Location: Aysgarth National Park Centre
Date: 5th July
Facilities: Not only will you find information about Yorkshire's rolling green hills at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, it will also house a Big Screen and viewing areas, food, toilets and limited parking for the 1,500 visiting fans. No visit to Aysgarth would be complete without taking in the beauty of the nearby waterfalls, which are easily accessible.
Living or staying locally: The area will be exceptionally busy on race day with spectators and increased traffic. Your best option is to walk or cycle to the Spectator Hub, or to the nearest part of the race route.
By train: Wensleydale railway is running additional services on the historic railway from Leeming Bar to Redmire. From Redmire you can access Aysgarth, Grinton, Reeth and other locations in Wensleydale and Swaledale by bike Limited cycle spaces are available and must be booked in advance. Visit www.wensleydalerail.com for details.
By car: Aysgarth’s rural location and position on the race route means that both access and parking is limited. Roads will be closed from 6am. Spectators wishing to watch here are advised to arrive the day before, with campsites set up to accommodate visitors.
Park & Cycle: Spectators can park at Leyburn – about 40 minutes away by bike. There are also several Park & Cycle sites in the Catterick area, close to the A1 – about two hours away by bike.
Alternative Parking: Also, nearby parking at AYSGARTH EAST. A major car park (capacity 4000 cars). Postcode: DL8 4UL. Refreshments/toilets. Walking distance to Aysgarth and West Burton. Open from Thursday 3rd onwards. Access until at least 9am on Saturday 5th from either Leyburn or Catterick direction.
Access from the disabled parking bays is via a tarmac surface to the Big Screen viewing area in the lower car park. There will be a designated are for people in wheelchairs and with limited mobility, with five spaces designated, and room in the general viewing area until the site is full.
Access to the site is generally good, including the National Park Centre and café on site.
There will be four designated disabled parking bays charged at the same rate as the rest of the car parking. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and you are advised to arrive early. Due to road closures, the car park will be closed to entry by 8am.
RADAR toilets and baby-changing facilities are available.
For more information, please contact Claire Hodgson, email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 01756 751632
Celebrated for its magnificent falls, where the River Ure tumbles over great limestone steps in three glistening white water surges, Aysgarth is not to be missed when visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Close by to the Falls is Freeholders’ Woods, an ancient coppiced woodland, which is now a nature reserve, and the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre with a café celebrated for its home-made cakes.
There are lots of beautiful walks through the woods to Carperby, West Burton and Castle Bolton and along the riverside to Askrigg and Bainbridge.
The village of Aysgarth itself should not be neglected. The old Parish Church has a magnificent rood screen which originally came from Jervaulx Abbey and the village has interesting shops and pubs.