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Grand Depart Tour de France

This year the Grand Depart of Le Tour de France, the world's most famous cycling race, will be taking place in the road cycling Mecca that is Yorkshire.

If you are planning on joining the thousands that are planning on flocking to the area, it's time to get your trip organised. Save money and get a front row seat by pitching up at one of the many campsites that will be running during the Grand Depart.

Whether you fancy a basic tent, parking your campervan or the glamping option for the weekend or if want to make a week of it, you'll find plenty of options here. Many of the campsites will have their own mini festivals running, large screen TVs up so you can follow the whole race, and bars. Essentially, everything you need for an exciting weekend of bike racing!

(We've also snuck in a cheeky few places with four walls and a roof at the end if camping isn't really your thing.)

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If you want to be right at the centre of the action for the ceremonial start of the Tour de France, then right in the middle of the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling is where you need to pitch your tent.

Sponsored by Dare2Be, there'll be a huge amount of things going on from guided rides, races, a cycling expo, film screenings - the works!

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They have lots of packages available, including entry to the Festival of Cycling as well as the pitch, so there's plenty to choose from. If you don't fancy pitching your tent yourself, there are pre-pitched options, and even glamping packages. The campsite has toilets, showers and secure cycle parking.

Accommodation Type: Campsite and festival

Location: Harewood House

Price: Packages start at £175 for a 10x10m pitch which can take 8 people, from the 4th to the 6th of July.

Sleeps: Many packages available, but a single pitch can accommodate up to 8 people.

More info: Yorkshire Festival of Cycling

[part title="Best for: Lots of camping locations and raising money for a good cause"]

Grant Depart Sue Ryder Campsites

If you're looking for something a little more organic, check out the Sue Ryder Le Camping website. The charity has teamed up with a number of landowners along the route to offer loads of different camping spots. Half of the money you pay goes to the good work of the charity. In some cases, it's 100%.

There are various durations available, from weekend spots to the whole week, so you can choose your ideal location and plan your trip around it.

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Various throughout Yorkshire

Price: Varies

Sleeps: Varies

More info: Sue Ryder - Le Camping

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Tour de France Sheep

Watch the race, admire the multicoloured sheep decorated in the colours of the Tour Jerseys, or even splash the cash for a helicopter ride!

This popup campsite in Otley is open for the five nights over the whole weekend, but they do have one night only options available if you just want to pop up on the Friday to watch the racing on Saturday.

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Otley

Price: £70 for the pitch on the 4th July, £125 per pitch for 3 nights camping, £150 for campers and caravans

Sleeps: 1 pitch = A tent, 4 people and car.

More info: Pool Road Campsite, Otley

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Leyburn tour de france

Leyburn has several popup caravan sites organised just for the Tour de France, and it's a handy location. Get up early enough and you can cut across the top of the moors and catch the Tour as it passes through picturesque Aysgarth first, with its scenic river and falls, then nip back over and cheer them through Leyburn itself.

One site even has pitches literally either side of the route, so you don't even need to venture far from your van!

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Leyburn

Price: £20 per night, 2 nights minimum stay.

Sleeps: Pitches available for caravans and motorhomes.

More info: Layburn Popup Caravan Park

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Camping pateley yorkshire

This site might not be on the route directly, but isn't far from a number of great locations for watching the tour, including the wonderfully named Blubberhouses.

The site has all the amenities, is located near a sports centre where campers can avail of a hot shower, and a bar and entertainment on site too.

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Pateley

Price: £155 per pitch from the 3rd to the 7th July 2014

Sleeps: Price is for 4 people per pitch. The site takes tents and campervans, though there is an extra charge for large motorhomes.

More info: Popup Pateley

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Holme Moss camping

As with most of the other campsites in this list, you'll get a front row seat as the peloton whizz past on the Holme Moss Switchback on the way to Holme Moss Summit. There will be the usual facilities (toilets, drinking water, security and campshop).

Even better, for those of you who want to travel light, you can purchase a full camping kit complete with tent, sleeping bags, raincoat and torch (and more) from The Lazy Camper company. They'll even ship your stuff home for you so you don't have to lug it around.

10 minutes up the road from the campsite, Lane Farm will be running a mini festival with showers, bar, food court, big screen TV and various events and festivities.

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Holme Moss

Price: £80 for a weekend pitch, £300 for the week, £250 for a campervan pitch

Sleeps: Up to 8 people per pitch

More info: Pedal and Pitch

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Tour de France campsite silsden

As you can imagine quite a lot of people are descending on Yorkshire for the Grand Depart, so camping is definitely a cheaper option to consider! Silsden has a campsite available that's literally right next to the route on Stage 2 and two miles from the route on Stage 1.

For £149 you'll get space for a tent, car and 4 people for 3 nights. If you have a camper, it will cost you £199 to pitch up for the weekend. There'll be a party atmosphere with live music and festivities galore to get you in the spirit of La Tour!

Accommodation Type: Campsite

Location: Silsden, Yorkshire

Price: £149 per tent pitch (1 tent, max. 4 people plus car), £199 campervan pitch (max. 4 people) both for 3 nights.

Sleeps: Double and twin bedrooms, and suites.

More info: Riverside Camping Yorkshire

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Saling Grove Grand Depart Caravan site

The picturesque village of Felsted, which marks the halfway point of the final day of the Grand Depart, is a great location for those who want a taste of the Tour but don't want to venture all the way up to Yorkshire.

Saling Grove's Golden Grove Caravan Park is located a short walk from the route, and has the essential amenities but no showers or electrical hook ups. It's not a big campsite which will keep things calm, but this also means it's likely to fill up quickly!

Accomodation Type: Camping and Caravan Site

Location: Felsted Village

Price: £10 per person per night camping, £12.50 per person per night in a caravan, £5 per person per night for additional guests in either.

Sleeps: No stated limit

More info: Saling Grove

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Shalford Village Hall Grand Depart

Shalford Parish Council state that in their opinion they've got the best Tour de France viewing point in Essex, so pitching up there for the Grand Depart might be a good bet. They're providing camping pitches in the grounds of the Village Hall, which literally borders the Tour de France route - good views guaranteed.

You won't have to go hungry or thirsty as the pro peloton pass by either, as there'll be a beer tent and barbecue on hand. All that's left is for the sun to shine! Fingers crossed.

Accomodation type: Campsite

Location: Shalford, near Braintree, Essex

Price: £40 (£10.00 per head up to 4 people per pitch)

Sleeps: 4 people per pitch.

More info: Shalford Village Hall

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Lee Valley Camping Grand depart

Camping? In London? Surely not! In fact, the Lee Valley has several camping and caravan sites (and of course the Lee Valley Velopark, scene of many an Olympic Victory in 2012) and they're all located just an hour from the centre of the city.

It's also incredibly well set up - power hook ups, showers, toilets, launderette, children's play area, cafe, bar, cinema - you can even go fishing should the whim take you. You've also got all the cycling facilities of the Velopark on your doorstep too, with track, MTB and road cycling available.

There's also got camping pods and cabins on site if you fancy something a little more solid over your head.

Accommodation type: Camping and Caravan Site

Location: Lee Valley, Edmonton, London

Price: £18 minimum charge per night, £9 adults, £3.50 children per night. Pods £30 per night. Cabins £45 per night.

Sleeps: No stated limit on camping or caravans. Pods sleep 2 people, cabins 4 people.

More info: Lee Valley Campsite

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If you want a little more luxury, or just four walls and a roof over your head at night, we've added three options that you might just love.

Best for: Luxury in Leeds

Malmaison Leeds

Fancy kicking your Grand Depart experience off in luxury? Break out the credit card and stay in this beautiful boutique Malmaison hotel, located in the centre of Leeds.

Formally the home of the Leeds City Tramways Office, the building has been converted into a hundred opulent rooms and suites, situated in the centre of the 'Knightsbridge of the North', so once you've waved the riders off, you can pop out for a spot of designer shopping.

More importantly, it's located a short distance from the departure point at The Headrow in the city centre, so you can enjoy your posh brekky, and wander over in plenty of time to cheer them on their way!

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Location: Leeds

Price: Around £540 per room per night

Sleeps: Double and twin bedrooms, and suites.

More info: Malmaison

Best for: Watching the Finish of Stage 1

TdF Stay Harrogate

Fancy a view over the finishing line in Harrogate? Over on AirBnB, you can rent an apartment right by the finish line, so you can pop out, cheer the riders over the line, join in the festivities or just retire to your balcony to enjoy the atmosphere from up high.

At £515 per night it's not cheap, but the apartment does sleep 4, looks beautifully decorated, and is incredibly well located for the finish line.

AirBnB is also worth checking out for other accommodation along the route, so if this one has gone, have a look at what else is around.

Accommodation Type: Apartment

Location: Harrogate

Price: £515 per night

Sleeps: 4, 2 double bedrooms.

More info: AirBnB

Best for: Budget accommodation for the big finish in London

St Pauls Hostel

Just around the corner from the final straight through London, and a short tube or bus ride from the finish at Buckingham Palace, this hostel is a great budget option for watching the end of the final Grand Depart stage.

If you fancy sight-seeing over the weekend, you've already got a great view of St Paul's Cathedral, right outside your door. The hostel has free wifi and a restaurant on site for meals, and accommodation is in single sex dorm rooms.

Accommodation Type: Youth Hostel

Location: St Pauls, London

Price: £24 pppn

Sleeps: Various, single sex dorm rooms

More info: YHA St Pauls

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