Love the Tour de Yorkshire – hate fracking

On 28th, 29th and 30th April, the community of Ryedale will be joining the rest of Yorkshire in celebrating the county’s premier sporting event, the Tour de Yorkshire – along with tens of thousands of people from across the UK and millions more on TV.

The first day of the tour starts in Scarborough, passes through Whitby, Pickering, Kirby Misperton, Pocklington and ends in Bridlington. The route passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK, including the North York Moors National Park, Ryedale and the Yorkshire Wolds.

And, as you can see from the Licence Area map on the right, almost every inch of this route is in an area licenced for fracking. Third Energy hope to start the first of thousands of fracking wells across North Yorkshire in Kirby Misperton this year, and PEDL licences have been granted for other companies such as INEOS and Cuadrilla along the route.

One can only wonder what the Tour de Yorkshire would look like in the future if fracking is allowed to take place. The NYCC are happy to have at least ten well-pads in each 10 x 10 km licence area, which could have up to forty or fifty wells each. Imagine the impact this would have on the countryside – and North Yorkshire’s road system, when each well needs many thousands of HGV movements. Will the Tour de Yorkshire still be attracting so many tourists if the fracking industry gets its way and industrialises the countryside – or will it avoid areas that are covered in fracking wells completely?

We are therefore planning to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire and use this opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting our flagship international event from the threat of fracking, which poses a real and present danger to Yorkshire’s successful tourism industry.

If you want to get involved, here are some things you can do.


Anyone who is going along to the race can print out the poster on the right at home, and hold it up when the race goes past, or if you see the press or media photographing or filming the event.

If you’re not going along, you can still print out the poster and put it up in your window, on noticeboards, in shops, pubs and cafes – make sure you ask first, though!

If you are going to the Tour with some friends, why not bring along posters for everyone and hold them up all together, for maximum impact?

Just click on the link below to download and print the poster:

Protect TOURism Say no to fracking A4 design


Members of FF Pickering and FF Malton and Norton will be lining the route with posters supporting a simple message; Ban Fracking Now. Please come and join in with this unified stand, and support the race in Ryedale.

You can make your own banner or poster or collect from near the Castlegate tea rooms on Burgate in Pickering on the morning of the race. We’ll be there as the crowds start to gather and until the race has passed around 3pm – depending on the speed of the riders.


Two intrepid members of Frack Free Ryedale, David Davis and Stuart Leach (Rright), are cycling from Lancashire to Yorkshire to raise awareness about the threat of fracking to our countryside. You can read more about their amazing cycle ride here and find out more information on their arrival in Kirby Misperton here.

How about joining Stuart and David for the final part of the ride? 

They will have a 30 minute break at Tee-Hee, Market Place, Easingwold  departing at 11-10, then carry on via Brandsby to Hovingham for a 20 minute break at The Worsley Arms, departing at 12-40. They will then take the B1267 to Amotherby to join the TdY route heading North through Breat Barugh, Little Barugh and Kirby Misperton ending at the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp. There are ample opportunities to join at any of these points. If you are not as fast as Bradley Wiggins don’t worry, the target average speed is a modest 10 mph.

We will also turn out to greet their]arrival in Kirby Misperton around 2.20pm for some final motivation, so come along and great the weary travellers if you’re able. Don’t forget to wear your frack free gear and badges, you could even decorate your bike with posters etc.

Stuart and David are raising money for the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp. If you would like to donate to the cause, please go to their GoFundMe page.


If you use Twitter or Facebook, please join our ‘Tour de Frackshire’ Thunderclap to raise awareness of the threat that fracking poses to the Tour de Yorkshire and rural tourism in the county. Signing up only takes a few seconds but allows us to spread the message far and wide on social media.

To join the Thunderclap, please click here.


For more news on the events taking place in Ryedale during the Tour de Yorkshire – including information on what’s happening at the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, a Great Yorkshire Tea Party, and much more besides, please see our latest newsletter. You can sign up for FUTURE newsletters by filling in the form on the right.

And or course you can keep up to date on the Frack Free Ryedale and Frack Free Kirby Misperton Facebook pages too.