In our latest look at photographic locations along the route of the Dales stage of the Tour de France we’re concentrating on the first part of Stage 1 as Le Tour travels through West Yorkshire from Leeds and up into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales through Wharfedale. There’s plenty to admire on the way, not least the famous Cow and Calf Rocks at Ilkley.
Once into the Dales proper, miles of dry stone walls adorn the landscape. In the summer the scene can change on an almost daily basis as hay meadows are cut and the colour palette changes from lush green and bright yellow to more pastel shades.
Up near Kettlewell, fields of buttercups can be particularly appealing with a touch of backlighting adding a real glow to the flowers.
The route for the riders of Le Tour will get a little more strenuous as it climbs up the pass at the top of Wharfedale over into Bishopdale for the descent into Wensleydale, passing one of our favourite spots at West Burton, where we would advise cyclists to dismount and just sit for a while admiring this wonderful little waterfall…