Welcome to the Way of the Roses
Welcome to the Way of the Roses. Let us help you plan your trip with our comprehensive one-stop, easy to navigate site. Whatever your ideas or objectives for riding this superb route, you’ll find everything here you need to make it a simple pleasure.
The Way of the Roses is a relatively new coast to coast cycle route from Morecambe on the north west coast of the UK to Bridlington in the east, taking in some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery along the way. It is a challenging route consisting of a variety of terrain including traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads.
Way of the Roses cycle route has 170 miles of the finest views that Yorkshire and Lancashire have to offer, taking in the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales, glorious Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Wolds. The options for stopping-off for overnight accommodation or simply an energy boosting bite to eat are absolutely endless; from tiny dales villages; to larger towns such as Settle and Pateley Bridge; to the understated loveliness of Ripon and the magnificence of York and all that it has to offer. There is something along the way to suit every budget and personal preference.
The route can take anything from 2 days for the keen and able cyclist, to a week for those with a more leisurely pace in mind. The site has information on accommodation, places to eat and drink, things to see and do, baggage transfer and a dedicated cycling section. So, whether it’s an independent expedition or a supported tour, for single cyclists to a large group, here you’ll find everything you need to plan your ride. However you choose to pass the 170 miles, an adventure awaits!
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A vast array of accommodation to choose from on the route, with prices and standards to suit every taste and style.
Food & Drink
You will find a fantastic choice of pubs and restaurants on the route. For a guide on where to eat please follow our link below.
See & Do
During your stay there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained on the route. For more ideas, please visit our link below.
Bewerley Park Centre | Pateley Bridge
**IDEAL FOR GROUP BOOKINGS**. Bewerley Park is a stunning venue perfect for groups of riders. We are ideally situated on the WOTR route near Pateley Bridge, which is just further on from Grassington. The accommodation is ideal for large groups of cyclists.
The New Inn
The New Inn | Clapham
We warmly invite you to visit this beautiful 18th Century Coaching Inn. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and perched beneath the 3 Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside, a truly stunning location that will call you back year after year, and also the perfect location for walking, cycling and exploring! Enjoy a blissful weekend in one of our freshly renovated rooms or suites. Read a book, take a relaxing (or strenuous) walk and then kick back with a glass of wine or pint of real ale whilst dinner is prepared!
The Crown Hotel
The Crown Hotel | Boroughbridge
The BEST WESTERN Crown Hotel is a traditional coaching inn in the town of Boroughbridge and is one of the best known hotels in North Yorkshire. The hotel is ideally located and provides a great location when cycling the Way of the Roses. Our rooms are the perfect place to take time out during the day, or enjoy the sweetest of dreams all night long. You’ll find all the mod cons you need, so make yourself at home!
The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn | Ripon
The Ship Inn is a traditional Tudor-style residential inn and pub located near the centre of Ripon, a small cathedral city in North Yorkshire. The beautiful Ripon Cathedral and the town centre are both less than five minutes away, and it’s only a mile to the Ripon Racecourse. The Ship’s Inn is an ideal stop for cyclists on the Way of the Roses and it’s also a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors.
The Devonshire Arms
The Devonshire Arms | Cracoe
The Devonshire Arms,is a beautiful traditional country Inn set in the picturesque village of Cracoe. The Devonshire Arms, Cracoe is the ideal base to explore the Yorkshire Dales, and offers six boutique en suite B&B rooms with all amenities. Located just over 5 miles north from the delightful market town of Skipton “gateway to the dales” the Devonshire Arms is situated perfectly for cyclists, walkers, couples, & families who are looking for quality accommodation to explore the Yorkshire Dales.
Alder Carr House | Pocklington
"Alder Carr House is only half a mile from the WOTR route, and will provide you with a relaxing, comfortable & affordable stay in stunning countryside surroundings. We have secure cycle storage and drying facilities. You can also use our guest kitchen which has a microwave and fridge, and allows you the space to prepare a pack up lunch for the next part of your trip. We'll also provide you with a FREE lift into the town of Pocklington in the evening, where there's a range of quality pubs & restaurants to choose from. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable; each has armchairs, a range of magazines, freeview TV and radio. Your room will overlook our beautiful gardens and you'll also have views of the rolling Yorkshire Wolds. Our hearty breakfast, prepared with locally or home-grown produce will give you the perfect start for the next day's riding. We look forward to welcoming you!"
43-46 Marine Road
The Clifton | Morecambe
Our family run Bed & Breakfast is situated on the west promenade, overlooking the splendid West End Gardens and Morecambe bay with the beautiful backdrop of the Lakeland mountains in the horizon. We, Paul and Lydia Kim, will personally cater for all your holiday needs and will constantly strive to meet high standards required by all our guests. The Clifton Bed & Breakfast is renowned for its excellent wholesome traditional food and the warm friendly atmosphere allowing all our guests to relax in comfortable surroundings.
Cherry Tree Avenue
Newton on Ouse
Blacksmiths Arms | Newton-on-Ouse
The Blacksmiths Arms in the village of Newton on Ouse just to the north east of York is a comfortable and traditional Yorkshire pub always offering a warm welcome to its local patrons and the increasing numbers of visitors. Here at the Blacksmiths Arms we serve a daily menu that’s not too flashy. With dishes catering for everyones tastes including classic British dishes like Steak and Ale Pie and Fresh Battered Haddock and Chips to something just a little more continental such as Lasagne or Chicken Jalfriazi, along with real fillers like gammon or rump steak with all the trimmings if you really require a feast.
39 Marine Road West
The Berkeley | Morecambe
Rest assured, you will always find a warm welcome at The Berkeley Licensed bed and breakfast on Morecambe's promenade. Under the personal supervision of Mal and Colette Neill since 2010, guests can enjoy this small family-run, family-friendly licensed guesthouse. Ideally situated on the West Promenade with a fine panoramic view of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Hills and some of the best sunsets in the UK.
The Castle Inn
2 Mill Bridge
The Castle Inn | Skipton
Voted "Best pub in Yorkshire" in the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards
The Castle Inn is a traditional English pub situated in the oldest part of Skipton, nestling under the shadow of the medieval Skipton Castle. Calvin and his team at the Castle take great pride in serving mouth-watering home-cooked traditional pub food and a wide selection of fine beers, lagers, wines and spirits in a relaxed friendly and inviting atmosphere. The Castle is a firm favourite for both locals and tourists alike and is highly recommended whilst visiting this delightful market town.
Vern Overton Cycling
Vern Overton Cycling | Pateley Bridge
Vern Overton Cycling is based in the popular Nidderdale Valley; an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are few other places that offer such beautiful and tranquil surroundings in which to simply relax and ride a bike. With a range of high quality road bikes, versatile hybrid machines and hard-tail mountain-bikes available for hire. We are happy to lead organised groups of riders such as a families or friends and even individuals on a one-to-one basis. We can offer expert knowledge of local roads and the many off-road tracks and trails such as the newly constructed mountain-bike track built by Yorkshire Water, close to Fewston Reservoir. Should your bike fail to perform as you would like or is in need of a thorough service; Vern Overton Cycling are at hand with a fully qualified road and MTB mechanic to quickly get you back on the road.
The Fort Boutique Hostel
1 Little Stonegate
01904 639 573
The Fort Boutique Hostel | York
The Fort is York's first boutique hostel, nestled off the medieval Stonegate in the heart of York. Working with young design talent from around the UK, each room has been individually crafted to create an ambience that will enhance your stay in one of the UK's favourite cities. Representing a fresh take on affordable accommodation it offers the discerning traveller an opportunity to economise without compromising on quality. The en-suite wetrooms, flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi connectivity epitomise its contemporary values whilst its location is perfect for accessing the city's landmarks, attractions and sampling the social culture on offer.
239 Marine Road Central
01524 831 841
The Crown Hotel | Morecambe
Introducing Morecambe's newly refurbished Crown Hotel, providing relaxing accommodation and a great atmosphere. The Crown Hotel Morecambe boasts 14 Deluxe En-Suite Rooms, furnished to a very high standard with contemporary oak furniture and the highest quality views of the sunsets over Morecambe Bay and out over the Lakeland Fells. Rooms are available for overnight stays, short breaks or longer residence at very competitive rates. Secure cycle storage is available for up to 40 bikes.
34 Marine Road West
The Balmoral Guest House | Morecambe
The Balmoral Guest House, which was recently awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate for Excellence 2012, is open all year round and is well established and family run, offering excellent cuisine and comfort; it is ideally located for all the amenities of the resort. You will always receive a very warm welcome when staying at The Balmoral. The guest house offers quality Bed & Breakfast accommodation and is situated on Morecambe Promenade, overlooking Morecambe Bay, which is renowned for it’s superb sunsets against the Lake District Mountains.
114 Holgate Road
Holmwood House | York
Built as two private houses in the middle of the 19th Century, and backing on to one of the prettiest squares in York, the two listed buildings have been lovingly restored to retain the ambience of a private home and provide peaceful, elegant rooms where the pressures of the day can be eased away. At Holmwood House, all the rooms are different, both in decoration and size, and all have their own bathroom or shower room. There are many extra touches in addition to the usual colour television, coffee and tea making facilities, radio alarm clock and hair dryer. Free wi fi is available also in all rooms.
Fox & Hounds
Fox and Hounds | Langthorpe
Located on the north bank of the river Ure and just a stone’s throw from Boroughbridge is the Fox and Hounds pub which is situated in the picturesque village of Langthorpe. Dean and Jan the new owners provide outstanding food along with great service while retaining a traditional pub atmosphere. Food is served every day except Monday and Tuesday. From Wednesday to Saturday each week food will be served from noon to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm. On Sundays, food is served from 12 noon to 4pm. We have a wide selection of drinks, all at competitive prices. Please contact us on 01423325239 for further information.