The Tour of Britain route has been announced. Here are the glorious locations where you can catch a glimpse of the riders this summer. Strap on the lycra and saddle up!
For well over sixty years, the Tour of Britain has sped across the UK’s farthest and finest routes. The Tour of Britain: a thrilling spectacle that combines top-notch athleticism with some of the UK’s prettiest places. What better excuse to take a short break, unwind and catch up with those parts of the country you’ve not got round to visiting just yet?
Here are the spots that this year’s Tour of Britain route will pass through.
Pembrey Country Park to Newport
Sunday 2nd September
Treat your eyes to the glory of Wales’ unspoilt landscapes and inspiring coastline, whilst the riders limber up for the journey ahead. There are acres of unspoilt tranquil woodland and an eight-mile sandy beach to enjoy, so bring your pets and get roaming. Even without the thrill of seeing the starting line, the Carmarthenshire countryside is perfect for embracing a little escapism.
Cranbrook to Barnstaple
Monday 3rd September
North Devon’s dramatic coastline and arduous inclines provide the backdrop for Day 2. A tourist hotspot thanks to the glorious countryside and fabulous coastal scenery, the region is home to the glorious beach of Woolacombe, part of the race schedule. Enjoy the late summer air while treating the taste buds to a cream tea – cream first in Devon!
Tuesday 4th September
From Bristol to Cheddar Gorge and back again, the South West’s busiest city is a thriving hub of activity and cultural highlights. From the engineering wonder of Brunel’s Suspension Bridge to the café-heavy Harbourside area, you’re never lost for anything to do, see or eat. The riders finish at Clifton Down, offering dramatic views across the city.
Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa
Wednesday 5th September
Starting in the Warwickshire market town, the cyclists cover a whopping 183km trek south to the regal architecture and leafy parks of the English town. Leamington Spa is rich in history, with its Royal Pump Rooms housing the gallery and museum. Or if your brain’s had enough stimulation for the day, simply take a stroll through the well-tended Joseph Gardens, admiring the bloom.
Cockermouth to Whinlatter Pass / Barrow-in-Furness to Whinlatter Pass
Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September
The Lake District’s Whinlatter Pass is a poetic display of natural English beauty, offering breathtaking views across Cumbria’s spectacular forestry and rugged mountain hills. It’s a popular destination for keen cyclists, the unspoilt countryside a refreshing tonic to the clutter of urban cycle paths. The Pass is being used for two end routes over two successive days, the tough, steep gradient offering a stern test to the endurance of the competitors’ calves.
West Bridgford to Mansfield
Saturday 8th September
Nottingham’s West Bridgford might be best known for its cricket ground, Trent Bridge, but it’s also the start of the Tour’s penultimate – and longest – stage. The 223km course promises to test the final reserves of energy before Sunday’s finale. If you’re in Mansfield for the finish line, be sure to take a stroll through Sherwood Forest and bask in the echoes of Britain’s most famous of folk heroes.
Sunday 9th September
The thrilling, sweat-drenched last leg promises to be a knuckle-biting climax, in which the exhausted competitors are tasked with a 14-lap circuit of our capital's most iconic landmarks. There’s more to do in London than you can fit into a year of visiting, but why not book a pod on the Eye in advance and grab yourself a stunning bird’s eye view of the action?
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Enjoy the cycling!