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Route Facts

Total distance: 171 miles (274 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days cycling
Min daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Max daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Route code: C-WR5
Grade: Beginner
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Morecambe
End of holiday: Bridlington

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Travel to Morecambe where your first nights' accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Morecambe to Hornby. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 3: Hornby to Settle. 20.5 miles (33km)

Day 4: Settle to Grassington. 16 miles (26km)

Day 5: Grassington to Pateley Bridge. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 6: Pateley Bridge to Ripon. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 7: Ripon to Boroughbridge. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 8: Boroughbridge to York. 20 miles (32km)

Day 9: York to Pocklington. 18 miles (29km)

Day 10: Pocklington to Driffield. 24.5 miles (39km)

Day 11: Driffield to Bridlington. 20.5 miles (33km)

Day 12: Depart from Bridlington after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra Nights / Rest Days

The Way of the Roses passes through a variety of remarkable locations that are begging to be explored by cyclists of all interests and walks of life. By adding extra nights into your holiday, you will have plenty of time to learn more about these areas and uncover hidden gems that you may have otherwise missed.

The historic market town of Settle is a wonderful option for an extra night's stay, offering a selection of traditional pubs, tea rooms and restaurants along with plenty of shopping opportunities, including a number of outdoor sports shops should you need to replenish your gear. The local area is also full of interesting sites to explore, such as Victoria Cave, Stainforth Force and Gaping Gill for those interested in the local geography, or avid train spotters can discover the Settle to Carlisle Railway, the Settle Station Signal Box and the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. With so many amazing things to discover, Settle is a remarkable hidden gem that is worth a second look.

For those looking for a livelier place to spend an extra night or two, the city of York is packed with things to see and do to suit all interests and tastes. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city, with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Regarded as one of the UK's premier cycling cities, York is the perfect place to stop and repair or replenish your biking gear, with a range of sports shops, cycle hires, expert advice and cycling tours to suit all abilities. Not only is there a vast range of activities including everything from water sports to ghost hunting, but those in need of a little TLC will also find plenty of spas and health centres in which to indulge in a much-needed massage before continuing on the trail.

Finally, Bridlington is a gorgeous seaside town that would make an excellent choice for a rest day, meaning you can extend your holiday and celebrate the completion of the Way of the Roses in style. As well as all the usual facilities of a coastal town, Bridlington has a fantastic leisure centre including swimming pools, climbing walls, a health suite with a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and a spa, equipping you with everything you need to recover from your cycling journey. As well as this, there is an endless choice of attractions on offer from golf courses to animal parks, along with plenty of shops and eateries to choose from in which to relax and reflect on your memorable cycling holiday.

What's Included?

  • 11 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • A comprehensive information pack containing maps and/or guidebooks, a full itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.

By Air
The most convenient major cities and international airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

By Rail
There is a rail station at the start of the route (Morecambe) and at the end of the route (Bridlington).

From London - You can catch a train from London Euston to Morecambe.

Please note that most train lines will allow for bikes to be taken on board. We advise that you check on as you may need to book a space for your bike or there may be a limit as to how many bikes the train can store.

By Car
For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Please note that most buses in the UK are unable to store bikes on board so we would recommend avoiding this form of transport.

Return to Start
The easiest way to return to the start of the route is by taking a train from Bridlington to Morecambe.

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