Tour de France helping boost region’s appeal

Views of the Shibden Valley from Northowram.
Views of the Shibden Valley from Northowram.

Calderdale tourism has been given a lift ahead of next year’s Tour de France.

Travel guide company Lonely Planet has judged Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit in 2014.

Its latest best selling yearbook says there has been a renaissance in Yorkshire and states in its Best in Travel 2014 publication: “Recently this rough-around-the-edges gentleman of the north has kicked away the walking cane.

“In 2014, this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins its grand départ from Leeds.”

Yorkshire only trailed behind the mountainous area of Sikkim in India and the beautiful barren landscape of The Kimberley on the Western Australian coast.

Regions are selected based on the impressions of Lonely Planet contributors and their travels over the last year.

Tom Hall, a Lonely Planet contributor who studied History at the University of Leeds, said: “Yorkshire is a special place.

“It has a great mixture of history, shops and good cities, and a wealth of outstanding outdoor areas.

“In terms of 2014, the Tour de France gives Yorkshire something of a wow factor.

“It’s an unusual event and cycling is highly popular at the moment. Just having an event like that isn’t enough though, the place needs to have really fantastic credentials any time of the year and we feel Yorkshire has that.”