• Leaders
  • Caravan
  • Start town
  • Finish town
  • Feeding zone
  • Checkpoints
  • Sprint
  • Last kilometre
  • Hors catégorie climb
  • Points of interest
  • Cobblestones sectors

On the road

North Yorkshire

County town: Northallerton (Pop: 15,740)
Population: 1,072,600 (2005)
Districts: Selby, Borough of Harrogate, Craven, Richmondshire, Hambleton, Ryedale, Borough of Scarborough, City of York, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees
Surface: 8,654 km2
Largest town: York (Pop: 202,400)
Economy: agriculture, mines, power, high technology, tourism.
Specialities: Yorkshire pudding, ginger bread, liquorice, rhubarb, beer, chocolate in York, Wensleydale (cheese)
Tourisme: York (cathedral, old town, museums), Ripon cathedral, castles of Ripley, Helmsley, Richmond, Skipton, Scarborough and Middleham. Abbeys of Rievaulx, Byland and Selby.

West Yorkshire

Population: 2 ,227,000 (2011)
Districts: Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford. 
Surface: 2,029 km2
Largest town: Leeds (Pop: 750,700)   
Economy: wool (Bradford), linen (Leeds), industry, mines (Wakefield, Leeds).  Today finance, banking and insurance (Leeds), call centres (Wakefield), supermarkets. 
Specialities: Yorkshire pudding, ginger bread, liquorice, rhubarb, beer.
Tourism: Leeds (Leeds City Museum, Royal Armouries Museum), Brontë cottage in Haworth, ruins of the castles of Pontrefact and Sandal, Emley Moor, Ilkley Moor, industrial heritage in Bradford, Harewood House.

South Yorkshire

County town:  Barnsley until 1986, and remains home to the South Yorskhire Joint Secretariat.
Population:1.34 million (2011)
Districts: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield.  
Surface: 1,552 km2
Largest town: Sheffield (Pop: 530,000)
Economy: old coalmines, markets (Doncaster), steel (Sheffield) new technologies.
Specialities: Yorkshire pudding, ginger bread, liquorice, rhubarb, beer.
Tourism: Sheffield (museums, gardens), Barnsley (Cannon Hall, Wentworth Castle), Magna Science Adventure Centre (Rotherham). Horse racing in Doncaster.

Km 31.3 : Knaresborough

Château de Knaresborough © FlickreviewR, WikipediaViaduc de Knaresborough sur la rivière de Nidd © Markdarb

Mother Shipton is the most famous fortune-teller in England and she was said to be born 500 years ago in a cave in the Knaresborough forest. Close to the cave is a popular petrifying spring.

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