Way of the Roses 2012 was the second (the first being Forth to the Clyde) of our training tours in preparation for our upcoming End-to-End (LEJOG). We completed this in March 2012. The route is described by Sustrans as ‘a spectacular coast to coast cycle route passing through both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire’.
Our team consisted of Andy P, Sarah, Andy S, Bruce and Paul.
The route begins in Morecambe and then heads off through Lancaster, Settle, Cracoe, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Boroughbridge, York, Pocklington, Driffield before finishing in Bridlington. The route crosses the northern part of the red rose county of Lancashire before the broad breadth of Yorkshire, the white rose county, passing some of Britain’s most stunning countryside and fascinating heritage sites. Such areas include the Lune Valley, the Forest of Bowland AONB, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds.
We set off on a Saturday at the end of March 2012 and caught the train to Lancaster. From there we cycled to Morecambe where we stayed overnight at Morecambe Travelodge. The tour proper then saw us cycling to Malham Youth Hostel, York Youth Hostel and Hutton Cranswick, before a final days cycling to Bridlington.
Our daily itinerary was:
Day 1 – Morecambe to Malham
Day 2 – Malham to York
Day 3 – York to Hutton Cranswick
Day 4 – Hutton Cranswick to Bridlington
You can view the Way of the Roses 2012 route below: