Top 10 Camping Spots along the Tour De France Route
Dave Johnson | On 29, May 2014
As everyone goes wild for the Tour de France this year, people have been renting out their homes. However, if you’re looking for a much cheaper alternative and a bigger adventure, then why not camp along the route?
We think camping is the best way to see this exciting event and have a little adventure with your friends or family. You can even take your bike along and be a part of the journey. The official Le Tour de France has a guide to each of the stages of the Tour de France complete with a countdown.
We’ve discovered the Top 10 camping spots, predominately picturesque villages which should enable you to miss out on the ‘riffraff’.
The Top 10
- West Tanfield – West Tanfield will have route-side camping during Stage 1 of the Tour, perfect for viewing the race. Look here for booking information. Also host to a 3-day festival for families during the Tour, you can guarantee there won’t be a shortage of entertainment, food or drink.
- Grassington – Wood Nook Caravan Park near Grassington in Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful views and spectacular scenery around, and with Stage 1 of the Tour, Leeds to Harrogate, going through the dales, what better opportunity could there be to pitch a tent in a peaceful environment and witness one of the world’s biggest sporting events at the same time? If you’re looking for more than the Tour de France, you can also find pony trekking and fishing spots nearby.
- Peak District National Park – In Stage Two of the competition the route takes us from York to Sheffield. The Peak District is renowned for camping and its wonderful landscapes, and is the perfect place to witness the second stage.
- Burley-in-Wharfedale – Camping and food facilities are available to enjoy during the Stage 1 route. Burley-in-Wharfedale will also be shutting down a dual carriageway, providing a mile long view of the race.
- Epping – Epping in Essex, part of Stage 3 of the Tour (Cambridge to London), is a market town, and home to Epping Forest, a great place to visit. Lee Valley campsite nearby still has bookings available and Trip Advisor offers a discount on pitch fees.
- Holmfirth – Holmfirth is a beautiful town in Holme Valley (part of Stage 2 of the Tour), close to Huddersfield. The town is well-known as the filming location for Last of the Summer Wine.
- Harrogate – Harrogate is a spa town in North Yorkshire, and was recently voted the happiest place to live in the UK. It has plenty of facilities and places to visit for those who want to witness Stage 1.
- Langsett – Le Hub Camping in Langsett is perfectly positioned to provide great views of the event in Stage 2.
- Harewood House – Harewood House is one of the grandest houses in Yorkshire, and has on-site camping available for the duration of Stage 1.
- Saffron Waldon – Saffron Waldon is a medieval market town with bucket loads of history to take in. Why not give it a visit, and get a heady dose of culture as you witness the sporting event of a lifetime?
Don’t forget to stock-up on your camping essentials before you go. If you’re camping in the UK, you’re going to need some good weather-proof clothing for you and your family. Check out E-Outdoor for waterproof jackets from known brands at affordable prices. Then all you have to do is pack up and go. Don’t miss out on the sporting event of a lifetime!