Tour De France

Since we got back from America we’ve had a couple of caravan trips around England. First we went to a place called Oxenhope which i near Haworth and it is about 1 hour away. We came to see the Tour De France ( a bicycle race which starts in a different country every year and this year it was in Britain). My grandad came with us because he loves cycling and wouldn’t miss seeing the Tour De France race.

Bike on a house - Travellingminstrel #12
Bike on a house – Travellingminstrel #1

We stayed on a farm caravan campsite for 3 nights.

Having dinner - Travellingminstrel#
Having dinner – Travellingminstrel#2
Jed on a bike - Travellingmintrel#
Jed on a bike – Travellingmintrel#3
Our caravan - Travellingminstrel
Our caravan – Travellingminstrel#4

The day we arrived we didn’t have much time to explore the place.

the country-side- Travellingminstrel #2
the country-side- Travellingminstrel #5

The next day we walked it from Oxenhope to Haworth which was 2 miles away. There was a steam train here but we decided to walk.-

Steam train - Travellingminstrel #10
Steam train – Travellingminstrel #6
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Steam train – Travellingminstrel #7

Once we reached Haworth park there was lots of people sat on the grass (it was a beautiful sunny day) watching the Tour De France on a big screen in the center of the park.

Big screen in the park - Travellingminstrel #3
Big screen in the park – Travellingminstrel #8

There was ice cream stalls,sweet stalls,all sorts of food stalls and a bike display with some of the most expensive bikes and decorative bikes –

Bikes - Travellingminstrel #4
Bikes – Travellingminstrel #9
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bikes – Travellingminstrel # 10

. There was also a globe made out of more than 26,000 2 pence coins.

Globe - Travellingminstrel # 6
Globe – Travellingminstrel # 11

After walking around in the park we went into town up a very steep cobbled road and had a look in most of the shops.

Wooden shop - travellingminstrel #7
Wooden shop – travellingminstrel #12

I love to collect gem stones and there was a shop that was full of them so i bought a few of them.

Jed- Travellingminstrel #8
Jed- Travellingminstrel #13

We also went up to the cemetery and found the grave of the Bronte sister (author of Wuthering Heights…). We visited the house where the Bronte sisters lived and the school where Charlotte Bronte worked.

Bronte sister plack -  Travellingminstrel #9
Bronte sister plack – Travellingminstrel #14

We also went to cool off in the pub.
On the way back we chose to go on a different route home. Most of the walk is on the main roads but they aren’t that busy. Once we were on the outside of Oxenhope town mum and the Ultimate traveller (and my brother) chose to go down a country path to get home but I didn’t think it was the right way so I carried on the road and into the town and into the park. My grandad agreed with me so he came as well. We arrived at the campsite 10 minutes before they did.

 

The next day was the big day. The cyclists weren’t going through this area until about 1 o’clock. Our campsite was right on the doorstep to the road where they were going to pass so it was practical. We found a good place on the road to watch them and set up some chairs (in the end we didn’t use them).

Grandad - Travellingminstrel#
Grandad – Travellingminstrel#15

Even though it was only 11 o’clock there was a massive crowd already waiting.

Jed in the road - Travellingminstrel#
Jed in the road – Travellingminstrel#16

Before all the cyclists arrived there was a big line of advertisement cars driving past and they threw stickers,water,pens and so on at people. We got a few of them. The atmosphere was electric.

Before the cyclists came I climbed up on the wall, stood up and got ready to take a video. Mum took all the pictures. When they cycled past there was 3 cyclists

The beginning of the race - Travellingminstrel#
The beginning of the race – Travellingminstrel#17

in front before the main group arrived. The good thing about this road was that it was going up hill so you could see them cycling up hill and see them for a bit longer.

The race - Travellingminstrel#
The race – Travellingminstrel#18

But it was still only for 3 minutes before they had gone. It was really good to see all the different colours rush past.

It’s certainly a lot better than watching it on tv.

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