Completing the Way of the Roses cycle route in 4 days 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 the Pocklington to York section, 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.
Day 1 Morecambe to Settle.
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.
Day 2 Settle to Bishop Thornton.
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! High Hill Lane is a long brutal climb with slopes up to 30%. My legs and lungs will never forget.
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.
Day 3 Bishop Thornton to Pocklington.
On day 3 Bishop Thornton 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. Obviously on the night of day 3 we stayed at The Bungalow in Pocklington!
Day 4 Pocklington to Bridlington.
On our 4th and final day we cycled the last 44 miles to Bridlington. This was my least favourite day. We had 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!
In case you’re wondering…no I didn’t cycle home!!
I felt way of the roses 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. Just for the record The Way of the Roses total ascent was 7621 ft!!