Last weekend, Tour de France fever hit Yorkshire as the entire county (and their dogs) donned yellow jerseys and lined the streets to cheer on the cyclists as they whizzed past.
I watched it in the centre of Leeds on Saturday, but on Sunday Rob and I drove up to Ilkley to take in the aftermath.
Ilkley is about 30 minutes away from Leeds. It’s somewhere Rob and I like to go when we want to escape the city and take in some greenery while maintaining close distance to civilisation. The perfect small town, nestled in a valley with spectacular views, beautiful old buildings… and a branch of Boots.
I can imagine myself living in Ilkley when I’m older – maybe running a chic interiors shop on the high street and living in a Victorian terrace with roses around the door.
Although the bikes had cleared out and the people of Yorkshire had moved on to Haworth, there was still a great atmosphere in Ilkley and plenty to see and do. We visited the street food festival and had pizza from Dough Boys (hands down, the best in Leeds) and a Patty Smith’s burger, then wandered down the high street to listen to some live music.
After a few outfit snaps in the park, we headed to Betty’s for – what else? – a box of macaroons.
Then it was back to the car (which cost £1.20 to park for 2 hours… man, I love the countryside!) and a short ride back to the city. A lovely day out, so easy to get to and perfect if you need a little time away from the hustle and bustle.
See you soon, Ilkley!