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From historic cities to rolling hills – Cycling the Way of the Roses

Chris McClean

From historic cities to rolling hills – Cycling the Way of the Roses

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

181 mi

8,150 ft

8,175 ft

Rolling hills divided by walls of mossy grey stone, windswept moors stretching towards the horizon, meadows colored blue, yellow, and pink – cycling the Way of the Roses is a mesmerizing journey from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

The way of the Roses will lead you 170 miles (273 km) across the North of England from Morecambe to Bridlington. Along the way, you will pass through stunning nature such as the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Wolds, cross meandering rivers, and explore cobbled-stone streets.

Named after the Wars of the Roses between the English dynastic families Lancaster and York in the 15th Century, the Way of the Roses traverses fascinating eras of history.

Ancient castles with gruesome pasts, unique cathedrals, crumbling Viking ruins, deserted battlefields, and former industrial centers that once shaped the world we live in are all waiting for you to explore.

Ranging from 16 miles (27 km) to 26 miles (59 km) in length, the seven routes in this Collection are easy to navigate by following the white and red rose signposts. Each route will show you a different aspect of the region’s diverse landscape and culture.

Whether you are looking for a leisurely bike ride with your family or a hardcore cycling adventure, the routes in this Collection are suitable for all levels of riders – simply do more stages in a day to make it more of an endurance ride. Aside from two steeper climbs, the route remains relatively flat with only gently undulating hills. You will also cycle mostly on quiet roads and tarmac cycle paths with a few off-road sections which most bikes should handle, no matter if you are riding a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, or something else.

Your journey begins in the town of Morecambe. Nestled on the coast of the Irish Sea, Morecambe is a thriving seaside town with a sprawling bay, plenty of ice cream shops, and friendly holiday atmosphere. Starting from its promenade, the Way of the Roses is signposted by a white and red rose all the way to Bridlington.

In Morecambe, you will plenty of accommodation options. If you are looking to start your trip in style, the 1930s Midland Hotel is an impressive art nouveau masterpiece, whilst family-run bed and breakfasts make for a cozy stay. You can easily reach Morecambe via train, with regular trains from Leeds, Heysham Port, and Lancaster.

For more information about the Way of the Roses, visit: wayoftheroses.info
For train times and tickets to Morecambe, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/morecambe

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:09
    30.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your first day of cycling the Way of the Roses, you can expect to be inspired by the history and beauty of the region. Today’s route will take you …

  • Difficult
    02:22
    20.8 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Leading 20 miles (33.5 km) through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, the second route of the Way of the Roses is a pleasant cycle ride through some of the most beautiful …

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  • Intermediate
    01:56
    16.7 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Magnificent hills, delicious afternoon tea, quaint Yorkshire villages, and beautiful countryside await you as you continue your journey along the Way of the Roses.

    Leaving from Hetton, you will continue …

  • Intermediate
    02:44
    26.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are interested in history, stage four of the Way of the Roses will fascinate you. Today, you will pass ancient moorland rock formations, UNESCO World Heritage sites brimming …

  • Intermediate
    02:11
    23.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Having left the hills of the Yorkshire Dales firmly behind, stage five of the Way of the Roses is pleasantly flat, climbing only 100 meters (328 feet) over 23 miles …

  • Difficult
    03:33
    36.7 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Ancient battlefields, patchwork fields, tree-lined country lanes, and flowing rivers await you as you continue along the Way of the Roses.

    Leaving the bustling city of York behind you, you …

  • Intermediate
    02:36
    27.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your day begins in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds at Hutton Cranswick. Continuing through the quiet countryside along country lanes, you will notice as the landscape slowly changes as …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    181 mi
  • Duration
    18:31 h
  • Elevation
    8,150 ft8,175 ft
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From historic cities to rolling hills – Cycling the Way of the Roses