Way of the Roses Coast to Coast Cycle Route – Summer 2013
Last week, after spending a night at the Clifton Hotel in Morecambe, I set off on the the Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle route. There had been 52 mm of rain the previous night, but I had absolutely fantastic weather as I took my time over three days. As I was on my own Gill was the bike ambulance, if required, and luggage carrier. I would certainly not have attempted the route carrying my own luggage.
I set off on the Tuesday morning for Pateley Bridge after the usual photograph; Wednesday to Pocklington; and Thursday to Bridlington.
The hill out of Settle was very steep and busy so I got half way up and walked the rest of the way to the top. It was a wise decision as I did not want a love affair with a 4 x 4.
As I did not know the route or how hard it would be I decided to stop for the first night in Pateley Bridge and take it easy, the journey was very lumpy and I arrived well tired. I walked in to Pateley Bridge as going down the very steep/busy hill I bust two spokes and my rear wheel buckled. Luckily the spokes gave way about two miles from our hotel. I couldn’t have ridden much further as even with the brakes off the wheel was too far out of true. 6hrs 36 minutes for 63 miles.
I stayed at the Talbot B & B in Pateley Bridge, which was very friendly as was the Clifton in Morecambe. Both have bike lock up facilities.
Next morning I went to the bike shop (suggested by Sustrans) which opened at 09.30. They fixed the wheel and I set off about 10.40, arriving in Pocklington at 3.51pm. 64 miles for the day.
To save cost I went home and set off to Bridlington the following morning from Pocklington for the last bit – 43 miles.
Upon my arrival at Bridlington for the usual photograph Gill brought beer and sandwiches.
Total for the three days: bike time 15hrs for 170 miles so I was happy enough.
The only problems were getting through York as I had found myself on the ring road due to road works, roads shut, cycle path diversions (one and half hours for 10 miles) and in Bridlington the same problems: road works. But this time I did not get lost as the route is well signposted and I had studied it prior to departure.
The worst part of route was the road condition going into Bridlington on Woldgate past the riding stables in the dip. The road was in a dreadful condition and I also did not appreciate the track just after York.
The ride is well worth doing with some spectacular scenery along the route. I would do it again but wouldn’t carry luggage – it would have to be a supported ride.