SPECTATORS expected to enjoy the Grand Depart for the Tour de France are being requested to 'respect, protect and enjoy' the environment as the flood into the region for the event next week.

Two of the three UK stages are in Yorkshire and millions of spectators are expected to line the route from July 5 to 7.

The Yorkshire stages include the Dales and organisers are asking those who attend to respect the environment whether it is rural or urban.

Key points are to use rubbish bins or take waste home, to follow established footpaths and use gates or stiles. Care should be taken to avoid disturbing livestock and care should be taken to avoid fire, by avoiding smoking in the countryside.

Stewards will be offering directions and guidance and their advice should be followed. Visitors are also asked to resist any temptation to swim in open water, even if the weather is hot. Dogs should also be kept on a short lead.

Visitors are also asked to avoid damaging the drystone walls which are on many parts of the route.