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: ***
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.
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.
Visit York Minster, The Shambles Market and stop off for some local cuisine in the medieval city center.
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
Have some well deserved fish & chips once finished at Bridlington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.