Issue 1233

30 Apr 2018
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About this issue: Overview

Our first of two weekly travel and leisure special editions kicks off with an interview with Adam Blythe, the Sheffield-born racing cyclist who’s lining up for this week’s Tour de Yorkshire, which promises to draw vast crowds. He also gives us his tips on the best places for spectators to watch the race, the hill climbs to look out for and how amateurs should tackle the circuit.

For spectators and riders alike who have worked up a thirst, Roger Ratcliffe offers a guide to the best remote pubs in the area, taking in Cumbria as well.

If your holiday plans include riding on the rollercoaster of Alton Towers, Blackpool or elsewhere, you’ll be fascinated to read Brendan Walker’s account of how he goes about his working day designing them so they provide the ultimate in thrilling experiences.

And more sedately, camping doesn’t have to mean baked beans and pot noodles, according to the Cumbrian authors of a new cookbook, who have road-tested their recipes in their trusty VW campervan.

Our arts and entertainment section previews a new stage adaptation of the bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and has reviews of TV, games, albums and books.

On the news pages, we report on how people with learning disabilities are benefiting from spending time working on a farm in Wetherby.

Columnist Saskia Murphy is enduring a grim time as a potential first-time house buyer and Carl Fogarty from Blackburn, the most successful World Superbike racer of all time, writes a letter to his younger self.