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Way of the Roses

Supported Leisure cycling holiday

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Duration

6 days

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£875 P.P.
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The Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route is a classic cycling holiday in the UK, and takes you from Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington in Yorkshire. As it crosses the country the route passes through the Lune Valley, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds, as well as the historic cities of Lancaster and York. There are interesting and attractive small towns like Settle and Pateley Bridge, countless little villages and beautiful, dramatic countryside.
This 170 mile route is made up of traffic-free paths, cycle lanes and quiet country lanes. The scenery is stunning and varied as you make your way from the Irish Sea to the North Sea across this fascinating part of Northern England.
The Way of the Roses is a rewarding and challenging trip, and a great way to cycle from coast to coast. With excellent transport connections to our meeting point at York, it's easy to get to the start of this fully supported trip. With transfers to the start at Morecambe and from Bridlington at the end included in the price, there's no better way to experience this fantastic route.
Like all of our UK supported trips, The Way of the Roses is also available as a private departure for groups of friends, colleagues, families or anyone else! If our standard dates don't work, you would like a slightly altered itinerary or you would prefer a fully supported trip just for your group please give us a call for a chat.

Holiday Highlights

  • Posing at Eric Morecambe’s statue on Morecambe seafront
  • Cycling through the Forest of Bowland & Yorkshire Dales
  • Superb local ales and tasty food every night
  • York – flat cycling, big Minster
  • The chalky rolling hills, with big country views of the Wolds
  • Fish & chips on Bridlington’s waterfront to celebrate your ride!

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This was my first Skedaddle holiday and it was a great experience. I had such a good time that I didn’t want to go home at the end of the holiday. Our guides made is such a great experience.

James, Devon

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day
Non Cycling Day

York is our chosen rendezvous point for the Way of the Roses ride. York has excellent rail connections, and we will arrange to pick you up from the station if you choose to travel by train. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle close to the accommodation for the duration of the trip.

York is a fascinating historic city, and those choosing to arrive early will have time to visit some of the sights. The city centre is quite compact and very pleasant to explore on foot. Your accommodation on this first night is in York itself, with the evening meal taken at a nearby restaurant or pub.

During the evening we’ll be on hand to answer any particular questions that you may have and provide a general overview of the next few days of cycling.

Day 2
Morecambe to Settle
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.

After an early breakfast we make our way by minibus to Morecambe (approx 2 hours 45 min) to the start of the Way of the Roses. We soon leave the sweep of Morecambe seafront and its promenade and begin our way eastwards on traffic-free cycleways.

As you would expect, the first few miles are quite flat as we make our way to the vibrant city of Lancaster, a place with a rich industrial and cultural history. Following the valley of the River Lune we soon leave Lancaster via the Crook O’Lune viewpoint and head towards the Dales. We’ll now be following quiet country lanes as we traverse the Forest of Bowland. The cycling gets a bit more challenging now as we start to tackle the hills of the Dales, with stunning views of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks.

With regular refreshment stops and a buffet style picnic lunch provided, we’ll be suitably refuelled for the day’s big challenge at Far End, where we tackle the climb onto Swarth Moor, the highest point of the day at around 265 metres. From here we are rewarded with a downhill alongside the River Ribble to Settle, our final destination for today.

Home of the famous Settle – Carlisle Steam Railway, Settle is a bustling market town boasting a wealth of interesting shops, welcoming cafes and historic buildings and a great place to spend our second evening.

Day 3
Settle to Pateley Bridge
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.

A shorter day than yesterday, but today we are in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and yes – you’ve guessed it; a few more ‘cheeky climbs’ to negotiate along the way. With our hearty full Yorkshire breakfast no doubt weighing a little heavy, our start to the day is a corker of a climb out of Settle and in fact the toughest of the entire route and even has a cobbled section at the start for good measure! Upon reaching the top at the appropriately named High Side, we can see Rye Loaf Hill (547metres) to your left. Our reward for the effort is a speedy downhill of around two miles to the village of Airton.

Continuing along on an undulating route we cycle to Cracoe and then Burnsall. The route then follows the River Wharfe before tackling the climb onto the Nidderdale Moorland (AONB), passing the famous Stump Cross Caverns and on to the highest point of the entire route at Greenhow (402 metres) on Bewerley Moor.

Our destination for this evening Pateley Bridge is just a couple of miles away and we’ll arrive there courtesy of a steep downhill (take care!) that deposits you in this Yorkshire village. Our evening meal will be taken in Pateley Bridge, no doubt accompanied by a pint of the local tasty ales.

Day 4
Pateley Bridge to York
49 Miles / 79 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 650 Metres Approx.

Although today’s mileage is the longest of the trip, the steep hills of the Dales are now behind us and with our cycling legs geared up for another day in the saddle we’ll soon be eating up the miles. It wouldn’t however be a Skedaddle trip without a little morning climb, so first thing we’ll head up to the famous Brimham Rocks, known for their weird and wonderful formations that are scattered over a wide area, and are apparently associated with the druids, Mother Shipton and even the Devil!

After Brimham the gradients ease off all the way to York. On the way we’ll pass Fountains Abbey, then down to Ripon. From here quiet country lanes take us through the numerous small villages of the flat Vale of York as we follow the River Ouse to York and our finish point for the day.

Arriving at our accommodation in York we’ll be able to explore a little further this walled city famous for its impressive Minster, ghosts, tea rooms and welcoming pubs and inns.

Day 5
York to Driffield
34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 450 Metres Approx.

A fairly easy day of cycling with just one hilly section as we climb into the Yorkshire Wolds and head to our destination for today, the market town of Driffield. After winding our way out of York we leave the city behind and head out into the farmland, making our way towards Pocklington.

After Pocklington, there is a climb up to Huggate (200 meters), through the pretty Millington Dale. From here on in, we’ll be in the Yorkshire Wolds, threading through pretty little valleys and across the wide rolling expanses of the Wolds. This section of the route is an undulating, easy paced 15 miles to near Hutton Cranswick, where we stay for the night. Our evening meal will also be taken here.

Tomorrow the cycling is relatively flat with the odd short cheeky climb, so it may be the night to sample one more local ale or an extra glass of wine or fizz to celebrate your cycling achievement so far!

Day 6
Driffield to Bridlington
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 250 Metres Approx.

A relaxed start today on our final day of the trip. Just 25 miles to go on a lovely meandering route through the pretty villages of this part of East Yorkshire. At the mid-point of the cycling we’ll be stopping at Burton Agnes for a short break at which point we’ll be able to see the impressive Burton Agnes Hall and Manor House. Burton Agnes is also famous for its annual Scarecrow Festival. From here, the route rises up a little onto the Woodgate Roman Road, with its impressive views of the North Sea.

The ride then descends through Bridlington’s Old Town for a final spin along the promenade. With its views of Flamborough Head, famous for its stunning white cliffs further to the east this is a fitting end to your Way of the Roses cycling journey with Skedaddle. Handshakes and slaps on the back accepted and photos dutifully taken its time for a well deserved lunch and ice cream.

Time now to load the bikes on the trailer and hop aboard our support vehicle(s) for the return journey to York (approx. 1.5hrs). Once back in York, we’ll reunite those travelling by car with their vehicles or drop those departing by train at the station.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Following a National Cycle Network route, the Way of the Roses uses a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads and some short sections of farm track.

Most of the surface is tarmac. There is an unavoidable short section of farm track, which can be tough when ridden on a road bike, especially after poor weather.

Almost any type of bike would be suitable for the Way of the Roses, with semi-slick tyres fitted on mountain bikes and hybrids, and touring tyres fitted on road bikes.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs and possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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Start Date
* 16/04/2023
Return Date
21/04/2023
Duration
6 days
Price
£875.00
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11/06/2023
Return Date
16/06/2023
Duration
6 days
Price
£875.00
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10/07/2023
Return Date
15/07/2023
Duration
6 days
Price
£875.00
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24/09/2023
Return Date
29/09/2023
Duration
6 days
Price
£875.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full support service including a guide qualified in First Aid in a back up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike

D) Access to the Skedaddle App for holiday information

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Scheduled train station transfers on arrival and departure days

What's not Included Cross

A) Riding guide

B) Personal clothing and equipment

C) Travel insurance

D) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

E) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

F) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

G) Single room option (may be available if required)

H) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres

I) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you‘re travelling by train your destination is York. Group train station transfers are included in the holiday price and there will be a Skedaddle transfer at 18.00 from York train station to the accommodation.

You will be expected to finish in Bridlington at around 15.00 and we will transfer you back to your car in York or to York train station. Please do not book any return trains prior to 18.00.

Please let us know if you’d prefer to drive and we can let you know about parking options near the hotel.

Please check with us before making any travel arrangements to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics.

Please note If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the planned train station transfers, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

In the UK we use good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and family-run guesthouses that are cycle friendly, located close to the cycling route and showcase the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting.

Where possible we prioritise locally owned businesses and those offering locally sourced food, drink and speciality products. This all promotes sustainability in-line with our responsible travel policy.

All our UK trips are operated on a double/twin-share basis.

Single occupancy rooms can be provided for a supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you would like to rent a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available.

The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a large 30 speed gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. Our electric bikes are generally Giant Entour E+ Disc pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. Both models of bikes come with either a standard cross bar or step through frame. Please let us know if you have a preference.

Helmets are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit, including a spare innertube and a bike pump. Panniers can be provided on request.

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