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Yorkshire – bikes and Britten

Yorkshire is great place to live and work, and I don’t just say that because I was brought up here and now live just south of York.

As the largest county in England it contains unrivalled and very distinct landscapes of unequalled beauty; it has a proud history, placing it firmly at the centre of English political and cultural life; and today it boasts a rich tradition of sporting prowess which last year saw Yorkshire win more medals at the Olympic Games than most countries.

It is these qualities (highlighted by the excellent work of 'Welcome to Yorkshire') that are behind the fact that exactly one year from now to the day, the Grand Départ of the Tour de France will be taking place in Yorkshire, for the very first time. It will be a fabulous occasion: Stage 1 takes riders on a 190km ride from Leeds to Harrogate, via Harewood, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Kettlewell, Aysgarth, Hawes, Reeth, Leyburn and Ripon; while Stage 2 follows a 200km route from York to Sheffield, via Knaresborough, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Elland, Huddersfield and Holmfirth.

But you don’t have to wait twelve months to enjoy the thrills of a cycling event. They take place throughout the year in Yorkshire, albeit on a smaller, less competitive scale. Here at Inntravel, we are not only sponsoring our local cycle ride, The Yorkshire Wolds Challenge, but we are also entering an Inntravel team comprising Libby Fletcher, Jacquie Vivian, Karl Watson and Peter Hunt (the first three of whom are pictured here with Rob Davies of Ryedale Special Families on the left). They will join other participants on a 146-mile route over two days through the beautiful rolling hills of the Wolds. The event takes place on the weekend 13-14 July – and it’s not too late to enter.

It’s not a race, there’s no yellow jersey – the reward comes from completing the route safely while raising money for a local charity, Ryedale Special Families.

As the event covers two days, there’s an organised overnight stay, with barbecue, bar and live music. But if sitting round a camp fire listening to a band isn’t quite your thing, there is another musical event happening soon in Yorkshire that may appeal. From 12-28 July the Ryedale Festival will be taking place at a series of venues in the small towns, country houses and villages that are scattered around our offices here in North Yorkshire.

This year Inntravel is also the proud sponsor of the Opening Concert at St Peter’s Church in Norton, on Friday 12 July. This features the Ryedale Festival Community Opera, Kirkbymoorside Friday Orchestra and Chetham’s School Ensemble who will be performing a very special concert – Benjamin Britten’s Noyes Fludde, and the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Ryedale Concerto, amongst other pieces.

Each year, the festival showcases young talent from around the world, and Inntravel is also proud to be sponsoring the European Union Chamber Orchestra who will be playing at Pickering Parish Church on Wednesday 17 July. What makes this concert especially exciting is that the cello soloist is Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012.

With concerts at Duncombe Park, Sledmere House, Ampleforth College, Castle Howard and Hovingham Hall, this year's Ryedale Festival showcases the rich heritage of Yorkshire just as the Grand Départ will show off Yorkshire’s spectacular landscapes.

So whether it’s cycling or culture (or indeed, both!) that you enjoy, there’s no better place to be this month than in Yorkshire.

Posted: 05/07/2013 09:51:16 by | with 0 comments
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