Eric in Morecombe
Way of the Roses
What does the ride involve?
The Way of the Roses Coast to Coast is a highly popular route covering 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington, passing through the historic cities of York and Lancaster. It’s a challenging but rewarding adventure.
Velo.cartel is passionate about all things cycling. Whatever your experience their team will provide a cycling adventure that you will never forget. This is a supported tour accompanied by experienced guides. Velo.cartel will provide route planning, source all accommodation (using good quality B&B’S or country hotels), organise full transport for you (your luggage and your bike), provide mechanical assistance during the ride and offer plenty of encouragement - all you’ll need to do is pedal!
The Way of the Roses tour takes place over three days averaging 53 miles a day. A moderate standard of fitness is required to enjoy the tour and participants must have their own road worthy bike and helmet (a full check list of equipment will be provided to all participants in advance).
Morecambe to Settle - 35 miles/1898ft
On the first day of the tour you will be collected from a central location, where you will be conveyed to Morecambe along with your bikes and luggage to the start line. It is intended to arrive at the start line ready for the adventure by late morning. From there you’ll have the opportunity to dip your back wheel into the Irish Sea before setting off from Morecambe Bay on the 35 mile first leg of your journey. The route passes through the historic city of Lancaster before heading on through the picturesque Lune Valley to Hornby. Continue onto the Forest of Bowland to Clapham and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which offers its spectacular scenery before arriving at the charming town of Settle. There you where you will spend your first night arriving there by mid-afternoon at your accommodation, where you will find your bags already waiting for you in your room
Settle to York - 60 miles/4500ft
The second day of the leg is a 60 mile hilly yet rewarding ride travelling through the Nidderdale area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. There is a planned stop for lunch at Pateley Bridge, which is a hidden gem and ideal place for refreshments. Having suitably refuelled, the remainder of the leg east is less demanding through the Vale of York, towards the historic city of York, where you can unwind and take in the sights alongside the river Ouse and York Minster.
York to Bridlington - 65 miles/1790ft
The final day of the leg is a 65 mile journey cycling alongside the river Ouse before taking to cycle paths and quiet country lanes to the small town of Pocklington. Although the longest day, the terrain is mainly flat which makes for an easier day’s ride through to Driffield and Burton Agnes, before a few undulations to give the legs a test or two. The final stretch passes through Bridlington’s old town before reaching the promenade and the end of the adventure, where you can finish off by dipping your wheel in the North Sea. Enjoy the rest of the evening with the knowledge that you’ve completed this challenge, unwinding with a few beers and maybe some fish and chips.
At the end of the tour you will be transported back to your pick-up point. There is always a good camaraderie during the trip and we aim to facilitate a relaxed, friendly and hassle free memorable trip through the Way of the Roses tour.
From £375 based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements apply.