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Way of the Roses Cycle Ride

Completing the Way of the Roses cycle ride in 2016 was my inspiration for turning The Bungalow, Pocklington into an Airbnb.

The Way of The Roses cycle route runs from Morecambe to Bridlington covering 170 miles. Here’s my story…

Feeling very adventurous I set off on my own, and cycled Route 66 from Pocklington into York, where I caught the train to Lancaster. The cycle from there to Morecambe bay was easy, and I was the first of our group to arrive.

On the morning of day 1 we dipped our tyres in the sea. Posed for a few photos and then cycled our first 36 miles to Settle. The route started easily, and became a little more challenging as we reached Settle.

Way of the Roses Morecambe bay

Day 2 saw us challenge the infamous high hill lane out of Settle, and I’m not ashamed to say that we all walked a fair part of it. There’s no shame in walking I always say, the only shame is not getting your bike out in the first place!

Lunch was taken at the cafe at Stump Cross Caverns, fabulous cake 😋

Near the end of day 2 we had a slight detour via Brimham rocks, which was well worth it.

High hill lane Settle way of the Roses Brimham rocks way of the Roses

On day 3 Bishop Thorpe to Pocklington, we saw the hills turn into gentle undulations and the scenery become more cultured as we passed by Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall and York Minster.

Beningborough Hall way of the Roses Betty’s tea rooms york way of the Roses

Obviously on the night of day 3 we stayed at The Bungalow in Pocklington!

On our 4th and final day we cycled the last 44 miles to Bridlington. This was my least favourite day. We’d left behind the stunning scenery and the well known landmarks, and the weather took a turn for the worse. When we stopped for refreshments at Sewerby Hall, it took great strength of character to get back on the bike! The only photos taken on day 4 were at the end.

Arriving in Bridlington in the rain, I’ve never been more glad of a cup of tea!

Way of the Roses Bridlington

In case you’re wondering…no I didn’t cycle home!!

I felt 4 days was a very manageable length of time for our group. We were able to enjoy the scenery and didn’t feel rushed at any of the stops we made, thoroughly recommended.