Rocking round the Tour de Yorkshire route with the latest Calderdale craze

Calderdale Rocks admin Gareth Helliwell with one of the Tour de Yorkshire rocks.
Calderdale Rocks admin Gareth Helliwell with one of the Tour de Yorkshire rocks.

The excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire is not lost on the organisers of Calderdale’s latest craze.

Calderdale Rocks, a group started on social media that encourages members to paint and hide rocks for other members to find and redistribute, have asked enthusiasts to line the route with Tour-themed efforts.

Some of the TdY themed rocks

Some of the TdY themed rocks

Gareth Helliwell, one of the group’s administrators and himself a keen cyclist, said that the idea is to give those visiting from outside the region a warm Calderdale welcome.

He said: “They’re very pretty and it’s a nice way to brighten the place up a little bit.

“It also gives people something to do while they are dotted about waiting for the race, it’s a nice thing for families to get upto.”

The group would like anyone who finds the decorated rocks to post an image on social media along with the hashtag #CalderdaleRocks.

The Tour is the latest in a number of themed events the group are involved in, including encouraging people to paint bees on rocks to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester bombings.

“We’ve found it’s a nice way of marking certain events,” Gareth said, “and people enjoy it. The group is getting bigger and bigger all the time.”