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Stage 4: From Pateley Bridge to Boroughbridge – the Way of the Roses

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. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

Tour Overview

Park Road

4.55 mi

Brimham Rocks

Bike Touring Highlight

10.8 mi

How Hill Road

Road Cycling Highlight

11.7 mi

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Road Cycling Highlight

16.4 mi

Ripon Cathedral

Bike Touring Highlight

26.4 mi

Village Cross


Tour Profile


Singletrack: 0.28 mi
Path: 1.11 mi
Cycleway: 115 yd
Street: 1.94 mi
Road: 23.0 mi
State Road: < 109 yd


Unpaved: 0.98 mi
Paved: 1.03 mi
Asphalt: 22.3 mi
Unknown: 2.08 mi

Weather Forecast

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June 4, 2019


  • komoot

    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 with history, and stunning cathedrals dating back to the 7th century.

    Before leaving Pateley Bridge, we recommend stocking up on snacks, as you will not find any other supermarkets for the next 11 miles (19 km) of your journey.

    Stage four is a gentle 26 mile (42 km) ride leading you away from the Yorkshire Dales into North Yorkshire. You will pass unusual sites such as the Brimham Rock formations and the Fountains Abbey five miles (8 km) later.

    Here, you are able to cycle through the grounds of this stunning heritage site. Although unusual for National Trust properties, the grounds, including colorful landscape gardens and a medieval deer park, are open to cyclists.

    Shortly after leaving the grounds, you will reach Ripon. Famed for its stunning cathedral, Ripon has been a city for over 1,300 years old. During its turbulent history, the city has witnessed religious movements, Viking control, and Norman invasion, before becoming a center of the wool and cloth industry. Today, this third smallest city in the UK is a thriving city with many shops and restaurants.

    From Ripon, the route flattens out as it follows the Ure and Ouse valley along quiet country lanes, before arriving in Boroughbridge.

    A small but interesting town, Boroughbridge has a thriving high street with various shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Here, you will find a tranquil place to lay your head for the night. You can find more information about visiting Boroughbridge, here: visitharrogate.co.uk/in-the-area/boroughbridge

    • June 11, 2019