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  • Waay of the roses .. anyone rode it ?
  • stumpy_m4
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    I have a week off work early march and as i cant ride Ton`s weekend touring ride 🙁 due to work im looking at maybe doing this, Thoughts please , worth the ride or dead boring road miles ?
    Coming up from Birmingham as well, so is it worth the tip ?

    tinribz
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    Is a little flat the second half but your glad of it after Settle. Although the last leg is a bit underwhelming the roads are quiet.

    Premier Icon simmy
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    I’ve not rode the route but I did a ride last summer from Settle that started out on part of the route and there’s a really steep hill.

    I nearly turned back as it was roasting hot and it nearly wiped me out. It was because I wasn’t expecting it so, if you know what’s coming up, you will be fine.

    The first bit will be your fastest if you go west to east as no one wants to be in Morcombe longer than they have to be 😉

    Premier Icon PMK2060
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    Did it in 2 days last year. First day was a killer as I am not used to hills. It’s a good mostly traffic free route with great scenery.

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    I did it a couple of years ago & I really enjoyed it. I have done the C2C, Hadrians Wall & the W2W (bit of a coast to coast junkie). IMO the WOTR is the best of the lot.

    robdob
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    A friend of mine at work did it and really enjoyed it. He said it was pretty easy to follow and goes through great scenery. We both live in Yorkshire so know the area well but he said it went down some routes which he would never have found otherwise.
    It’s not hilly for Yorkshire. I did the traditional C2C earlier last year, Workington to Tynemouth and that was very hilly in places!

    He said the tyres and bike he had were perfect – boardman CX bike (designed for commuting really!) with its original CX tyres on.

    The accomodation is plentiful if doing it in 3 days, it’d be a long 2 days in the safdle. Most people do it in 3 days and it’s nice that way.

    I am planning on doing it this year too.

    robdob
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    imnotverygood – Member
    I did it a couple of years ago & I really enjoyed it. I have done the C2C, Hadrians Wall & the W2W (bit of a coast to coast junkie). IMO the WOTR is the best of the lot.

    That’s good to know!! Really looking forward to it now. I did the C2C in 2 days, doing Hartside at the end of the first day nearly finished me off!

    stumpy_m4
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    Liking the idea of more C2C`s etc, only prob is most of them are up north where im not ! .. Did the Devon coast to coast last year and the aber to shrewburys sustrans route .. all enjoyed them 🙂

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    Its 170 miles I believe? I have this fancy to attempt it in one day (done Workington to Sunderland in a day). Is it tarmac? I don’t fancy a road bike on gravel tracks etc.
    Myself and a friend did Walney to Whitby over two days last year and there was a LOT of climbing on that route.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Bookmarks this thread with a lot of interest.. 8)

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    I did it in August with a group from work, two of whom were relatively inexperienced cyclists who hadn’t done over 30 miles in a day before. As a result we did it over 3 days. It’s a lovely route but as above it becomes very flat once you’re in the Vale of York and beyond.

    Find of the trip was Millington Village Hall where they have a bit of a bunkhouse set up for £15 a night including a cook your own breakfast.
    Would definitely do it again over 2 days next time, aimimng to reach Pateley Bridge on day one.

    Edit: muddydwarf, its mainly tarmac although there are a couple of stretches either side of York where theyre cinder paths but they didn’t cause any problems. I had no punctures running 25mm Continue Grand Prix.

    Edit Edit: if you want any advice, feel free to drop me an email (in profile)

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    Cheers, will take you up on that offer when I’m putting it together.
    Would you say its doable in a day?

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Ohh Bregante can we all mail you ??

    This looks like a decent route and one I looked at too late last year to do, what with spring on its way I’m thinking I could fit this in this Jan 😆

    jerrys
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    I’m hoping to do it this summer. I used to live in one of the villages it goes through in the 70’s (Nafferton – home of the latest bird flu outbreak) and went to school in Pocklington (also on route) so will bring back memories.

    I’ve got a cunning plan of making a circular route by linking it with the w2w (Whitby to Walney) or the classic C2C, so I can actually start from Nafferton, but the plan is only in the pipedream phase 🙂

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    I did it in May last year, took three days over it. Took my time to stop at the views and take photos, pop in to the attractions along the way and have a natter with folks along the way. It’s very easy to follow, well signposted. I did mine Morecambe to Pateley Bridge day one, then York, then finish. I stayed in the Travelodge in Morecambe the night before starting, a B&B in Patelely and the YHA in York. At the Brid end there’s a direct train home for me.

    It’s a fantastic route, the first section coming away from the coast brings you through Lancaster, then up the river to the Crook o’ Lune and up onto the higher ground. Up and along the tops and into Yorkshire before dropping into Settle. Big hill out of Settle if it’s a hot day, you’re carrying way too much kit and you’ve had a big lunch in the Old Naked Man (not JohnDoh, it’s the name of a cafe) and it’s up and down along the dales heading for Nidderdale. From Pateley it’s a big pull out of town, then up past Brimham Rocks and on to Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal(good loos and big tea room). Then into and through Ripon and you’re into the vale of York. Through Boroughbridge and the villages and the last few miles into York are on cyclepaths by the river. From York there’s a couple of miles of fiddling on cyclepaths through the suburbs before hitting the lanes again, and the only non-tarmac bit, about a mile and a half of field edge track. On through the villages to Pocklington and you meet the Wolds and gain height again. From here the route loses focus a bit and sends you off on long detours to avoid the main roads, but those roads are grim so just accept it, into and around Driffield and eventually onto the moor above Brid for a nice roll in to the finish.

    Anyway, I’m rambling, here’s some pics.

    http://s11.photobucket.com/user/midlifecrashes/WayOfTheRoses/story

    stumpy_m4
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    @ midlifecrashes, good write up there and crackin pics, just looking at bed and breakfasts etc, it could be a goer for march, trying to convince a work mate to join me 🙂

    robdob
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    Remember to buy the Sustrans map to follow the route. It isn’t essential but it’s really good and you are giving money to the people who worked hard to provide you with a nice way marked route and better access.

    I think the maps are really good and have just the right amount of detail, with enough coverage to go off the official route if you fancy a detour.

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    They sell them in tourist info shop in Settle, in case you leave home without your own. 😳

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    I know it quite well now and I’d agree that it’s the best of the coast to coast routes I’ve done, great route.

    Thoughts and advice on my blog: https://deetsman.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/the-way-of-the-roses/

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    stumpy, i might be up for 2 days of this. let me know your plans

    robdob
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    I’ve been bought for Xmas the whole Los Las Cymru route, plus 3 route maps which will take me 260 miles from Huddersfield to London!!

    Junkyard
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    Another one declaring an interest stumpy

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    doable in a day, just make sure you go in the same direction as the wind (170 miles into a headwind isn’t much fun) and you get to the end before the chippy closes.

    Nice route, I think I’ll have another go in the spring.

    This is also on my 2015 to do list.

    Is there anyway (or point) of missing the bridleway looking parts?

    Any recommendations for a stop over in or near Patley Bridge?

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    Bookmarked, needed a little fun weekend on my tod this summer. This ticks most of the boxes.

    robdob
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    This is also on my 2015 to do list.
    Is there anyway (or point) of missing the bridleway looking parts?

    It’s doable on a road bike if you miss the off road parts. The Sustrans map of the route I have gives an alternative route.

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    Is there anyway (or point) of missing the bridleway looking parts?

    Yes, coming out of York, when you reach the York Auction Centre(cattle and farm stuff)/Dunnington, take the A166 road to Stamford Bridge, about four miles. It’s a busy road though, and the surface on the off road sections is good enough for skinny tyres, I rode that section with three lads on lightweight roadies and they had no problems.

    In my photos there are some rough looking sections, these aren’t on the route. I took a short detour on the Pennine Bridleway between Clapham and Austwick, (Ingleborough Hall tunnels/Thwaite Lane) which is definitely not road bike terrain. The official route skirts south about a mile earlier, but I wanted to ride the tunnels route for the fun of it.

    fizzer
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    An account of our trip here:

    http://wayoftheroses.info/news/story/all_in_a_day

    Yes well worth the trip

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