Way of the Roses

Updated 5 September (green)

More information added to each day of the tour, places, food and other useful details.

Updated 15 August ( orange )

Details for travel to Morecambe and home from Bridlington, daily mileage and route difficulty added.

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Tour Dates Changed

Monday 23 to Friday 27 September (4 nights).

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Updated 14 April (red)

Tour Dates

Thursday 26 to Monday 30 September (4 nights).

Participants

Marion, Susan P, Irene, Charmian, Shirley, Sue B. and Clare.

Itinerary

Monday 23 September,

We will stop somewhere on the M6 for a comfort break, probably the popular Junction 38 services. When we arrive in Morecambe we will use Morrisons, giving access to their cafe and toilets, the official start is a short distance from the supermarket. A bite to eat would be sensible before setting off as our official lunch stop will be at Crook O Lune carpark, a few hours cycling away.

Evening meal will be a meat lasagne with a vegetarian version available, salad and a pudding of cake and cream. Please bring along your own drinks, alcoholic or otherwise. A plentiful breakfast will be Continental style.

Note,  please bring along packed lunch, for the first day only.

Meet at MacDonalds (Metro Retail Park) for 8 o’clock, travel to Morecambe in a 12 seat minibus (duration 3 hours, includes a comfort break). Start cycling east to Austwick. We are staying at the Austwick Ramblers Huts on a self catering basis, with evening meal and breakfast provided by Cycle-Treks.

First day mileage totals 28 miles and classed as easy and then moderate and occasionally hard.

Tuesday 24 September,

An early start as we cycle to Pateley Bridge, stopping on route for lunch and staying at Harefield Hotel tonight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

I’ve been asked to take meal choices for our two-course evening meal, I will have a menu to share closer to our day of departure. Lunch will be at the Town End Farm Shop & Cafe in Airton (after climb out of the Settle).

Second day mileage totals 35 miles and is classed hard.

The toughest climb of the route is at Settle, there are plenty of ups and downs during the approach to Settle and at the end of the day there is a long and dangerous decent in to Patelybridge.

Wednesday 25 September,

Another early start, then cycle to York, again taking lunch enroute and staying at York YHA (remember to bring a towel). Evening meal and breakfast to be provided by Cycle-Treks.

Lunch will be at the BoroughBridge Caravan & Camping Park, Roecliffe. It is a clean and tidy site, well equipped for our needs.

The evening meal will be either a rice or pasta based dish with salad, followed by cheese and crackers. After our meal it’s a short riverside walk in to York to see the city sites.

Third day mileage is 43 miles and classed as moderate, although there are some climbs, but these cease at Ripon.

Thursday 26 September,

A later start and cycle to Driffield, lunch enroute, and staying at Forty One Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, our evening meal will be at a local restaurant.

Lunch will be at the newly opened Rachel’s Walnut Cafe in Huggate, Rachel doesn’t  sell savouries but is happy for us to use her cafe as long as buy tea/ coffee and cakes.

Our evening meal is at Yorkshires leading Fish and Chip Cafe, Stuarts of Driffield, again we’ve been asked to provide them with our meal choices ahead of our arrival.

Fourth day mileage is an easy 44 miles.

Friday 27 September,

Start time depends on whether the group wishes to end the challenge at Bridlington (the official end) or carry on a few more miles to Flamborough Head.

We will visit the official end of the route at Bridlington before carrying on to Flamborough Head to meet Anne and the minibus. This adds another 6 miles to the day, taking roughly 45 minutes. There are toilets and a cafe at Flamborough Head, it’s almost certain that we will have our lunch here before starting the journey home.

Fourth day mileage is another easy 20 miles (Bridlington).

Meet with the minibus and head home, arriving back at MacDonalds for approximately 15:30.

Bringing your own bike?

I will collect bikes in the days leading up to our day of departure, I’ll be in touch to arrange this closer to the tour date.