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Way of the Roses

E Yorkshire, Lancashire, N Yorkshire, York

274 km / 170 miles
The way of the Roses is a new cycle route going coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington which is also available for walkers. It is split into three major sections.

1. Morecambe - Cracoe. 47 miles (76 km)
This western section which is largely level and traffic-free, runs from Morecambeís promenade (and the Irish Sea) to Lancasterís riverside before heading up the Lune Valley to the Crook O'Lune viewpoint. Country lanes then traverse the hilly Forest of Bowland and southern Dales terrain to Cracoe. The climb out of Settle is the toughest of the whole route.

2. Cracoe - York. 62 miles (99 km)
From Cracoe, the route is undulating before reaching the River Wharfe at Burnsall, where the road climbs onto Nidderdale moorland and the highest point of the route (402m/1312ft) at Greenhow. Heed the warning signs for the descent into Pateley Bridge. After a final steep climb to Brimham Rocks, gradients start to ease to Ripon. The Vale of York and the riverside path into the city are generally flat.

3. York - Bridlington. 61 miles (98 km)
Leaving York, cycle lanes and traffic-free paths lead to Pocklington at the Wolds edge. The road then winds up a dry valley, before sloping gently down to Driffield and onto Burton Agnes. The route then rises up onto Woldgate Roman Road with the views of the North Sea, before descending through Bridlingtonís Old Town for a spin along the promenade where you can see the white cliffs of Flamborough Head.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Cycle Route
Start: SD428642 - Morecambe, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Finish: TA191674 - Bridlington, E Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Way of the Roses Sustrans - Way of the Roses

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Cycling the Way of the Roses : coast to coast across Lancashire and Yorkshire, with six circular day rides  (Cicerone Press  - 2018 )


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