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7 September 2022
Duncombe Park, Helmsley
Note: stage routes for the Tour of Britain 2022 are provisional and will be finalised in July
Stage four of the Tour of Britain, which starts in the seaside town of Redcar and finishes at Duncombe Park in Helmsley, promises to be a must watch day of racing.
The start will be the first time the borough of Redcar and Cleveland has hosted the Tour of Britain, while the finish marks the race’s return to North Yorkshire in 13 years. Popular seaside towns such as Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Whitby will be raced through before the route heads into the North York Moors National Park. The unforgiving final 30 kilometres of this 150-kilometre stage feature the climbs of Carlton Bank (2km long, 9.8% average gradient) and Newgate Bank (2km long, 6% average gradient) before descending into the finish at Duncombe Park, one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates.
North Yorkshire’s communities are well known for their wholehearted embrace of major cycling events, from the Tour de France Grand Départ to the Tour de Yorkshire and UCI Road World Championships, so large crowds are anticipated for this stage.
More details of stage four will be announced in Summer 2022.
Host venue for the first time
With a proud heritage in steel and industry and its proximity to the North Yorkshire Moors, Redcar is home to an endless stretch of Yorkshire coastline, with picturesque beaches and some breathtaking landscapes.
Known for its golden sands, under which lay the remains of an occasionally-revealed 7000-year-old forest, Redcar is framed by the swimming-quality waters of the North Sea and a bustling town centre, where you’ll find high street names, quirky independents, amusement arcades, fish and chips and the legendary lemon top ice cream. The town’s iconic landmark, The Redcar Beacon, rises 80ft into the skyline and provides spectacular panoramic views of Redcar and its neighbouring towns, including Marske and Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
The value of Redcar cannot be overstated. With a packed programme of events and family attractions, including the world’s oldest surviving lifeboat at Zetland Lifeboat Museum, the rich heritage of Kirkleatham Museum and Kirkleatham Walled Garden and the action-packed horse racing calendar at Redcar Racecourse, a fun-filled visit is definitely in store for those who come along.
Host venue for the first time
Nestled in the North York Moors National Park, the beautiful market town of Helmsley will be the backdrop for the finish of stage four. With its honey-coloured cottages, market cross, meandering beck and 900-year-old castle, Helmsley is a true Yorkshire gem.
The town is known for its traditional coaching inns, welcoming accommodation, gastro experiences and pretty market square. It’s here in the market square that you’ll find a rich variety of independent shops, local delis, cafes, market cross and the Feversham Monument.
A short stroll from the town centre is the beautiful green space of Duncombe Park, which will play host to the world’s best riders. With its ancient trees, walled garden, and castle backdrop, Duncombe Park is truly beautiful.
A few miles from the town lies the spectacular and very accessible landscape of the moors, which will provide the riders with an incredible cycling experience. Rolling hills, steep climbs, rich wildlife, and the moorlands’ famous heather makes the North York Moors one of most incredible landscapes on the planet.
The North York Moors National Park – which celebrates its 70th birthday this year – prides itself on its access for all, and Helmsley, its only market town, acts as its gateway.
Lisa Spratling and Harry Berger of Carlton Lodge, a cycling-friendly B&B in Helmsley, said: “This is an incredibly special and unique experience for Helmsley, and we couldn’t be prouder knowing the town has been chosen to host the Tour of Britain.”
North Yorkshire is the largest county in England with around 40% of the county covered by stunning national parks, including most of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The vast amount of open countryside and expansive coastlines makes North Yorkshire a breath-taking county.
North Yorkshire boasts picturesque villages, bustling market towns and welcoming seaside resorts, as well as landmarks and attractions that bring millions of tourists to the county every year.
In the past, North Yorkshire has welcomed many cycling events and has a legendary status for its challenging climbs and rural landscapes but always rewards cyclists with the best views.
North Yorkshire has something for everyone and promises the best community spirit as the Tour of Britain passes through.
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