Way of the Roses
Dates in July & August from £475.00 pp
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Way of the Roses

Starting from Morecambe on the west coast this challenging ride passes through stunning scenery along the 170 mile route to the east coast at Bridlington. Opened in September 2010 the Sustrans Way of the Roses tour is well signposted and has train stations at either end making travel to & from the start and end points easy.

The Way of the Roses route passes through the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, Vale of York & the Yorkshire Wolds. As well as the historic cities of Lancaster and York the route also takes us through the towns of Settle, Ripon and Pocklington.

The route that we take avoids main roads and keeps to quiet country lanes and cycleways. A guide cycles with the group and your luggage is moved for you each day. You are provided with detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace or you can cycle with our guide who is always at the back of the group. The back-up van will carry spares and a few spare bikes and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems that may occur en-route. Breakfasts are provided each morning lunches are provided at a cafe or pub en-route.

We aim to take the hassle of organising a tour away from you so that you can concentrate on enjoying yourself and completing the Way of the Roses challenge. Your bags are moved for you each day and you have the knowledge that if anything goes wrong with your bike we will be on hand to fix it for you or provide a spare bike if necessary.

The price for the Way of the Roses tour is £425.00 per person if you are sharing a twin or double room or £525.00 if you have a single room each day. Accommodation is in good standard B&B’s and country pubs.

At the end of the tour you can return home from Bridlington station or we can take you back to Morecambe if you left your car at your accommodation. There is always a good camaraderie during the trip and we aim to facilitate a relaxed, friendly & memorable Way of the Roses tour.

At the end of the tour at Bridlington you can choose to be transferred back to the start point along with your bike. If you chose the return transfer option please add £65.00 to the total tour price.

  • The quiet roads along the Lune Valley
  • Riding through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Vale of York & the Yorkshire Wolds
  • Tea and cake in Ripon

What people have said

“Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!”
Gilly Cooper
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017
Places available
£475.00
From 20 September 2017 to 24 September 2017
Places available
£475.00

Way of the Roses Booking Conditions:

To book a tour please send a completed booking form and (a) Deposit of £200.00 per person or (b) The full holiday cost. If only the deposit is paid at time of booking then full payment of the holiday is required no less than 4 weeks before the start of your holiday. No further reminder is sent. If you book your holiday within 4 weeks of the holiday start date, the full holiday cost is required at time of booking.

Cancellation by Us:

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the tour you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum number of people required to operate this tour hasn’t been reached then you will be notified no less than 1 calendar month before the departure date. If the tour is cancelled by us we will not be responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred such as travel expenses, visas etc & no compensation will be paid to cover these expenses.

Cancellation by You:

Please see our cancellation policy on the website or contact one of the team in the office.

Accommodation:

You will stay in a mixture of B&B’s and/or country inns. You will stay in twin or occasionally triple rooms with a member of the same sex or in a double room if you would like to stay with your partner (unless you chose the single room option). The actual stopovers may change from the advertised accommodation providers, if this happens then an equivalent standard of accommodation will be used nearby.

Single Room Option:

If you chose the single room option you will have your own room for the duration of the trip. This will be in either a single room or single occupancy of a double room. The price for the single room option is £100.00 extra.

Return Transport:

If you chose the return transport option we will arrange for you & your bike to be transferred to the start point (please add £50 to the total tour price).

Cycle Hire:

If you chose the cycle hire option you will be provided with a Dawes Discovery 301 (or a mountain bike if you prefer) at the start of your tour & have use of the bike until the end of the tour. If any problems arise during the tour your bike will be either fixed or replaced with a spare bike. The price for cycle hire is £50.00 per person.

Support:

On tours with 8 people or less in the group then there may only be one tour guide with you who will drive the back-up van each day. Tours with 8 - 15 people in the group will have two tour guides with one guide driving the back-up van and the other guide cycling with the group. Tours with 16+ will have a guide that cycles with the group plus two back up vans do provide support.

Minimum Number:

If the minimum number of people required to run the trip is not met then we will have to cancel the trip. You will be notified at least 1 calendar month prior to the start date of the trip if the minimum number (usually 6 people) hasn’t been met & you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • Back up van with spare parts and a few spare bikes
  • Detailed route notes and maps so that you can cycle at your own pace and luggage transfer each day
  • Full trip support including a tour leader that cycles with the group

What's not included

  • Cycle hire (available for £50)
  • Evening meals
  • Insurance
  • Transport from Bridlington
  • Transport to Morecambe

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at the traditional English seaside resort of Morecambe where we will get together ready for our adventure.

Day 2:

Departing from Morecambe Bay the route passes through the historic city of Lancaster before passing through the picturesque Lune Valley to Hornby. Cycling through the Forest of Bowland to Clapham and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers more spectacular scenery before arriving at the charming town of Settle where we will spend our first night.

Day 3:

This hilly yet rewarding day ride sees us passing the highest point of the route at 402m near Greenhow. The Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty is amongst the most scenic section of the ride and Pateley Bridge is a hidden gem and makes a fine stop for lunch. As we continue east the route becomes less demanding as we leave the hills behind to arrive at the Cathedral city of Ripon.

Day 4:

A nice flat day's ride takes us into the Vale of York through green fields and farmland and onto the historic city of York which is a fine place to visit. We will pass York Minster and cycle alongside the River Ouse before taking to cycle paths and quiet country lanes to the small town of Pocklington. Although the mileage is quite high the terrain is flat which makes for an easy penultimate days ride.

Day 5:

Into the Yorkshire Wolds the scenery becomes more spectacular before the fantastic descent away from Huggate. Another flat section passes through Driffield and Burton Agnes before a few undulations to test the legs. The final stretch passes through Bridlingtons old town before reaching the promenade and the end of the adventure.

What people have said

“Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!”
Gilly Cooper

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What people have said

“Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!”
Gilly Cooper

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“Absolutely fantastic.I've already recommended you to a number of friends and as soon as I have the time, I plan to do another trip with you!”
Gilly Cooper
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