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Blubberhouses is located in North Yorkshire
 Blubberhouses shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE167553
   – London 180 mi (290 km)  SSE
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OTLEY
Postcode district LS21
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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Coordinates: 53°59′37″N 1°44′43″W / 53.99373°N 1.74538°W / 53.99373; -1.74538

Blubberhouses is a small village and civil parish located in the Washburn Valley in the borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, a county in the north of England. It is situated to the south of the Yorkshire Dales national park, and to the north of a Roman road and Fewston Reservoir.

Cricket ground at Blubberhouses

The village is on the A59 road from Harrogate to Skipton.

The Anglican village church of St Andrew's (designed by Edward Buckton Lamb), is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Fewston.[1] The village has two cricket teams who play at a ground on the River Washburn.[2]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. It was also the location of the first climb of the stage, the Category 4 Côte de Blubberhouses, at the 47 kilometres (29 mi) point. It was 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) long at an average gradient of 6.1%. The 1 point for the King of the Mountain competition was claimed by Frenchman, Cyril Lemoine of Cofidis[3]


Several suggestions have been made for the origins of the name Blubberhouses:-

  • From the blueberry: Ely Hargrove's History of Knaresborough.
  • From the Blue Boar, a former inn.
  • Early spellings include "Bluburgh", "Bluborrow", "Bluburhouse", (1172) "Bluberhusum". These may come from:-
    • Anglo-Saxon burh = "fort".[4]
    • From "Blueberg" = "blue mountain".[5]
    • Anglo-Saxon bluberhūs = "the house(s) which is/are at the bubbling stream",[6] with a later regularised plural; the -um form came from the Anglo-Saxon dative plural case æt bluberhūsum = "at the houses which ...".


  1. ^ "Fewston with Blubberhouses: Home". Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Blubberhouses Cricket Club". 
  3. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Grainge, William (1871). Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough. 
  5. ^ Bradley, Tom (1895). The Washburn. 
  6. ^ Mills, A.D. Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names. ISBN 0-19-280074-4. 

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