Tour de France

The Grand Départ 2014

The Tour de France was a huge success. The weekend took a lot of organising, and it was a very hectic weekend and help from family and friends working very hard everything worked out well. We had a fantastic weekend, we met so many people and hopefully we will see them again in the future. 

we have amazing feedback from those that camped with us over the weekend and some of the feedback and photos are below , some photos from us and some are from those that camped with us. Thank you to those that sent feedback and amazing photos, we hope like us you enjoyed the weekend and it will be a weekend that you will never forget. 

Below are a few of the comments we received with regard to Le Tour de France

Hi Louise,

 Thank you to you too, we had an incredible weekend. You did yourselves proud. The overflow campsite was perfect for us. We will be back.

 Rob Brown

Hi, I hope you survived the Tour – so many people! It was an amazing event, and Yorkshire, especially around you, was wonderful!

Thanks for opening field O last weekend and allowing me to stay 3 days. Being so close to the route was brilliant.  And thanks for the water.
William Metcalfe

Hi Louise,
Just wanted to let you know that we all had a fabulous time in Muker last weekend. Everything was very well organised and catered for. Lovely camping spot, great viewing of Le Tour up on Buttertubs Pass and the entertainment at The King Of The Mountains Festival.
Kind regards,
Paul Tatchell.


Hi Louise
Just wanted to say what a great weekend we had - fields and plots well signed made it so easy to find. Toilets were fine and we enjoyed the catering at the actual site.
All in all very well organised so thank you.
John Harland 

Dear Louise

 Just a quick line to thank you and your team for a fabulous weekend at your campsite. Everything went like clockwork and to have organised two sunny days as well went beyond the pale! Our pitch was perfect and the bottled water you provided was much appreciated.

 I expect that the valley has returned to some sort of normality after hosting such a momentous and memorable event. I for one will certainly return and explore the beautiful countryside and hills you are so lucky to live among.

 Best wishes


Hi Louise

I just wanted to congratulate you on the way that you organised all the pitches for the TDF weekend. We had loads of space and it was great to be able to arrange our 5 tents to all face each other

It must have been a real organisational headache for you but you did a brilliant job.

I hope it was a successful weekend for you and that you managed to enjoy the tour and the whole experience as much as we did

Lynda Smith

Hi Louise

I just wanted to thank you for a really well organised weekend.

We were very impressed with everything that was arranged, especially the size of our pitch and how easy it was to find.

Many thanks for all the hard work that was put into making it such a great weekend.

Matt, Sarah, Chris and Hiedi.


 I big thank you to you and all at the farm.  You seemed to be very well organised and it must have been a nightmare getting all the fields and plots sorted out.


Great weekend, and great to see the dale pulling in the punters and putting cash into the local economy.

 See you again when it's a bit quiete

Hello Louise , I am just writing to say thank you for a great weekend and can you pass this on to all concerned. Our plot was amazing and we are very grateful to you.


Bryan and Sharon

hi Louise

Just got an internet connection and wanted to tell you what a fantastic job you and all your family and staff did for the TDF. We had a brilliant weekend because the plots were so brilliantly organised, staff so helpful, and of course Muker so beautiful. Thank you, loved it, Yorkshire really is gods county and that's from a Warwickshire lad .

Thanks again


Hi louise, just wanted to say what a fabulous job you all did organising the camping fields. We had a fantastic time thanks very much. Bet you enjoyed a glass of wine or two after we had all gone....
Thanks once again you did yorkshire proud!!!


Thank you and your team very much for a fantastic weekend. Our pitch was perfect.

Kind regards


Hi Louise,

never quite got to introduce myself. You were all ways in conversation.....

we had a great time, well organised site, great facilities couldn't have been better.

Thanks for all your hard work, hope the great pictures of swaledale bring you lots of visitors.


Hi Louise
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for the weekend.  We had a great time staying at your campsite and all said we'd definitely come back again in the future.

Hello Louise.

Just a quick one to say thank you for a wonderful stay on your campsite during the TDF. Had a brief chat this morning with you before we left (Friends of Mick’s from ‘Blacksmith Cottage’ Thwaite) We  managed to get to and watch both stages and your place was a great base in a beautiful part of Yorkshire.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before I return.

Again Many Thanks.

Steve Tarling.


I just wanted to say how perfect our weekend was!  We were in Field L - ground was flat, dry, toilets cleaned regularly (and always loo roll!), amazing location!

We thought the village and pub  were fantastic and had the most superb weekend, making it to the top of Buttertubs for the TDF.

Thank you so, so much for all your hard work preparing everything.  It was truly one of the best weekends ever!


Angie Prescott


Hi Louise

I would like to thank you for all that you did before the weekend and during the weekend of 'Le Tour de France', we all really enjoyed our weekend, Muker is a lovely village and we met some very friendly locals, especially the gentleman and  lady who allowed us to sit on the wall in front of the cottage and  made us cups of tea whilst waiting for the cyclists to go through the village. The atmosphere on the site was really good.  There are some amazing photos in the press of the village and surrounding area.  Your organisation of the the site pre the weekend was brilliant.  Once again thank you, and we hope to visit again sometime. 

best wishes

Hi Louise

Thank you for a great weekend! My family and I had a great time! The campsite is wonderful and the Tour de France was amazing!

Cockburn butchers were fabulous too, their food was tasty! 

We look forward to coming back soon!

Many thanks 

Gina & Jon Cooper

Thank you very much from the Kenning Family. The tour mega campsite was very well organised and the atmosphere fantastic.

Hi Louise, on behalf of ourselves the Childes & The Barras,s we would like to say a great big well done on your part we had an amazing weekend , Perfect pitch it couldn't of been any better for all 3 of us everything was truly perfect...We shall all be back to take advantage of your beautiful surroundings. An exciting, Relaxing & memorable weekend was had by us all, You deserve a big pat on the back , Regards Julia & Martin Hopkinson

Hi Louise

Just want to say thanks for a great weekend camping, the campsite was well organised and it seemed that everyone I saw enjoyed themselves. Hopefully you were able to enjoy the race on Saturday and will now be able to relax now the madness is over! Last time we stayed with you, we were the only ones there, so it was a bit of change this year!

Hi Louise

Just a quick email to say thanks for a great weekend.

Everything was organised superbly, and we all had a great time. 

You just need to work on the midges a little bit!!!



Hi Louise

Just wanted to say congratulations to you and your family on the fantastic organisation for the weekend's camping with you.    We all had a great time and the weather was very kind to us.  

A medal needs to go to the gentleman in the red car  who sorted the toilets out late on Saturday.    :)

Well done and thank you all.


Just a quick email to say how wonderful the weekend was, we weren’t expecting too much as the price was so reasonable in comparison to what others near to Skipton were charging but what we got was a brilliant flat site, nice big pitch, beautiful views, clean toilets and a wonderful family atmosphere.  We appreciate all the hard work you and your family must have put into this,


Hi Louise

We just wanted to drop an e mail to say thank you for all your hard work organising the camping facilities at the weekend. We found it well organised, the pitches were great, a great atmosphere and we really enjoyed visiting Muker. We hope to be back in the future to a have a stay when things are less hectic!! 
Anyway...thank you and well done on a job done fantastically well.
The Allanson family


Thank you very much for a really great weekend.

 The campsite was really well organised, we had plenty of space and the water bottles were very welcome.


Martin, Gail, Jack, Laura, Elaine and Arnaud as featured in the Yorkshire Post Special Edition.