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Cycling the Way of the Roses

Coast to coast across Lancashire and Yorkshire, with six circular day rides

Guidebook to cycling the Way of the Roses across Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Morecambe to Bridlington. A 170 mile coast to coast across the north of England split into 3 days, with alternative 4 and 5-day itineraries outlined. Maps and route profiles are provided for each stage, with advice on preparation, equipment and accommodation.


Possible year-round but preferable April-October.


Morecambe, Lancaster, Settle, Burnsall, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, York, Stamford Bridge, Pocklington, Millington, Driffield, Bridlington.


A 170-mile challenge within the reach of cyclists of all abilities. The Way of the Roses is possible on a road bike or a hybrid. A three day itinerary of 50-60 miles per day is described, along with longer and shorter options. Six individual day rides of a similar difficulty are also included.

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Cycle from coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington through the spectacular scenery of the Lune Valley, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds. Cycle on peaceful minor roads and traffic-free sections on dismantled railways.
13 Apr 2018
4 Aug 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

Guidebook to the Way of the Roses, a 170-mile coast-to-coast cycle route across Lancashire and Yorkshire. The three-day journey (alternative two, four and five day itineraries are also outlined) begins in Morecambe and finishes in Bridlington, linking scenic country lanes, minor roads and traffic-free cycle paths. Six excellent day rides, located in the vicinity of the main route, are also described.

Clear and concise route description is accompanied by 1:100K mapping and gradient profiles, guaranteeing problem-free navigating. Also included is handy advice on practicalities such as preparation, equipment, accommodation and travel logistics to and from the start and finish of the route.

A challenge within the reach of cyclists of all abilities and a satisfying traverse across country, the Way of the Roses takes in idyllic villages such as Burnsall, Pocklington and Settle, castles and cathedrals including York, Ripon abbey and prehistoric sites, along with stunning natural features such as the Three Peaks, Brimham Rocks and Flamborough Head.

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By Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla is an outdoors all-rounder who loves hiking, biking, scrambling and climbing. Rachel is an outdoors writer and photographer who is also trained as a journalist and teacher. She has hiked and climbed across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2007 Rachel became the first woman to reach the summit of every country in Europe, and co-wrote the Cicerone guide book Europe’s High Points soon afterwards. She is passionate about enthusing the next generation of hikers and cyclists with a love of the outdoors.

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