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Way of the Roses (5 days cycling)

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

6 days

Prices from

$1,115 P.P.

E-BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE

This tour is well-suited to both regular bikes and pedal assist e-bikes, and you can choose to hire either when you book your tour with us. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs, and with less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities.

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The Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route is a classic cycling holiday in the UK that 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 National Landscape, 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. With access to the navigation app you'll be able to navigate the route with ease. Nothing could be simpler!

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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Itinerary

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. For those arriving by car, we can provide info on parking if required.

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
Morecambe to Settle
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 650 Metres Approx.

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
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 820 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 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 (National Landscape), 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
49 Miles / 79 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 550 Metres Approx.

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 you’ll pass Fountains Abbey, then down to Ripon. From here quiet country lanes take you through the numerous small villages of the flat Vale of York as you follow the River Ouse to York and your finish point for the day.

Day 5
York to Bainton nr Driffield
36 Miles / 58 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 410 Metres Approx.

A fairly easy day of cycling with just one hilly section as you climb into the Yorkshire Wolds and head to the historic market town of Driffield. After winding your way out of York you leave the city behind and head out into the farmland, making your 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 your accommodation in Bainton, nr Driffield.

Day 6
Bainton nr Driffield to Bridlington
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 260 Metres Approx.

A relaxed start today on your final day of the trip. The last 30 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. 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

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. If you’re wanting to spend more time exploring the sights along the way, then an e-bike is perfect to cover the miles a little quicker. A great boost, particularly for those steeper climbs in the first couple of days and the longest ride into York.

For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here

The Way of the Roses uses a part of the National Cycle Network, a route from the charity, Sustrans, who are working to make it easier for everyone to cycle in the UK. Skedaddle will donate to Sustrans for every mile that you and others ride on this route with us. If you fancy donating more to Sustrans, you can choose to make your own donation for the development of the National Cycle Network when you make a booking with us.

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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

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 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures (excl. Thu and Fri) available from April to mid October. Choose your own dates from:

2024 $1465 per person

2025 $1545 per person

You either can make a booking online or over the phone. Once we have your details, we’ll be able to check availability.

Alternatively for a great value trip choose one of our scheduled weekend departures below.

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Book now with a $250 deposit and nothing more to pay until 60 days before departure. Choose a date to start your booking and see all prices, including bike hire and single room supplements.

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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) Access to an app for holiday information and navigation

D) A printed map

E) Luggage transfer service

F) Local Skedaddle representative

G) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if renting your bike from Skedaddle)

H) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike and helmet rental (available if required)

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

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

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

I) Other optional activities

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The Essentials

Travel Options

The nearest airports are Manchester (MAN) or Leeds Bradford (LBA).

You can catch a train from Manchester airport, or a bus and a train from Leeds airport, to York. The accommodation is just a short 15 minute taxi ride from the train station.

At the end of your trip our representative will meet you in Bridlington at 16.00 and 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 let us know if you’ll be renting a car and driving, and we can let you know about parking options near the hotel.

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

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 (male frame) or Liv Rove (female frame) with a wide gear range suitable for the route and terrain, semi-slick tyres, hydraulic disc brakes and a relaxed riding position.

Our electric bikes are generally Giant E+ pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday and hydraulic disc brakes. E-bikes come with step through frames as standard but some cross bar frames may be available if preferred. Please let us know if you have a preference.

A rack and two panniers, a handlebar phone mount and one bottle cage are provided with all our rental bikes, along with an emergency repair kit in a seat-post bag containing a puncture repair kit, a multitool, a spare innertube and a bike pump. A bike lock will also be provided (one between two bikes).

We are also able to provide helmets. If you’d like one to be provided, please request this at the time of booking.

You are welcome to bring along your own saddle, or own pedals if renting a hybrid bike, but please let us know if advance if you plan to do so.

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