Best Places to Stay Around Sheffield for the 2014 Tour De France
The world’s largest single sporting event, the Tour De France will arrive in Yorkshire this summer. Beginning on Saturday 5th July and culminating on Monday 7th July, the second stage of the Grand Depart will take place over 200km from York to Sheffield.
As the Steel City prepares to welcome this famous spectacle of the sporting world, an array of campsites and hotels are gearing up for the great volumes of fans the event will bring with it. Some of the best places to stay in Sheffield and the surrounding area will be in close proximity to the two designated spectator hubs assigned to the city.
Coronation Park is the first, placed outside of the city centre as the route heads for Sheffield. There, some of the best views of the events will be on offer, due to its Peak District location at the start of one of the main climbs of Stage 2. The other designated spectator hub is at Don Valley Bowl, located near to the finish in Sheffield. Over 40,000 people are expected to pack into the area, with green space and large screens providing a unique perspective of this once in a generation event.
For those wishing to come to stay in Sheffield to witness the Tour, here is an exclusive guide to the best places to set up base:
For those wishing to encapsulate the outdoor spirit of the event, camping can provide the best possible platform. A number of temporary campsites have been set up in and around the city, all competing to provide the warmest welcome and unrivalled access to the event. The three best places to camp around Sheffield will be in the Holmfirth area just before the Peak District, and in Bradfield and in Oughtibridge. Both of the latter locations are within walking distance of Coronation Park.
Holmfirth area – Hade Edge Campsite
Located just outside the Peak District, this excellent camping facility provides impressive hospitality at a picturesque location along the Stage 2 route. Prices begin from £75 for two days, ranging through to £140 for a five day package. Standout features include an ice pack exchange and recycling facilities. Breakfast and BBQ packages can be added for an additional price. With stunning views of the Holme Valley, the Peak District and TransPennine Trail cycling routes are also in close proximity.
Bradfield area – Etape D’Acier (The Steel Stage)
With a site located on route, this camping facility in High Bradfield will provide a unique Tour de France experience for those staying there. With prices beginning from a reasonable £50, The Steel Stage is an excellent location to be based at. Onsite highlights will include an onsite bar and beer festival, and plenty of cultural and workshop activities.
Bradfield area – Cotton Star
Set in beautiful woodland grounds, Cotton Star can provide a truly unique experience for its customers. Tents, sleeping bags and beds are amongst some of the amenities that can be provided for those choosing to stay there. Close proximity to the Coronation Park spectator hub and prices starting from £60 for 3 nights camping make this site an attractive proposition for visitors.
Oughtibridge area – Greenhead Fields
Located at Jawbone Hill, one of Sky Sports top ten places to view the 2014 Tour de France from, this campsite provides an ideal space to experience the event. The site is only 4 miles from the centre of Sheffield, and is on the doorstep of some of the greatest mountain biking tracks around. Local bands, a beer tent and local ale and food are on offer in a camping package beginning at £100 per an adult for 3 nights camping.
Oughtibridge area – War Memorial Sports Ground
Again placed nearby to Jawbone Hill, this site provides one of the region’s most attractive camping sites. Only 150 meters from the route, and with a superb riverside setting the site provides an impressive base with fully fenced 24-hour security. With the Peak District close by and prices for a four night stay on a premium pitch beginning at £240, there are plenty of reasons to get booked in early here.
If you’re hoping to be located nearer to the Don Valley Bowl spectator hub, then you’re best option may be to book into a hotel. With hundreds of available places to choose from, here is a brief guide to some of the better options:
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park
For an experience of affordable luxury the DoubleTree by Hilton can offer you an extremely comfortable stay, just outside of Sheffield city centre. Air conditioning, Wifi and an award winning restaurant are all part of this hotel located in a quiet, leafy suburb with easy access to the city and finale of the Tour de France. Prices begin from £79 per night.
Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre
Located at St Mary’s Gate, this hotel provides a perfectly central location in the heart of Sheffield city centre. Visitors can soak up the 2014 Grand Depart buzz safe in the knowledge that at the end of the day they can return to an impressive comfort experience. With easy access to the M1 and extremely close to the finale of the Tour, the price beginning at £53 dor a night seems an absolute steal.
The Cross Scythes Totley
For a hotel that provides both access to the finale of the Tour in Sheffield, and is also in close proximity to the glorious Peak District countryside, look no further than here. An impressive restaurant and free Wifi are just some of the amenities that leave you safe in the knowledge of a comfortable and unique base for your Tour de France experience.
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