Get on your bike with Pitchup.com
Jan 14 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh
Follow the Tour de France route and stay in holiday parks and campsites along the way using Pitchup.com’s new interactive route planner
Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com is gearing up for this year’s Tour de France with a new interactive Tour route planner on its website. The planner details the 2,000-mile route the Tour de France will take, as well as a comprehensive list of bookable campsites, holiday parks and lodges for every stage of the race.
The route planner (http://www.pitchup.com/tour_de_france/) covers all 20 stages of the Tour, beginning with the Grand Départ in North Yorkshire, on Saturday July 5, right through to the finish at Périgueux, on Saturday July 26.
The interactive planner is in the form of a map, with the Tour route stages clearly marked. Users can click the map anywhere along the route to find details of each stage, the dates they take place, the nearby towns and the route itself. Clicking on the map will also give details of up to 10 nearby holiday parks and campsites along the way, which can be booked on Pitchup.com.
Users simply need to click the name to go to its listing page, add in the dates they want to stay, pick their accommodation and book – all done!
The map also has a ‘Find out more’ section for a lowdown of other attractions in the vicinity.
Pitchup.com founder Dan Yates said: “With British cycling at the top of its game right now and the fact that cycling’s most gruelling event will depart from Yorkshire this year, the Tour de France has never been so popular this side of the Channel.
“Our interactive route planner means cycling fans can follow the action, choosing between holiday parks, camping pods, luxury lodges or pitches for their tourer, tent or motorhome. Whether they want to do the whole 2,000 miles of the route by pedal power, or cover a small area by car or campervan, it’s up to them. Whatever they choose, by using the interactive route planner, cycling fans can rest assured they’ll find a fabulous place to stay.”
Dan adds: “But hurry! With less than six months to go before the start of the Tour, many sites are starting to get booked up and, as the event draws nearer, prices are likely to shoot up. Cycling fans can secure their accommodation for as little as a £10 deposit, and, with prices as low as £12 per night, it makes sense to book early.”
Stage No 1: Leeds/Harrogate. Saturday July 5
Campsite directly on the route – £12 per person per night
Spen House is a family-run site in the village of Minskip, two miles from Boroughbridge, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire and is directly on the Tour de France route. Bookings are coming in quick, but there is still plenty of space on the farm’s second field, for caravans, motorhomes and tents not requiring electricity. The owners will charge batteries at no cost. Dogs are welcome and there’s an off-lead exercise area. There is a combined shower/toilet block with hairdryer and shaver sockets, ladies-only shower, separate washing-up area with hot water and a fridge/freezer for campers' use.
Price: £72 per pitch for three nights (July 4-7), based on two adults, which works out at £12 per person per night.
Stage No 20: Périgueux. Saturday July 26
Holiday lodge with swimming pool and breakfast delivery – from £19 per person per night.
Camping L'Hermitage des 4 Saisons is set in four acres of countryside, surrounded by the forest and farmlands of Périgord Vert in the Dordogne, 13 miles from the Tour de France’s finish town, Périgueux. Accommodation is in two-bedroom holiday lodges, which sleep up to six. There’s a swimming pool, jacuzzi, pétanque court, table tennis, archery and pony rides on site. During high season the owners organise Perigoudin meals, barbecues and local produce tasting sessions. As an added bonus, breakfast is delivered to your door.
Price: Two weeks in a two-bedroom lodge for four people costs £1,069 (£133.75 per person per week/£19 per person per night).
For more information visit http://www.pitchup.com
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Notes to editors
Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland and France. The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease. The customer experience from landing on the home page through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available. Pitchup.com features over 5,000 UK wide camping and caravanning sites/parks with France recently added into the equation. It enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.