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Morecambe to Settle

The place to stay in Morecambe is undoubtedly the stunning art deco Midland Hotel, an astonishing outpost of the Railway Age on the seafront. But if, like us, your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, choose from one of the many guesthouses in this pleasantly weathered seaside resort, and eat at the excellent Palatine pub.

Take a photo by the Way of the Roses sign on the promenade before setting off. The first seven miles are all easy railway path, crossing the River Lune in Lancaster on a splendid new cycle bridge. Note the Lancaster Canal passing overhead on a sturdy aqueduct.

The friendly little café at Caton marks the start of the country lanes that characterise this route, often unfenced through lush pasture. There’s a few climbs as you dodge along the side of the Lune Valley, but nothing too steep; the gently undulating ride up the Wenning Valley from Wray, long a favourite road with cyclists, is greatly enjoyable.

It might be called the Way of the Roses, but only 19 miles of this 170-mile route is in Lancashire. Clapham is a pretty Yorkshire Dales village, and a good tea-and-cake stop. There was once a notorious cobbled lane here, all tunnels and rocks, but the route has sensibly been rerouted along a new cyclepath beside the busy A65; those with suspension might still like to try their skills at the original route.

The valley of the infant Ribble leads to Settle, best known for its railway to Carlisle but in itself a friendly, not-too-touristy town. Local supermarket legends Booths (like Waitrose, but northern) have an outlet here. Accommodation in Settle is a little pricier than you’ll pay elsewhere, but it’s a good first-night stop if you’re taking the route over four days.

Hotels

Arkholme

from £60Brunthill House

Bentham

from £79Burnmoor View

Bolton le Sands

Bolton le Sands (Near Morecombe)

Burton-in-Kendal Carnforth

from £78Swan III

Burton-in-Lonsdale Carnforth

Carnforth

from £2000Masons Freehouse
from £105The Homestead
from £105The Homestead

Clapham

from £127New Inn Hotel

Claughton

from £2000The Fenwick Arms

Cumbria & the Lakes

Hest Bank

from £105Coastal View

Heysham

High Bentham

from £2000The Coach House

Hornby Nr. Kirkby Lonsdale

Ingleton

from £70Holly Grange
from £2000Wheatsheaf

Kirkby Lonsdale

Lancashire

Lancaster

from £55Crows Hotel
from £35Headway Hotel
from £120The Ashton
from £50The Borough
from £60The Sun Hotel

Langcliffe Near Settle

Low Bentham

Melling

from £103Station House

Morecambe

from £9215 Elms Road
from £70Craigwell
from £92Enys
from £140Midland Hotel
from £35The Clifton
from £32The Sea Crest
from £2000The Sea Lynn
from £27The Trevelyan
from £29The Westleigh
from £76The Wimslow
from £31Westleigh
from £2000Yacht Bay View
from £38bellevue

Morecambe, Lancashire

Nr Settle

from £95The Traddock

Settle

from £89Holly House
from £80Moor View
from £2000Royal Oak
from £2000The Stables

Skipton

from £2000The Boars Head

Tewitfield

from £82Sandpiper

Wigglesworth

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Settle to Ripon

Any coast-to-coast route is going to involve some hills. The good news is that the Way of the Roses is much kinder than, say, the C2C. But it’s still no pussycat – and the climbs start here.

The climb out of Settle is crazily steep… and cobbled. It’s also pretty short; the main action is over in half a mile, so there’s no shame in pushing. You’re rewarded with the surprisingly remote scenery at the top, followed by a string of little villages over the succeeding miles. The tiny narrow road out of Cracoe is particularly enjoyable.

Burnsall and Appletreewick are good places to overnight if you’re tackling the route in three days, and enjoyable stops at any rate. Burnsall thrives on its riverside tea rooms, while Appletreewick has two excellent pubs, camping and a ‘mountain bike livery’.

There’s another tough climb up from Appletreewick to Greenhow Hill, but it’s the following descent where you have to take more care. The B-road down to Pateley Bridge is twisty, steep and often potholed. Take it carefully, especially in wet weather; there have been serious cycling accidents here. Ridden sensibly, it’s very enjoyable.

Pateley Bridge itself is a pleasant Dales town, a good place to refuel for the next climb – pretty much the last one for 60 miles. It leads to Brimham Rocks, a National Trust-owned playground of “weird and wonderful” rock formations, and a genuinely surreal area to cycle through.

The National Trust figures again five miles further on, at Fountains Abbey. This World Heritage Site is a stunning assembly of history: the Cistercian abbey, the landscape gardens, the medieval deer park. Best of all, you can cycle through the grounds, in a remarkably forward-thinking move by the Trust – one which other stately home owners would do well to emulate (yes, we mean you, Blenheim Palace). It makes a fittingly grand approach to the cathedral city of Ripon.

Hotels

Airton

from £77Newfield Hall

Bell Busk

Birstwith

Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton Nr. Ripon

from £143The Barn
from £125The Granary

Burnsall

Dacre Banks

Dallowgill

from £80Crag House

Darley, Harrogate

Fellbeck

from £131Sugar Hill Farm

Gargrave

from £96Duck Cottage
from £64River Place

Grassington

from £85Scar Croft

Harrogate

from £58Chequers Inn
from £60Chequers Inn
from £2000Roslyn House
from £2000The Crown Inn
from £70The New Inn
from £2000Wellington Inn

Hebden

from £379Dipper Fold

Knaresborough

Langcliffe Near Settle

Malham

from £55The Buck
from £2000The Buck Inn
from £65The Victoria

Malham, Near Skipton

from £69Beck Hall

North Yorkshire

Nr Settle

from £95The Traddock

Nr Skipton

Pateley Bridge

from £110Grassfield Hall
from £130Grassfield Hall

Ripon

from £130Oak Tree House
from £55The Ship
from £2000The White Horse

Scalegill Mill Kirkby Malham

from £52Dipper

Settle

from £89Holly House
from £2000Royal Oak
from £2000The Stables

Skipton

from £2000Ashfield House
from £140Love Cottage
from £58Masons Arms
from £2000The Boars Head
from £85Tudor House
from £0YHA Malham

Threshfield

from £118Grisedale Barn

Threshfield

from £70Bridge House

Wigglesworth

Winksley Banks

from £126The Old Barn

Wormald Green

York

from £95The Crown Inn
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Ripon to York

Had enough hills for now? No problem. The route is almost entirely flat between Ripon and York, following the Ure and Ouse valley (one of those rivers that changes its name). Neither city needs an introduction from us. Both are tourist hotspots, best known for their cathedral and minster respectively; and both have plenty to distract the touring cyclist for an afternoon or more.

The Way of the Roses meanders down the valley along quiet rural lanes, stopping in at Boroughbridge – less well known than Ripon, certainly, but worth a brief stop. It crosses the Ouse on the rickety Aldwark Toll Bridge, which is free for cyclists; motorists are charged a sky-high 40p. From here the roads get a little busier, but still very tolerable except, perhaps, at school run times.

The route enters York on a tarmac cycle path across the meadows, neatly avoiding the city traffic. Then, instead of continuing along the riverside, it diverts past York Minster onto another traffic-free route, the Foss Islands path. It’s a good route all told, but you’ll miss out much of York if you simply follow it; so lock your bike up by the Minster, and go for a stroll around town.

Hotels

Aldwark

from £93Haddocks Nook

Aldwark

Arkendale

Beningbrough Nr. York

Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton Nr. Ripon

from £143The Barn
from £125The Granary

Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge

from £60Grantham Arms

Brafferton

from £60Oak Tree Inn

Clifton

Green Hammerton

Harrogate

from £58Chequers Inn
from £60Chequers Inn
from £70The New Inn

Helperby

from £2000The Oak Tree Inn

Heworth, York

Knaresborough

Linton-on-Ouse

Moor Monkton

Moor Monkton

Murton

Nr York

Ripon

from £130Oak Tree House
from £55The Ship
from £2000The White Horse

Tollerton, York

Upper Poppleton

from £56The Red Lion

Vale Of York

Wormald Green

York

from £14Safestay York

York

from £7423 St Mary's
from £179Abbeygate House
from £95Airden House
from £70Airden House
from £2000Alhambra Court
from £39Amor Matris
from £93Ascot House
from £2000Ascot House
from £159Ascot Mews
from £35Astley House
from £55B B York
from £50B+B York
from £50Bay Horse
from £152Belfrey House
from £88Big Barn
from £62Blakeney House
from £65Blakeney House
from £45Blossoms York
from £89Blossoms York
from £20Blossoms York
from £2000Bowen House
from £70Bowen House
from £2000Burton Stone Inn
from £170Castlegate
from £105City 3
from £2000City Guest House
from £142Clifford'S View
from £2000Diamonds Villa
from £2000Dovecote House
from £2000Feversham Lodge
from £2000Georges Place
from £41Grange Lodge
from £180Grays Court
from £190Grays Court
from £109Guy Fawkes Inn
from £100Henshaw House
from £84Hilton York
from £105Holgate Bridge
from £98Holly Lodge
from £130Holmwood House
from £67Hotel 53
from £52Hotel Noir
from £77Hotel Noir
from £82Jorvik Hotel
from £52Jorvik Hotel
from £104Judges Court
from £333Lendal Tower
from £69Little Barn
from £99Martins Court
from £60Middletons
from £130Midway House
from £118Monks Retreat
from £75Mowbray House
from £219Murton Grange
from £2000No. 21 York
from £70No. 21 York
from £53Old Grey Mare
from £170Petergate York
from £135River Haven
from £13Safestay York
from £10Safestay York
from £129St Denys Hotel
from £120St Paul s Lodge
from £182St Peter's
from £2000The Bay Horse Inn
from £65The Cavalier
from £95The Crown Inn
from £70The Farthings
from £89The Granary
from £89The Hayloft
from £90The Hazelwood
from £69The Hollies
from £120The Limes
from £2000The Limes
from £84The Limes
from £2000The Nags Head
from £116The Old Stables
from £2000The Red Lion
from £2000The White Horse
from £91Walker House
from £10YHA York
from £39YHA York
from £10YHA York
from £2000York House
from £59Zills B&B
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York to Bridlington

The easy riding continues through the flatlands of East Yorkshire, passing Stamford Bridge – site of the other 1066 battle. The journey there involves an unsurfaced bridleway, but it’s easily rideable and avoids the busy A road running parallel.

Pocklington is a real find, an unspoilt market town with an endearing mix of architectural styles. It marks the beginnings of the Yorkshire Wolds, a superb cycling area that has somehow escaped the attention of most riders. The next ten miles of riding are among the best on the whole route, tiny lanes nestling in narrow dales. There’s a small amount of climbing to do – we’re starting from just above sea level, after all – but it’s worth it.

After descending into Tibthorpe, a roundabout route takes the Way of the Roses into the proudly old-fashioned town of Driffield – perhaps best known for its annual agricultural show.

From here, it’s quiet lanes all the way to Bridlington, with a short off-road interlude after Harpham. This area, particularly the Roman Road of Woldgate, is a frequent source of inspiration for painter and Bridlington resident David Hockney.

Bridlington’s cheerful promenade, busy harbour and acres of sand make for a terrific end to the route. Arrive on a summer day and it’s the quintessential seaside resort, still with a touch of the 1950s about it; even on an autumn evening it has an undeniable appeal. But be warned – people have been known to stare out to sea and think “hmmm, maybe my next challenge should be the 4,000-mile North Sea Cycle Route”…

Hotels

Bainton, Driffield

from £100Wolds Village

Barmby Moor York

Barmby on the Moor

Bempton

from £66Copper House
from £67Shyre Stable
from £95Teapot Row
from £66The Granary

Brandesburton

from £145Broad Leaf
from £219Four Bays
from £180Riverview

Bridlington

from £2000Burlington Quays
from £88Comyn
from £65Expanse Hotel
from £107Fairways Lodge
from £25Glencoe Hotel
from £40Glencoe Hotel
from £25Happy Days
from £71Holmlea
from £2000Longcroft Lodge
from £82Mews Cottage
from £20Monarch Hotel
from £2000Monarch Hotel
from £36Mont Millais
from £35Mont Millais
from £2000Oakwell Holidays
from £60Sans Lodge
from £47Shearwater
from £2000Spaview
from £50Spaview
from £69The Beach Hut
from £86The Beach Hut
from £55The Belmont
from £2000The Brockton
from £30The Chimes
from £54The Glen Alan
from £45The Hollies
from £75The Oasis
from £38The Promenade
from £49The Seacourt
from £2000The Stonmar
from £67The Tennyson
from £67The Tennyson
from £0Trinity
from £2000Trinity Hotel
from £0Viking Hotel
from £30Winston House

Bridlington, East Yorkshire

from £70Lincoln House

Brigham

from £90Meadow View
from £122The Byre
from £407The Granary
from £74The Stable

Buttercrambe

Clifton

Cranswick

Driffield

Driffield

from £2000Highfield Farm
from £2000Hotel Forty One
from £2000The Red Lion
from £2000The Star Inn
from £2000White Horse Inn
from £75Wolds Village

Dunnington

from £2000Primrose Lodge

Harpham

from £2000St Quintin Arms

Hayton York

Heworth, York

Huggate

Kirkburn

from £78Acorn Cottage

Murton

Nafferton

from £244Beech View

Nafferton

from £58The Star Inn

North Dalton

Pocklington East Yorkshire

from £175KP Lodges

Pocklington

from £69The KP

Sewerby

from £71Beech Cottage
from £101Chesnut Cottage
from £76Oak Cottage
from £0The Lodge

Sewerby Bridlington

from £126The Galery
from £76The Road Hole

Tibthorpe Nr. Driffield

from £113The Bolthole

Upper Poppleton

from £56The Red Lion

Vale Of York

Wansford

from £0The Old Barn

Wansford

Wilberfoss

Wilberfoss Nr. York

from £125Casa Dolce Vita
from £150Eden Lodge
from £139Laburnum Lodge
from £129Poplar Lodge

Wilsthorpe

York

from £14Safestay York

York

from £7423 St Mary's
from £179Abbeygate House
from £95Airden House
from £70Airden House
from £2000Alhambra Court
from £39Amor Matris
from £2000Ascot House
from £93Ascot House
from £159Ascot Mews
from £35Astley House
from £55B B York
from £50B+B York
from £50Bay Horse
from £152Belfrey House
from £88Big Barn
from £62Blakeney House
from £65Blakeney House
from £20Blossoms York
from £89Blossoms York
from £45Blossoms York
from £2000Bowen House
from £70Bowen House
from £2000Burton Stone Inn
from £170Castlegate
from £105City 3
from £2000City Guest House
from £142Clifford'S View
from £2000Diamonds Villa
from £2000Dovecote House
from £2000Feversham Lodge
from £2000Georges Place
from £41Grange Lodge
from £190Grays Court
from £180Grays Court
from £109Guy Fawkes Inn
from £100Henshaw House
from £84Hilton York
from £105Holgate Bridge
from £98Holly Lodge
from £130Holmwood House
from £67Hotel 53
from £52Hotel Noir
from £77Hotel Noir
from £82Jorvik Hotel
from £52Jorvik Hotel
from £104Judges Court
from £2000Kexby House
from £333Lendal Tower
from £69Little Barn
from £99Martins Court
from £60Middletons
from £130Midway House
from £118Monks Retreat
from £75Mowbray House
from £219Murton Grange
from £70No. 21 York
from £2000No. 21 York
from £53Old Grey Mare
from £170Petergate York
from £135River Haven
from £13Safestay York
from £10Safestay York
from £129St Denys Hotel
from £120St Paul s Lodge
from £182St Peter's
from £65The Cavalier
from £215The Farmhouse
from £70The Farthings
from £89The Granary
from £89The Hayloft
from £90The Hazelwood
from £69The Hollies
from £2000The Limes
from £84The Limes
from £120The Limes
from £2000The Nags Head
from £116The Old Stables
from £2000The Red Lion
from £2000The White Horse
from £91Walker House
from £10YHA York
from £39YHA York
from £10YHA York
from £2000York House
from £60Yorkway Motel
from £59Zills B&B

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