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Way of the Roses (5 days cycling)

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday




6 days

Prices from

£665 P.P.
The Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route is a classic cycling holiday in the UK, opened in September 2010, 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, Grassington and Pately 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  York, it's easy to get to the start of this self-guided trip. With transfers to the start of the ride at Morecambe and at the end of the ride from Bridlington back to York included in the price, there's no better way to experience this fantastic route.
This self-guided trip is for a minimum of 2 people and accommodation, transfers, luggage transfers and emergency back up are all included. We also provide detailed route notes and maps to enable you to do the route self-guided. Nothing could be simpler!

Holiday Highlights

  • Eric Morecambe’s statue on Morecambe waterfront
  • Cycling through the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales
  • Yorkshire ales and great pub food
  • York – flat cycling, big Minster
  • The Wolds, chalky rolling hills, with big country views
  • Fish & chips on Bridlington’s waterfront to celebrate your achievement!

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Day 1
Arrival York
Non Cycling Day

York is our chosen rendezvous point for the Way of the Roses self-guided ride. It has excellent rail connections, and for those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at or near the accommodation for the duration of the trip.

The historic walled city of York is home to an impressive 13th-century Gothic cathedral that dominates the city. The cathedral was begun in 1220 and took 250 years to build and is now widely considered to be one of Europe’s finest medieval buildings. The city of York is like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic (and picturesque) streets.

Day 2
Morcambe to Settle
35 Miles / 56 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1000m

After an early breakfast we make our way to Morecambe (approx 3 hours) 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.

The day’s first big challenge is at Far End, where we tackle the climb onto Swarth Moor, the highest point of the day at around 265 metres. From here you are rewarded with a downhill descent alongside the River Ribble to Settle, your 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 your second evening.

Day 3
Settle to Pateley Bridge
27 Miles / 43 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 1100m

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 your 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, you can see Rye Loaf Hill (547metres) to your left. Your 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 is Pateley Bridge just a couple of miles away and you’ll arrive there courtesy of a steep downhill (take care!) that deposits you in this Yorkshire village.

Day 4
Pateley Bridge to York
48 Miles / 77 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 900m

Although today’s mileage is the longest of the trip, the steep hills of the Dales are now behind you and with your cycling legs geared up for another day in the saddle you’ll soon be eating up the miles. It wouldn’t however be a Skedaddle trip without a little morning climb, so first thing you’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.

Day 5
York to Driffield
42 Miles / 68 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 600m

A fairly easy day of cycling with just one hilly section (but not like those of the previous few days) 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, you’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 route to our accommodation in Driffield, known as the capital of the Wolds.

Day 6
Driffield to Bridlington
19 Miles / 31 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 200m

A relaxed start today on your final day of the trip. Just 19 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 why not stop at Burton Agnes for a short break at which point you’ll be able to see the impressive Burton Agnes Hall and Manor House. Burton Agnes is also famous for its annual Scarecrow Festival, so make sure you wear your best cycling clothes to avoid any confusion! 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. You will then be transferred back to your car in York or York train station.

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The Cycling


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.


Leisure Cycling Grade

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

Choose your own dates between April and mid October from £870 per person, just give us a call to check availability. Alternatively for a great value holiday choose one of our scheduled weekend departures below.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)

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

C) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation

D) Detailed Skedaddle route notes and relevant maps

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Luggage transfer service

G) Skedaddle Local Representative

H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if hiring your bike from Skedaddle)

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Travel insurance

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

D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)

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

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

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

H) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

If you intend to drive to York we will provide directions to the accommodation where you will be able to leave your vehicle close-by to the accommodation in free on street parking for the duration of the trip.

If you prefer to travel by train your destination is York and your accommodation is a short 15 minute taxi ride away.

You will be expected to finish in Bridlington at around 16.00 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 18.30.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your holiday and check with us before booking your travel so that we can ensure it fits with the trip schedule.


In the UK we use small, good quality 3 or 4 star hotels, B&Bs, inns and small family-run hotels. Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested 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 and panniers are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock.

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