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Tour de Nidderdale!

As we look forward to the Tour de Yorkshire in May 2015, we’re delighted to be promoting our very own Tour de Nidderdale,  a ‘figure of eight’ route centred on Pateley Bridge, equally enjoyable when undertaken by bicycle, motorcycle or by car. The route can be tackled in a single ride or split into two loops. It has been designed with the experienced cyclist in mind but can be equally well enjoyed by the motorist.

The Tour guide can be downloaded here Tour de Nidderdale route and includes details of places of interest along the route, as well as an invitation to ‘spot’ the green and gold plaques that are proudly displayed in many of our villages celebrating the Tour de France in our area.

Printed copies of the Tour are also available at the Nidderdale Plus office and the Masham Community Office.

The Tour de Nidderdale was devised and prepared by a partnership arrangement between Sport Nidderdale and Nidderdale Plus and supported by Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Fund and Harrogate Borough Council Community Chest.


A weekend to remember

The world famous bike race has been and gone, it thundered through Nidderdale to the most amazing  support. Thousands lined the roads to get the best view.  ‘Cote de Blubberhouses’ was a marvel to see, a sea of spectators watched as the peloton climbed Kex Gill and beyond.

Image supplied by https://twitter.com/tri_c_livesey
Image supplied by https://twitter.com/tri_c_livesey

For further images of the Grand Depart weekend, please see our ‘Tour de Nidderdale’ page.

Business information for Tour de France preparation

Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Following the  recent meeting covering the preparation for the Tour de France coming to the region on 5th & 6th July, we received so much interest and questions relating to the event, we are making the REVIEW newsletter covering the event available to all businesses in the HG postcodes, along with links if you have any further questions about issues faced by businesses relating to the challenges the Tour de France brings.

May REVIEW newsletter can be downloaded here:

http://www.harrogatechamber.org/2014review.htm (click on ‘May 2014’)

The following two links provide a wealth of business information including more detail of the road works and road closures and of the Fan Park and Foodie Festival stalls:

North Yorkshire County Council http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour

Harrogate Borough Council http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/tdfbusiness

You will also find contact information in the latter two links where you can go for further advice and information.


Best dressed community

Welcome to Yorkshire is launching a competition which will run in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post to find the best dressed places in Yorkshire in the run up to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Applicants can enter one of 3 categories according to the size of their community, they’ll be judged by a panel and the winner of each category will win tickets to the Opening Ceremony & Team Presentation as well as a winners’ plaque.

Please look out for this in the papers and encourage people to enter this competition.

Full details are here – http://letour.yorkshire.com/bestdressed

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Where to Shop and Eat in Nidderdale

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We’re circulating our latest promotional leaflet this week, detailing all the fantastic shops in Nidderdale and great places to eat – thanks to all the businesses who’ve taken part. There’s a Tour de France theme to it and we hope all our visitors will make the most of their stay here and support our local businesses. The majority of our printed leaflets have gone this week to locations outside Nidderdale (to attract visitors in!) but we have some circulating in the dale as well, including a few in our office – hope you like it!

Where to Shop & Eat in Nidderdale

Dales Yellow Bikes!

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How will YOU celebrate the Tour de France in Nidderdale? Do you live, work or go to school in Nidderdale? Join our project and decorate a bike (or bike paraphernalia) with a YELLOW theme and display (in your garden, drive, school, front window…….??) from end of May to end of September – there’s a competition for the best dressed bike and a trail to help residents and visitors seek out those yellow bikes across Nidderdale! Tell us NOW if you’re going to participate – and, if you’re a business, let us know if you’re willing to donate a small prize too. Contact us via this website or email katy@nidderdaleplus.org

Full details below:


1)      Residents, businesses, schools, village halls, churches across the Nidderdale Plus area – are invited to decorate a ‘bike’ – or bike paraphernalia – of any size, with a YELLOW THEME – to celebrate the TdF coming to Yorkshire.

2)      Bikes should be displayed in gardens, windows, rooftops, schools, village greens, church porches etc for the period 26 May (Bank holiday) to 1 Sept (end of school summer holidays).

3)      To enter our competition, participants should email/post a photo of their bike, with details of location, to Nidderdale Plus. Nidderdale Plus will email by return a ‘We Love Nidderdale’ poster to the participants which must be then attached to the bike or displayed alongside it – this poster explains the competition and how to enter etc.

4)      Photos will be uploaded by Nidderdale Plus onto a dedicated Facebook page ‘DalesYellowBikes’, managed by Nidderdale Plus

5)      Encourage your family, friends, neighbours and passing tourists to ‘like’ the  DalesYellowBikes Facebook page or email Nidderdale Plus to express their support. They can also send us their photos of their favourite yellow bikes, for inclusion on the page

6)  All those that participate by ‘liking’ the Facebook page (directly to Facebook or by emailing Nidderdale Plus expressing support) will be entered into a prize draw in September – prizes donated by local businesses. In addition, all photos will be judged at a display at the Nidderdale Show and 2 winners – one for the best decorated bike and one for the best ‘looking like a bike but isn’t’ (eg knitted, wooden etc) – will receive prizes!

7) Prize winners will be announced at the Nidderdale Show 2014, alongside a display of a selection of photos from the competition

8)   If anyone has an old bike or bike paraphernalia they no longer use or need, please bring to the Nidderdale Plus office – we will decorate with a yellow theme for the summer 2014 (or give to anyone else wishing to join in DalesYellowBikes). We will donate all unwanted bikes to Harrogate Rotary Club Bicycle Recycling scheme – visit www.rotary-ribi.org. in September – NB we will not paint the bike yellow as this renders them un-fit for recycling.