Way of the roses cycle challenge

                Morecambe to Bridlington along the 170 mile Way of the roses route

                          Day one 

Morecambe, Lancashire and the start of a grueling 170 mile cycle challenge. The Way of the Roses route starts at Morecambe and finishes at Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast. 170 miles in three days - with some tough hill climbs thrown in. 

Day 1 was to follow the route out of Morecambe alongside the railway track and onto the path alongside the River Lune, crossing the Lune suspension bridge at Lancaster.

After Lancaster was the beginning of some hill climbs that went through the most beautiful views before crossing the border into Yorkshire.

'Crook o'Lune' a beauty spot on the route and an ideal reason to stop for a cup of tea before heading off toward Aughton and Gressingham.

Cycling through Hornby, Wray and Millhouses before crossing into Yorkshire.


At 35 miles came the 'dreaded' climb out of Settle - a 20% incline hill climb that had Glyn's legs screaming in agony - and a series of hills after that.

Eventually nearing the end of the first day in Pateley Bridge came the very steep and very fast downhill road that is Greenhow Hill, brakes were applied for almost the whole two miles of the fast downhill - many cyclists have had accidents on this stretch of road in the past.

                       Day Two

Day Two started with a steep climb out of Pateley Bridge before going to Glasshouses and then onto Brimham rocks.

Brimham rocks is a National trust area that boasts many bizzarre rock formations and make a beautiful backdrop to a cycling journey. A few more mile were still ahead before Glyn was to cycle through Ripon and reach York.

Studley Royal park, Fountains Abbey                & Stamford Bridge

More highlights from Day Two.

After crossing the River Ouse on the rattly wooden Aldwark Bridge, Glyn found himself cycling on a narrow pathway through a wooded area before ending up on the River embankment and into York city centre. York is such a beautiful city to vist but Glyn only had time to stop for a quick cup of tea before heading off again.

Glyn had another 18 miles to go before he reached his hotel and the end of the second day, which is easier than it sounds when you have already cycled 47 miles (Plus the 64 miles the previous day).

                    Day Three

After cycling almost 130 miles in two days, Glyn was feeling too keen to take on the third and final day. A day that will see Glyn ride 44 miles through Millington,Tibthorpe, Kirkburn and Harpham before reaching Bridlington. The day started with another hill climb, a hill climb out of Pocklington and then a few miles of fast downhills through valleys and along country lanes were to follow.

A wonderful day of sunshine and light breeze, Glyn made it to Bridlington within 3 hours and 40 minutes. The whole journey had been a wonderful tour of what wonderful countryside Lancashire and Yorkshire have to offer. The hospiatilty of local folk all along the way was to add to the enjoyment of the event, even though Glyn's wife Angie was unable to come along on this ride - it was still an enjoyable experience.

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