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The Way of the Roses Cycle Route

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The Way of the Roses Cycle Route

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£1890/ £1060

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All year round

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A self-guided inn to inn cycle tour following the ‘Way of the Roses’ route across Lancashire and Yorkshire. Includes; 2 nights bed and breakfast in guesthouse accommodations, 3 days cycling with transfer of luggage each day, tour details and phone app navigation. Transport back to Morecambe for you and your bikes at the end of the tour or bike rental is not included but can be added.

The ‘Way of the Roses’ is the latest exciting coast to coast cycle route across Northern England. Starting in Morecambe the route uses quiet country roads and cycle ways through Lancashire and Yorkshire. Signs marking the route display the red and white roses of these two iconic counties, keeping you on the right track. You will follow the lovely Lune Valley, ride through the Forest of Bowland as well as Nidderdale; all areas of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. You will encounter some steep climbs over the Pennine Hills but your efforts will be rewarded with great views and a long down-hill ride. Descending into the Yorkshire Dales to the historic sites of Fountains Abbey and York City the route becomes much flatter through the Yorkshire Wolds before reaching the coast at Bridlington.

Sample schedule

TOUR START: Morecambe, Lancashire.

DAY ONE: Morecambe to Grassington Distance approx. 50 miles (80 km). You can travel to Morecambe by train or car.  Car parking can be arranged. A very flat traffic-free section provides a nice easy start from Morecambe promenade through Lancaster along the river Lune. Then minor country roads take you gently up the Lune Valley through villages like Hornby, Clapham and the larger town of Settle. Having a break here would be recommended before tackling the toughest hill on the route, followed by  a great downhill ride before reaching your overnight stop at Grassington. There are pubs, bars and restaurants for your evening meal and a few pints will have been well earned. Overnight: Grassington, N. Yorkshire.

DAY TWO: Grassington to Pocklington. Distance approx. 77 miles (124 km). With one or two hills at the beginning of this section the route then becomes very flat with plenty of places to stop for refreshments. Leaving the Pennine Hills behind, the route passes through the pretty town of Pateley Bridge and the larger town of Ripon. There are many historical sites on today’s ride such as Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and of course York Minster. The route takes you past the impressive minster before leaving York to the next overnight stop at Pocklington. Your evening meal can be obtained from hotels and pubs in the town centre. Overnight: Pocklington, Yorkshire.

DAY THREE: Pocklington to Bridlington. Distance approx. 43 miles (69 km). Today is the easiest day of the tour allowing time for you to be transported back to Morecambe after completing the route.  A minor road rises onto the Yorkshire Wolds before sloping gently back down to the village of Hutton Cranswick and the town of Driffield. At Burton Agnes the route rises again onto the Woldgate Roman Road giving your first sight of the North Sea before descending to your destination, Bridlington. There are plenty of places to eat on the seafront before you and your bikes are picked up to be transported back to Morecambe.

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Grade Description

GRADE B cycling: Between 43 - 77 miles (69 - 124kms) a day. The shorter days allow for transport time, these can be ajusted to suite your requirments. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your level of fitness.

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Hi Richard,
we are now back in Sweden after a wonderful tour in Devon.

We really appreciate all the help and arrangements made by you!
All B'nBs were really good and the hosts were very nice. The hotel in 
Barnstaple was also good but we enjoyed the B'nBs moore.
Especially the family atmosphere.

The bicycles were good and the arrangements with the luggage transferred to 
all places worked without any complications what so ever.

We have already spoken to many friends about this arrangements, so don't be 
surprised if your clients from Sweden will increase.
We already think about were the next bicycle-tour in Britain will be. 
Probably in a less hilly area. :-)

Kind regards from a very satisfied couple from Stockholm /Rikard o Ann Epstein Stockholm, Sweden.

PS. In Oakhampton there was some difficulties finding some place to eat. Many 
of the restaurants were closed down. Just for your information.

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Rikard & Ann
Devon c2c