Sheep get a starring role in video about cycling routes in the Yorkshire Dales (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Sheep get a starring role in video about cycling routes in the Yorkshire Dales
3:07pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
SHEEP have provide the crowd scenes in a new video that celebrates the huge choice of road cycle routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
They were drafted in as extras along with a fish and chip van and a barking Border collie called Bonnie to appear in the four-minute film, which features commentary by national TV cycling celebrity Phil Liggett.
The video has been produced by North Yorkshire-based Fridge Productions for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and follows a group of riders as they cycle along sections of next year’s Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France route which passes near to Hawes.
The film’s launch co-incides with the confirmation in Paris that the start of the Tour would be in Yorkshire, including the Grand Départ that will see the world’s top cyclists pitting their skills against each other through the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
Phil said: “Being a part of this film has reminded me of the wonderful cycling terrain in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The spectacular scenery makes for great rides and it will be an extra treat for the thousands of people who come along to watch the Grand Départ.
“Fantastic cycling in a fantastic part of the country – it couldn’t get any better.”
The video can be viewed by going to the National Park Authority’s website www.cyclethedales.org.uk .
The Grand Départ will leave Leeds on July 5 for a breath-taking, 190 kilometre ride through the National Park to Harrogate. The route will pass next to Hawes in Wensleydale.
And on the following day the cyclists will skirt through the southern edge of the National Park as they ride past Bolton Abbey on their way from York to Sheffield.
The YDNPA is working hard with local communities and district and parish councils to wow the thousands of people expected to turn out for the event – which also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the creation of the National Park.
The YDNPA has been helping cafés, accommodation providers and tourist attractions by providing free bike stands and bike rings to install outside their premises to offer bike-friendly facilities for the increasing number of visiting cyclists.
Sustainable Tourism Officer Meghann Hull said: “We have had a fantastic response to the offer and all the equipment has been snapped up. We now have some basic cycle repair kits available that businesses can lend to visitors.”
Any business owner interested in applying for a kit can phone Meghann at the YDNPA’s Colvend offices in Grassington on 01756 751600. She can also be contacted for more information about the grants to parish councils.
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