steel Stage. It'll have a big screen, showing the first two stages of the Tour. There'll be live music, a beer festival (Bradfield Brewery), cultural activities, and a mini film festival. The Steel Stage home page says entry is free.

There'll be cycling events to take part in. On the evening of Friday 4th July, there's a hill climb organised by Langsett Cycles and Sheffrec CC, from Low Bradfield to the Old Horns pub in High Bradfield. Then on Saturday 5th July, there's a sportive organised through British Cycling on some of the roads of Stage 2. 

There's another campsite organised by Cotton Star camping, in woodland at Windy Bank, near Low Bradfield, and one on the Tour route just short of High Bradfield, called Cowell Cycle camping.

View from top of Bradfield Tour de France climb