Way of the Roses
Starting from Morecambe on the west coast this challenging ride passes through stunning scenery along the 170 mile route to the east coast at Bridlington. Opened in September 2010 the Sustrans Way of the Roses tour is well signposted and has train stations at either end making travel to & from the start and end points easy.
The Way of the Roses route passes through the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, Vale of York & the Yorkshire Wolds. As well as the historic cities of Lancaster and York the route also takes us through the towns of Settle, Ripon and Pocklington.
The route that we take avoids main roads and keeps to quiet country lanes and cycleways. A guide cycles with the group and your luggage is moved for you each day. You are provided with detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace or you can cycle with our guide who is always at the back of the group. The back up van will carry spares and a few spare bikes and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems that may occur en-route. Breakfasts are provided each morning lunches are provided at a cafe or pub en-route.
We aim to take the hassle of organising a tour away from you so that you can concentrate on enjoying yourself and completing the Way of the Roses challenge. Your bags are moved for you each day and you have the knowledge that if anything goes wrong with your bike we will be on hand to fix it for you or provide a spare bike if necessary.
The price for the Way of the Roses tour is £425.00 per person if you are sharing a twin or double room or £525.00 if you have a single room each day. Accommodation is in good standard B&B's and country pubs.
At the end of the tour you can return home from Bridlington station or we can take you back to Morecambe if you left your car at your accommodation. There is always a good camaraderie during the trip and we aim to facilitate a relaxed, friendly & memorable Way of the Roses tour.
At the end of the tour at Bridlington you can chose to be transferred back to the start point along with your bike. If you chose the return transfer option please add £65.00 to the total tour price.
To view photos of the latest tour please click here October 2012 Way of the Roses tour
Wed 15th - Sun 19th May 2013 - Places available
Wed 25th - Sun 29th September 2013 - Places available
The tour price includes 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group, back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes, detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace and luggage transfer each day.
What's Not Included?
Evening meals, cycle hire (available for £60), transport to Morecambe, transport from Bridlington.
The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.
You will stay in a variety of places in a mixture of 2 - 3 star B&B’s. All the places that we stay have been carefully selected on grounds of character, location, comfort and cleanliness. Hot showers will always be available so that you can get cleaned up and relax after a long day on the saddle.
All of your breakfasts are included in the price of the trip. You will have a choice of full English, toast, cereals, fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. Lunches are also provided each day at a local cafe. We will meet each evening at a local pub for an evening meal (not included in the price).
An experienced tour leader will cycle with you each day and be on hand to help with any bike problems that may occur. You will have detailed route notes so that you can go slower or faster than the leader if you prefer or you can cycle behind the tour leader so that you don’t have to navigate at all.
A back up van will leap frog the group a number of times each day so that help is never far away. We carry a range of spare parts so that repairs can be made en-route and we will have a spare bike available in the event that your bike has a serious breakdown.
We highly recommend that you use a bike that you are used to and feel comfortable riding. Your bike should be fully serviced and in good condition before you start, this will reduce the risk of mechanical problems and unnecessary stoppages along the way. A hybrid bike is preferable however the ride can be done on a mountain bike if you prefer. We have a range of hybrid bikes & mountain bikes available for hire (£60 per person) if you don’t have your own bike.
This tour is suitable for someone with a reasonable level of fitness and who wants a challenge. If you do plenty of training beforehand you should have no problem completing the ride.
It must be stressed that a good amount of training before the ride will make your tour much more enjoyable and ensure that you finish your ride. We are always happy to advise you about training plans in preparation for the ride.
Clothing & equipment
Clothing for all weathers is recommended so waterproofs are essential. A full recommended kit list is provided & we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Your baggage will be transferred for you each day and will be waiting for you at your accommodation when you arrive.