Leyburn is making its first appearance as a host location, although the riders received a rapturous reception when the Tour de Yorkshire passed through in 2018, just as the Tour de France did in 2014. The UCI Road World Championships also made two visits here in 2019.
Lying in the heart of Wensleydale, Leyburn is a town for all seasons and an ideal base for walking, sightseeing, or just watching the world go by. At 213m above sea level, it is one of the highest market towns in the UK with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
The town is best explored on foot and the network of bridleways and paths are a perfect place to start. Its centre boasts a treasure trove of quaint shops, cafés and pubs, and a popular market is still held here once a week on its picturesque Market Square.
Bolton Castle, one of the country’s best-preserved medieval castles, is just a short drive away, as is The Forbidden Corner; a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a private four-acre garden.
No visit to Leyburn is complete without a stroll along the stunning limestone ‘Shawl’ escarpment, or taking a trip to Aysgarth Falls, where thousands of gallons of water cascade over the series of spectacular natural steps.