On the afternoon of Sunday 6th July 2014, the world’s greatest cycle race and largest free spectator event – Le Tour de France – passes through our picturesque village of Ripponden, nestled in the Ryburn Valley of Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
The village will be hosting a weekend of activities, culminating in the race’s visit: after the riders have tackled the famous Cragg Vale climb, they will descend into Ripponden to the base of Ripponden Bank. It may not be Alpe d’Huez but Ripponden Bank is not a hill for the faint hearted and will make a superb spectator vantage point, just yards from the village centre.
Whether you are visiting during the Tour, or planning a longer stay, there’s always lots to do and see in the Ripponden area – here are a few highlights:
WHERE TO STAY: The village is increasingly popular as a tourist destination and there’s a fine selection of hotels, inns, B & Bs and self-catering accommodation both in Ripponden and the surrounding hills.
WHERE TO SHOP: whether you’re a cyclist or a visiting tourist, the Ripponden area also has lots of shopping opportunities for you to enjoy during your visit, from boutiques to traditional local shops!
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