Yorkshire camping for Tour de France boon

Campsites around Yorkshire are gearing up for a bumper weekend in July as the world's premier cycling event makes its way to the historic county.

The Tour de France has a system in place whereby, every two years, the race goes on a 'Grand Depart' to another country for its opening stages. In 2014 it will be making the trip to Yorkshire, before it then heads back to France for the more traditional route.

As such, tourism businesses across Yorkshire are gearing up for what could prove to be a busy weekend as people from across Britain descend on its towns and villages with the hope of catching a glimpse of their cycling heroes.

The itinerary involves a press conference on Wednesday 2 July, before participating teams are then presented at Leeds Arena the following day, letour.com notes. Then the race will start in earnest, with riders tackling the 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday 5 July. The Sunday then involves a 200km ride from York to Sheffield, before moving south the following day for a 170km journey between Cambridge and London.

Some are expecting the Grand Depart to be so popular they have set up a campsite specifically for the event.

David and Julie Asquith are to open 'Pool Road Campsite' in Otley for the event, whilst also hoping the Otley Cycle Race, which takes place the week before, will also help bring in visitors who want to participate and not just watch.

Commenting on their venture, the pair told ilkleygazette.co.uk: "Pool Road Campsite is providing camping with entertainment during Le Grand Depart - Le Tour Yorkshire in the UK, when the race travels through the historic and scenic town of Otley."