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The Way of the Roses

Explore the fabulous Way of the Roses that stretches the width of England.

Dipping wheels in both the Irish Sea and the North Sea it crossing England from west to east through the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Wolds.

  • Distance: 266 km

  • Terrain: Quiet country roads & plenty of stops in country villages and market towns

  • Starting point: Morecambe

  • Finish point: Bridlington 

  • Difficulty Rating: ***

Highlights

Start of the route

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Up hill and down dale, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of Yorkshire's most iconic scenery and attractions. With spectacular limestone valleys, picture postcard villages and historic castles, it's a place that stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses of everyone that visits.

Fountains Abbey

Veiled in a secluded valley, this National Trust property promises to surprise and captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church.

York

Visit York Minster, The Shambles Market and stop off for some local cuisine in the medieval city center.

Flamborough Headland Coast & Cliffs

Flamborough Head has one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe. In summer the cliffs are packed with tens of thousands of breeding auks, gannets, gulls and puffins, creating a memorable experience.

Photo Credit: James Walker

Finishing point in Bridlington

Have some well deserved fish & chips once finished at Bridlington.

Some of the amazing sights you'll see along the route

Book This Holiday

To book a leisure holiday doing the Way of the Roses coast to coast, select the links below to find a tour that suits your needs best

Yorkshire | Way of the Roses Coast to Coast

Yorkshire
Avg. 54km per day
6 days, 5 nights
Self-guided
Luggage transfers
Bike Hire & E-bike hire available
Emergency backup
From
£585 p.p.
Yorkshire
Avg. 45km per day
6 days, 5 nights
Self-guided
Luggage transfers
Meet & Greet
Bike Hire & E-bike Hire Available
From
£585 p.p
Yorkshire
68kms per day
5 days, 4 nights
Guided Holiday
Luggage transfers
Emergency Recovery
Bike hire & E-bike hire available
From
£395 p.p.

Example Route Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Morecambe

Morceambe is a coastal town on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, England. This is where the Way of the Roses route traditionally starts from. However, you may find that tour operators chose to start the holiday elsewhere. 

 

Day 2: Morecambe - Clapham

It’s a gentle start as you roll away from the famous Midland Hotel and panoramic views of the distant Lake District along quiet riverside cycle paths into the city of Lancaster itself and then beyond into the rich countryside beyond. 

42 km

Day 3: Clapham - Burnsall

Singletrack roads twist and turn between ancient stone walls. Starting point of the world famous Settle to Carlisle Railway (well worth a trip if you fancy a rest from riding) an oasis for trans Dales traffic and a hub for local riders for years, Settle is a superb stop off point.

42 km

Day 4: Burnsall - Ripon

Ancient farmsteads are set into the swerving curves of the surrounding hills as you roll out of Burnsall towards Appletreewick - both much loved stopping places of local riders - then it’s up and over the remote moorlands and endless vistas of Greenhow Hill.

Pateley Bridge is the perfect place to pause or stop longer before climbing up to the uniquely mysterious landscape of Brimham Rocks and then scooting down to the hauntingly beautiful World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey.

60 km

Day 5: Ripon - York

The medieval market city of Ripon has its own cathedral and rich history. Flat roads and traffic free cycle paths take you right through the heart of York itself where you can experience every age of England within its ancient walls. With so much to see and so many places to eat and stay whatever your tastes you’re sure to be suitably refreshed.

44 km

Day 6: York - Driffield

Viking and Saxon named villages line the route towards the deserted chalk valleys and pastures of the Yorkshire Wolds where time stands still under the gaze of bronze age burial mounds for the first chieftains who ruled this incredibly fertile landscape. 

55 km

Day 7: Driffield - Bridlington

Traffic free farm roads criss cross steam age railways towards the beauty of Burton Agnes and it’s famous hall. Lifting gently north one last time, gulls overhead and boats on the horizon signal the start of the final roll into Bridlington. 

23 km

Day 8: Leave Bridlington

Bridlington is where this wonderful west to east adventure ends with a wheel in the sea and a well earned feast of fish and chips.