Yorkshire Olympians, the Brownlee brothers: where they love to eat, to train and to explore

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 November 2020

Yorkshire's famous Brownlee brothers at ITU World Triathlon Championships, Leeds. (c) Ian Wray / Alamy Stock Photo

Yorkshire's famous Brownlee brothers at ITU World Triathlon Championships, Leeds. (c) Ian Wray / Alamy Stock Photo

Credit: Ian Wray / Alamy Stock Photo

Multi medal winning Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are Yorkshire to their core. Here they reveal their best Yorkshire life.

Riding from Fleet Moss to picturesque  Buckden iin the rolling countryside of Wharfedale is one of Alistair's greatest pleasuresRiding from Fleet Moss to picturesque Buckden iin the rolling countryside of Wharfedale is one of Alistair's greatest pleasures

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are multi-medal winning Olympic triathletes. They are Yorkshire to their core and can be often seen training outdoors against the stunning backdrop of the county.

The pair started The Brownlee Foundation to encourage children to enjoy sport and have an active lifestyle and until the end of November 2020 they hope people will take part in ‘The Cafes Are Open Challenge.’ It’s fun, puts money back into the local economy, gets people out and active after lockdown and raises money for the Foundation.

Full details can be found here: thecafesareopen.com

Surprise View at Otley Chevin - one of Alistair and Jonny's favourite places close to homeSurprise View at Otley Chevin - one of Alistair and Jonny's favourite places close to home

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile

Alistair: Looking out from Surprise View on Otley Chevin on a clear day.

Jonny: The people

The Blue Lion, East Witton: the gastroub is  one of Alistair's go-to eating placesThe Blue Lion, East Witton: the gastroub is one of Alistair's go-to eating places

A place you love to eat

Alistair: The Blue Lion in East Witton

Jonny: Buon Apps River Lounge and Italian Restaurant in Ilkley

Bolton Abbey: Jonny loves the heritage and atmopshere of the placeBolton Abbey: Jonny loves the heritage and atmopshere of the place

To take friends:

Alistair: Mountain biking in Stainburn Forest, Otley

Jonny: The river at Burnsall – just idyllic

The Bridge in Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales, taken just after sunrise. Burnsall is where Jonny takes friends to show off YorkshireThe Bridge in Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales, taken just after sunrise. Burnsall is where Jonny takes friends to show off Yorkshire

A childhood memory:

Alistair: Sailing a little boat around Semerwater in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and it seeming vast.

Jonny: Going to Coverdale for holidays with my family

Hills, crowds and atmosphere in stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire from Halifax to Leeds. Yorkshie's love and passion for sport are one of the things that inspires JonnyHills, crowds and atmosphere in stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire from Halifax to Leeds. Yorkshie's love and passion for sport are one of the things that inspires Jonny

A cultural go-to:

Alistair: Watching something at Leeds Grand. It’s such an incredible venue.

Jonny: Bolton Abbey. So much history to discover

Inspiration outdoors:

Alistair: Climbing out of the clouds onto sunlit moorland to see blue sky and the Dales below shrouded in fog.

Jonny: The amazing Yorkshire sporting culture. The cycling and running groups that you can meet

A place for indulgence:

Alistair: The Spa at Rudding Park on a cold winter’s evening

Jonny: The Love Brownie barn at Howgill, Skipton

A Yorkshire view that inspires:

Alistair: View from the top of Great Whernside. Legend is that you can see both coasts on a clear day but it’s yet to happen for me.

Jonny: Surprise View from the Otley Chevin

I’m never happier than when

Alistair: I’m descending from Fleet Moss towards Buckden with a decent tailwind.

Jonny: I’m riding down Wharfedale to a cafe for a cup of Yorkshire tea and some cake

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life …

Alistair: Varied. Active. Satisfying

Jonny: Yorkshire fresh air

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