You may be aware that the Tour de France is in our part of the world on Sunday 6 July 2014. It is passing through Haworth and Oxenhope, with timings shown below:
|Kilometres||Schedules (Local time)|
|from the finish||from the start||41 km/h||39 km/h||37 km/h|
I am proposing a walk from the Ogden area, to Oxenhope, possibly Penistone Hill Country Park to watch the cyclists climb the hill from Lower Laithe Reservoir near Stanbury. It will take just over 2 hours to walk there so a 9.30 am set off from Queensbury will be appropriate, this will give time to find a suitable watching position and have a picnic lunch before the cyclists pass.
The walk will be about 10.5 miles and involve 500 metres of climb.
Let me know if you are interested and I will do some more planning if enough are interested. I will need to know the road closures for the area, I may then be able to shorten the walk.
I need to know who is going on this walk so transport can be planned. So can you email me if going. We can then use car share to keep the costs down.
Sandholme car park opens at 9.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm. Parking is free. Toilets are available at the Cavendish Pavilion.
There is a mobile café on the road from Skipton to Bolton Abbey and we could obtain a sandwich from there, it should give us energy to walk up the hill.
We need to take food and a drink as there is nowhere to purchase these on route.
Of course waterproofs are required, even if dry, this will stop wind chill.
The walk is 9.5 miles, with a climb of 500 metres.
All of the climb is done in the first 3.5 miles, then downhill and flat.
We will walk through The Valley of Desolation, have lunch at Simon’s Seat depending upon the weather or lower down the valley where there will be some shelter. We then visit Drebley, where we join the banks of the River Wharfe. Then we visit Barden Tower, The Strid and return back to the Cavendish Pavilion for a cup of tea or coffee.