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Way of the Roses

A self-guided cycling holiday from coast to coast across Lancashire and Yorkshire.

3 to 5 nights
171 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £340 per person

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About this route

Cross the breadth of England, delving through old rival counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Rich with cultural sites in a wide variety of English settlements, the Way of the Roses traverses rolling hills and limestone landscapes stippled with caves, waterfalls and pockets of woodland.

From Lancaster, the Way of the Roses curves into Lune Valley via the Lune Aqueduct and the glacial Great Stone of Fourstones, tracing the northern border of the Forest of BNowland. Through Settle, the ride continues east in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its limestone pavements and an optional detour out to Gordale Scar. Burnsall and Pateley Bridge await beyond. The trail wends through these, browsing Pocklington and Hutton Cranswick, and finishes at seaside Bridlington.

There are cafes aplenty to keep you well-fuelled as you cycle all the way from coast to coast. With so much to see, the Way of the Roses is the ideal touring route.

Interactive
Morecambe / Bridlington
171 miles (273 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Triumphing over gradual climbs into the Pennines and the optional, exceptionally steep ascent out of Settle, which awards a sweeping downhill stint into Airton.

Taking the optional detour out to the limestone amphitheatre of Gordale Scar.

Taking a rest in the grounds of the many stately homes, gardens and castles along the route, Fountains Abbey perhaps the most spectacular amongst them.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
C-WR1 From Morecambe to Bridlington 3 nights, 3 days riding Demanding£340
C-WR2 From Morecambe to Bridlington 4 nights, 4 days riding Moderate / Demanding£440
C-WR3 From Morecambe to Bridlington 5 nights, 5 days riding Moderate£535

Way of the Roses 3 nights, 3 days riding

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Morecambe where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Morecambe to Burnsall. 52 miles (83km)

Day 2

Burnsall to York. 58 miles (93km)

Finish

York to Bridlington. 60.5 miles (97km)Depart from Bridlington after completing the tour, or add an extra night in Bridlington during the booking process for an extra charge

Your Itinerary

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than 2.5 miles from the trail to your accommodation.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The Way of the Roses passes through a variety of remarkable locations that are begging to be explored by cyclists of all interests and walks of life. By adding extra nights into your holiday, you will have plenty of time to learn more about these areas and uncover hidden gems that you may have otherwise missed.

For those looking for a livelier place to spend an extra night or two, the city of York is packed with things to see and do to suit all interests and tastes. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city, with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Regarded as one of the UK's premier cycling cities, York is the perfect place to stop and repair or replenish your biking gear, with a range of sports shops, cycle hires, expert advice and cycling tours to suit all abilities. Not only is there a vast range of activities including everything from water sports to ghost hunting, but those in need of a little TLC will also find plenty of spas and health centres in which to indulge in a much-needed massage before continuing on the trail.

Finally, Bridlington is a gorgeous seaside town that would make an excellent choice for a rest day, meaning you can extend your holiday and celebrate the completion of the Way of the Roses in style. As well as all the usual facilities of a coastal town, Bridlington has a fantastic leisure centre including swimming pools, climbing walls, a health suite with a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and a spa, equipping you with everything you need to recover from your cycling journey. As well as this, there is an endless choice of attractions on offer from golf courses to animal parks, along with plenty of shops and eateries to choose from in which to relax and reflect on your memorable cycling holiday.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 170.5 miles (273 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days riding
Minimum daily distance: 52 miles (83 km)
Maximum daily distance: 60.5 miles (97 km)
Code: C-WR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Morecambe
End of holiday: Bridlington

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

Way of the Roses Route Profile

Gradual climbs pick up on the way into the Pennines, with an exceptionally steep ascent departing Settle that awards a sweeping downhill approach to Airton. This can be broken into a series of rolling ascents and descents by opting for the northern alternative route through Malham.

The last major steep section lies between Burnsall and Pateley Bridge. Beyond here, the size of the ascents slowly taper off until the route becomes largely flat, save for a few smooth rises between Pocklington and Hutton Cranswick and again just before the route's end in Bridlington.

Terrain

  • Marked cycle lanes
  • Quiet country roads
  • Traffic-free cycle paths
  • Sustrans Greener Greenways

The route involves a few short ventures onto main roads with marked cycle lanes. The longest of these stretches by far leads into Pateley Bridge, and is less than ten miles long.

A short section of stone track between Dunnington and Stamford Bridge is the only departure from hard-packed and tarmac surfaces. A road bike is the way to go for the Way of the Roses.

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

By Rail – There is a rail station at the start of the route (Morecambe) and at the end of the route (Bridlington).


From London – You can catch a train from London Euston to Morecambe.

Return to the Start – The easiest way to return to the start of the route is by taking a train from Bridlington to Morecambe.

Please note:

Most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

Most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board, so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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