Our first cycle tour of 2014 was the Way of the Roses in April. Sustrans describes this as ‘a spectacular coast to coast cycle route passing through both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire’. Sarah and I have actually completed this coast-to-coast once before. Back in 2012 it formed the second of our training tours when preparing for the End-to-End. We enjoyed it so much that when offered the chance to join a couple of friends from Stockport Community Cycling Club we didn’t hesitate to say yes.
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.
You can follow our Way of the Roses adventures by clicking on the links below:
Way of the Roses Itinerary
Day 1 – Morecambe to Giggleswick
Day 2 – Giggleswick to Pateley Bridge
Day 3 – Pateley Bridge to Pocklington
Day 4 – Pocklington to Bridlington
You can also view the full Way of the Roses route below: