Nidderdale to talk le Tour

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With less than six months to go until the Tour de France whizzes through the Dales, the Nidderdale Society is holding a talk on the event.

The society will be welcoming David Shields from Welcome to Yorkshire, who will talk through the planning for le Grand Depart in July.

Nidderdale Society chairman Kevin Sheard said: “There is tremendous interest and excitement building towards this major sporting attraction which will take place later in the year.

“Welcome to Yorkshire has been very instrumental in bringing the Tour de France to our area and we are delighted that David is coming along to chat about all aspects of the event with us.”

Although the route does not descend Pateley Bridge High Street, the Nidderdale area is expected to receive a huge boost as the world’s bigggest cycle race passes close by.

The race for the first Yellow Jersey of 2014 goes through Leyburn, Masham and Ripon, finishing with a sprint finish West Park in Harrogate on July 5 and on the second day, riders will race through Knaresborough High Street and Starbeck before turning up Skipton Road to Blubberhouses before heading south for Sheffield.

The talk will be held at Dacre and Hartwith Village Hall, Dacre Banks, starting at 7.30pm on Monday, January 20. The event is free for members, and non-members will be asked to pay £2.

The Nidderdale Society works to preserve the natural character of the Dale and organises monthly speakers and walks Membership is £7 per year. Contact chairman Kevin Sheard on 01423 781 203 or email

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