Way of the Roses (4 day)

  • The Way of the Roses tour done over 4 days averages at 43 miles a day. If you would prefer a more challenging ride then please see our 3 day version.

    The price for the 4 day 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 or £575 for sole occupancy of a double room each day. Accommodation is in good standard hotels, 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 choose 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. You can view a few photos from the May 2017 tour here

    Tour dates:

    Wed 30th May – Sun 3rd June 2018 Places Available

    Wed 26th – Sun 30th September 2018 Places Available

  • Arrival Day – Wed: Arrive Morecambe
    Arrive at the traditional English seaside resort of Morecambe where we will get together, ready for our adventure.

    Day 1 – Thurs: Morecambe to Settle (35 miles) Elevation: 1898ft / 578m
    Departing from Morecambe Bay the route passes through the historic city of Lancaster before passing through the picturesque Lune Valley to Hornby. Cycling through the Forest of Bowland to Clapham and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers more spectacular scenery before arriving at the charming town of Settle where we will spend our first night.

    Day 2 – Fri: Settle to Ripon (35 miles) Elevation: 3877ft / 1181m
    This hilly yet rewarding day ride sees us passing the highest point of the route at 402m near Greenhow. The Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty is amongst the most scenic section of the ride and Pateley Bridge is a hidden gem and makes a fine stop for lunch. As we continue east the route becomes less demanding as we leave the hills behind to arrive at the Cathedral city of Ripon.

    Day 3 – Sat: Ripon to Pocklington (49 miles) Elevation: 574ft / 174m  
    A nice flat day’s ride takes us into the Vale of York through green fields and farmland and onto the historic city of York which is a fine place to visit. We will pass York Minster and cycle alongside the River Ouse before taking to cycle paths and quiet country lanes to the small town of Pocklington. Although the mileage is quite high the terrain is flat which makes for an easy penultimate days ride.

    Day 4 – Sun: Pocklington to Bridlington (43 miles) Elevation: 1466ft / 446m
    Into the Yorkshire Wolds the scenery becomes more spectacular before the fantastic descent away from Huggate. Another flat section passes through Driffield and Burton Agnes before a few undulations to test the legs. The final stretch passes through Bridlingtons old town before reaching the promenade and the end of the adventure.

  • What’s Included?

    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 £50 – £80), transport to Morecambe, transport from Bridlington.

    Group Size

    The group will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 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 3 – 4 star B&B’s, country pubs and hotels. 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).

    Back up

    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.

    Your baggage will be transferred for you each day and will be waiting for you at your accommodation when you arrive.


    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 road bike or hybrid bike would be preferable however the ride can be done on a mountain bike if you prefer. We have a range of hybrid bikes , touring bikes and road bikes available for hire (£50 – 80 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. Kit list provided.

  • Booking

    To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £250.00 per person for tours of 7 days or longer or £50.00 for all other tours or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 8 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

    Cancellation by Us

    In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or we will move you to a different tour date if you’re able to do so. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 3 calendar months before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

    Cancellation by You

    If you have to cancel your holiday then please notify us as soon as possible. We always try to be fair and will always try to move you to different tour date if possible. If you cancel your tour less than 8 weeks before your tour start date then you will lose all monies already paid. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover cover this.

    Notice of Cancellation Charge (% of Full Price)

    Length of time before the tour is due to start Cancellation Charge
    More than 60 days before start date Deposit
    Less than 60 days before start date 100%

    Cooling Off Period

    If you decide to cancel your tour after receipt of your booking form you will be entitled to a 14 day cooling off period. During this time you will be entitled to a full refund of any monies paid.


    B&B Option – double or twin

    If you chose the B&B only option you will stay in a mixture of B&B’s, hotels and country pubs. If you are travelling with a friend then you will be roomed together in a twin or or if you’re with your partner then you will be in a double room (or a twin if you prefer). If you are travelling alone then you will be roomed with another member of the group in a twin room (same sex). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby. The majority of the rooms you stay in will be en-suite however you may stay in a couple of rooms that are not en-suite.

    Single Room Option

    If you choose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room in a mixture of en-suite and non en-suite rooms.

    Sole Use of a Double room Option

    If you choose this option you will have a guaranteed double room to yourself throughout the tour. You will always have an en-suite each night of your tour. There may be a rare occasion when you have a separate bathroom but this is very unlikely.

    YHA (Youth Hostel) Option

    This option is only available for the 14 day LEJOG tour. If you chose the YHA option you will stay in a mixture of hostels, hotels & B&B’s staying in single sex dormitory rooms, single rooms, twin rooms & triples.


    On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back up van each day. Tours with 8 – 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back up van and the other guide cycling with the group or both guides driving a back up van each. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

    Cycle Hire

    If you choose the cycle hire option you will be provided with your bike at the start of your tour. The bike comes with everything you need for your trip although some people like you use their own saddle, peddles and/or helmet (just let us know beforehand). At the end of your tour you can simply hand your bike back to us when you finish cycling. Please see the additional cycle hire sheet for details of the bikes we have available.

    Minimum Number

    If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 3 calendar months prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 8 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

    Consumer Protection

    In order to comply with EU Travel Regulations 1992 your deposit & final payment will be held in a separate account until your holiday is completed. This is to ensure the financial security of your holiday.


    It is compulsory that you take out adequate holiday insurance including medical cover, personal accident, loss of belongings & cancellation cover. We cannot be held responsible for your own illness, injury or loss/damage of your bike or belongings while on holiday.

    EHIC – European Health Insurance Card (for EU nationals travelling in Europe)

    This card entitles you to greatly reduced or free state medical services throughout Europe, including Switzerland. We recommend you send off for one of these before the trip and carry it with you. It’s important to bear in mind that these cards are not a substitute for travel insurance and adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this tour. This link will give you all the information you need about the EHIC. www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC


    Cycling is a potentially dangerous activity & the risks involved should be considered before undertaking such a trip. We will be cycling mostly on quiet back roads however there will be times when we cycle on busier roads where traffic density is higher. All persons undertaking this tour do so at their own risk & Peak Tours cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst on the trip. For further details please see our risk acknowledgement statement here which forms part of these conditions.


    By signing your booking form you agree to the booking conditions as outlined above. Peak tours will carry out our obligations as detailed in the tour itinerary & any information supplied to you.

  • All the B&B’s and hotels were excellent. Clean and comfy beds, tea/coffee making facilities, lovely bathrooms and great breakfasts.

    Day 2 was the hardest by far but offered the best views.

    A wonderful array of treats from the van and a great cuppa made for us by your excellent staff.

    It was extremely well-planned and everything ran smoothly.

    What superb guides. They provided enough input and still treated everyone with the utmost respect and sensitivity.

    Ann Wilson, 3 Day Aug 2017

    Romantic scenery, quiet roads and generally well signposted. The tour was very well organised. The brew and lunch stops were in the right places. We always had good instructions for the day.


    Paula Wood 4 Day Sept 2017

    Group size: Just right because we all went with small groups and sometimes found yourself with a different group which made it good to make friends with all the group.


    Stephen Taylor 4 Day Sept 2017

    The ride provided constant views and was a pleasure, ever-changing light, weather and company. It offered challenges for inexperienced cyclists but these were achievable with effort, which just helped the sense of achievement at the end of the day. The quiet roads selected were fantastic and really added to the experience.

    Really detailed and must have taken a lot of time to compile. Thank you! It was great to have these beforehand too.

    Superb, everything went smoothly, at least from my perspective. It was such a pleasure just to ride and choose food knowing we were supported by experienced and friendly tour leaders.

    As above, the combination of the personalities in the team worked really well. Graham was constantly smiling and everything was ‘brilliant’. He adjusted my gears at the end of day 1, and gave the impression that nothing was too much trouble.

    I had 2 punctures on the last day and Dave took a lot of time to help us, always with a smile and a relaxed manner. Hamish was also really considerate with the whole group.The balance the 3 guides achieved between being present and accessible was perfect.I think having the backup took all of the strain out of the holiday, which is why we didn’t do it independently.

    I have recommended the tour to friends already. Your company deserves success and the praise and repeat bookings it receives.

    I loved the tour experience, the mix of people, the challenge and the whole spirit, which was set by the team and their relaxed, supportive way of being with everyone. Well done Peak Tours!!! Can I work for you? ???


    Jane Harris, 4 Day Sept 2017

    Had a wonderful time, haven’t hesitated to recommend Peak Tours


    Keith Parkinson, 4 Day Sept 2017

    Outstanding. To cross the country with minimal traffic interaction is remarkable.

    The brew van is brilliant. When tired I soon learned to see a mirage of the red van oasis.

    Can’t wait for my next one.


    Steve Moorby, 4 Day Sept 2017

    Generally the standard of accommodation was excellent.

    Beautiful, well planned scenic route, loved cycling past farmers fields.

    Excellent, very well organised. All the tour guides were excellent. Very knowledgeable and considerate. Great fun too! Have already recommended Peak Tours to my friends. Keep up the good work!


    Michelle Borrell, 4 Day Sept 2017

    Hats off to Tony and Paul – great job!

    Bob Graham October 3 Day 2017

    Excellent. Challenging climbs, especially the one out of Settle – real killer that one. I have used Peak Tours before and the food stops were excellent – same service provided here. I would recommend Peak Tours to any cyclist.


    Les Allen 4 Day September 2017

    Thanks for a wonderful WOTR. Graham, Hamish and Dave could not have been more professional, sensitive to us all and courteous at all times. It was a pleasure to be on the trip. I felt comfortable and safe at all times.

    I will definately recommend Peak Tours.


    Ann Wilson 4 Day September 2017

    Only one word to describe the tour, leaders and organisation...FABULOUS! Hamish and Niv were very thoughtful regarding the group's needs and nothing was too much trouble. Thanks to all - would book again with you and hope to in the future.

    Angela Fay, July 2016

    Very well organised and all of the information provided in advance. I had questions that were answered really quickly. This was my 3rd trip with Peak Tours.

    Jane Kent, July 2016

    Great tour, well organised. Our guides Niv and Hamish were first class.

    J Cooper, July 2016

    I would recommend this company and trip to everyone.

    Mary Howson Way of the Roses 2015

    We were well catered for throughout the trip and it was possible to eat very healthily. The group was a lovely size and worked well together. Graham, the guide, was very skilled at managing a very complex operation. It was also very clear that the trip had been very thoughtfully put together.

    Rachel Pattinson WOTR October 2015

    Everything excellent. Tom and Phil were so helpful. I really can't say how it could be improved.

    Jane Harriman Way of the Roses July 2014

    The brew van was great and all the lunches were excellent.The organisation was excellent.

    John Bithell Way of the Roses September 2014

    Beyond excellent, I couldn't be happier.

    Renata Ruszkiewicz, Way of the Roses September 2014

    Excellent says it all and we would do another tour with you again.

    V Loxley & J McBrearty Way of the Roses July 2014

    The route was challenging in parts, interesting, largely traffic free and in most parts the surface was good.

    All meals were excellent - there was a good choice and whatever was served was always good.

    Enjoyed every minute - the best few days I've had in a long while.

    Si Walker Way of the Roses July 2014

    Plenty of variety between hills and flat sections. Excellent tour

    Colin Moore Way of the Roses

    Completing 170 miles over 4 days was just right, allowing us plenty of time to look around the villages and towns in the evening before dinner.

    Phil and Tom were fabulous - always there when they were needed.

    Grant McPhail & SueHennessy Way of the Roses July 2014

    Yet another excellent tour with a great group and great organisation, made all the more pleasant thanks to Phil and Tom's efforts.

    Bill White Way of the Roses July 2014

    Congratulations to all the group for completing the route and many thanks to you for organising the whole trip. Graham and Phil were very helpful throughout with the tea stops a highlight of the day (I think Graham slightly edged the table layout).

    This was my first cycling trip which I enjoyed so much that I will be looking forward to hearing about the new tours for next year.

    David O'Brian Way of the Roses September 2013

    The tour was so well organised, I couldn't find any critisism. Thank you for a great tour.

    Mike Lee Way of the Rose September 2013

    What a great 4 days a great tour and company. Your staff Phil and Graham are indispensable and a great asset to your company. This tour was well organised and a great personal achievement for myself, it also gave me 4 days with my son Elliott priceless father and son time , so once again thanks to everybody concerned and to top it off we raised over £2000 for charity.

    Andy & Elliott Gilbert Way of the Roses September 2013

    thanks for organising and managing a great trip.

    It was my first time on such a trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it...it was a great group of people and I think we all got on well,Phil and Graham did a great job and the planning was impressive....many thanks

    Richard Bourden Way of the Roses September 2013

    Graham & Phil were an inspiration. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always cheerful.

    The tour was perfect, even with the slight headwind we experienced.

    Sara Cook Way of the Roses September 2013

    Thank you for another excellent tour. It was so good of you to pop up to see us all, I know how busy you are.

    The organisation was superb as usual. Special thanks to Graham and James for making it feel like "a ride out with your mates".

    The accommodation and meals were excellent, as was the company!

    I wish you and your company continued success and I'm looking forward to my next tour with you!

    Paul Tranter Way of the Roses May 2013

    Many thanks for a brilliant job, once again, and it was good to see you on Thursday for dinner. Please pass on my regards to Graham and James for their professionalism with a sense of fun.

    Will definitely ride with Peak tours again, perhaps in Europe next year!!!

    Steve Bridges Way of the Roses May 2013

    Thanks for a wonderful trip. We were impressed by the way the trip was organised.

    The things we especially appreciated were:

    How well we were looked after by James and Graham (especially James given it was his first trip)

    The route directions

    The brew stops – the dried fruit and the fruit tea were lovely touches and it was clear that you’d thought more about what people may want than providing snacks to a cost.

    The B&Bs in Settle and Morecambe in particular

    Jill Armstrong Way of the Roses May 2013

    The route was beautiful. The scenic time of year and fabulous weather undoubtedly contributed, but that aside the route was well-planned and avoided major roads.

    The van snacks were always welcome and were varied and well-thought through and it was a real treat to discover that lunches were included (maybe if I had read the pre-trip information I would have known this).

    Steve & Graham were amiable, efficient and well organised, you really enhanced the trip.

    The tour was excellent. Not a mark I would normally give lightly but well deserved in this instance.

    Sarah Memery Way of the Roses October 2012

    The breakfasts were excellent.
    Having a free choice at lunch was more than expected and the venues were very good.
    The selection in the van was again above my expectation.
    The tour was great - I really enjoyed it and will recommend Peak Tours to friends.

    Jim Gray Way of the Roses October 2012

    Breakfasts were all very good. Lunch breaks were good too. The tea breaks and pork pies were all very welcome.

    Really happy with the organisation. There was really no detail we had to worry about

    Diana Davey Way of the Roses October 2012

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