Le Grand Depart

Hawes3We found ourselves in the market town of Hawes last week, which is on the first stage of this years Le Tour de France.  It was brilliant to see just how much the town has taken the Tour to heart, with the whole centre decked out in bunting, many painted bikes lining the route and even red spots (which I later learnt is the colour of the jersey awarded to the King of the Mountains) painted onto many houses and businesses.

Hawes2There were many other examples of street art to welcome the Tour, including the bicycle on the wall above with the spokes made of bottles!



Even our friend ‘Herdy‘ was getting in on the act!

These photos were taken 12 days before the Tour was due, so goodness knows the extent of the decoration of the route now.  We drove some of the route including Buttertups Pass, and I was glad not to be on a bike, as the hills are very steep!  Good luck and safe riding to all those participating in the Tour.

By the way if you are looking for refreshments in Hawes, try Laburnum House Tea Rooms, we had a really lovely stop there for a drink and Yorkshire Tea Bread accompanied by locally produced Wensleydale Cheese, and don’t forget to visit the Creamery as well!



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