Cycling is Fun: Le Tour is coming!

Illustration by Ben Javens.

Illustration by Marcus Oakley.

This weekend, we are going on a BIG adventure to see Le Tour de France's riders whizz by some of England’s historical towns and picturesque countryside. Besides manic flag waving and jumping up and down to spur on the great cyclists, there is so much to see and do along the route! Join us on our Tour de l'England!

Saturday 5th of July
Leeds to Harrogate
Stage One sees the riders zoom through Yorkshire, the biggest county in the UK. This route takes the cyclists across the famously stunning Yorkshire Dales. Pack a picnic to enjoy next to one of the many waterfalls, or wear your walking boots and explore one of the three national parks.
Gothic cathedral York Minster, the largest cathedral in Northern Europe, will be open for candle lit evening walks on the 5th. Climb the central tower and enjoy a twinkling view of the city at night.
Or go underground and venture into White Scar Cave in the village of Ingleton - see the Witch’s Fingers, Judge’s Head and Devil’s Tongue!

Sunday 6th of July
York to Sheffield
The Second Stage travels through York, a city steeped in history, and home to Britain’s most picturesque street, The Shambles.
Go back in time and take a trip on a steam train along the very railway from E Nesbit’s The Railway Children at Haworth, or go and find out more about York's notorious ancestors at Yorkvik. Stokeld Park in Wetherby will be throwing a French Festival all weekend, including crafts and circus workshops!
If the weather turns inclement, take shelter in one of the city's many museums. ‘Eureka! National Children’s Museum’ in Halifax will be studying the science of sport, and helping little visitors create their own bunting in celebration of the race.

Monday 7th of July
Cambridge to London
Anorak declares the 7th of July a National Cycling Day. That's right, no school or work!
En route towards London, stop by one of our favourite places ever, Mountfitchet Castle where the whole family can wander in and out of medieval huts, sit by the log fires and even feed deer and goats that roam around the site. Mountfitchet is also home to The House On The Hill Toy Museum, which houses the largest toy collection in the world (and most definitely our number one museum)!

Bring your wellies (and some sandwiches!)and trek through Epping Forest as Le Tour travels from Essex to London for the last sprint. There are countless places to visit in London but if you need some help planning the perfect day out, we have just the guide for you: Anorak's We Love London postcard guide.

Are you doing anything to celebrate this amazing cycling event with your family? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #anorakmagazine and #cyclingisfun.

Enjoy Le Tour les amis!

Words by (our new pal and Anorak writer) Words by Jen Wright.