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 RIDE: Ripponden is a great place to cycle from. We’re keeping an eye out for all the local cycle routes and rides in the run up to the Tour’s visit to Ripponden.
WHAT’S ON: We’ll also keep you up to date with all the other Tour-related activities in Ripponden – there are lots of things to get involved with and even more to do when the Tour arrives!
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: Ripponden has a growing reputation as a place to enjoy fine cuisine & the best in wines and local beers, with a wonderful selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
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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