Way of the Roses – June 2015
A few months ago, I sat in the cafe at Hutton Cranswick with Mally & Terry, looking at a huge map of the Way of the Roses on the wall. We decided to do it “when the weather is better”.
We chose 1st of June when the weather was not better.
I spoke to several people who had ridden it & all agreed it was a really enjoyable route. Tom (who did the route with the Beech Holme Tandem club of blind & sighted cyclists) told me it was the best ride he had ever done.
We decided to take the train to Morecambe & ride it in 3 days with stops in Pateley Bridge & Pocklington.
After a visit to see & photograph Eric Morecambe`s statue & chat to the many other cyclists intending to do the ride, we set off about 10 am.
We were immediately impressed by the signs which took us over many of the off road sections. In theory one could ride it without a map.
The wind was strong but as it was mainly on our backs, we did not object. As the route is now very popular, there is no shortage of cafes where cyclists are welcome. Light rain started before lunch in Clapham. Thus far, the route was really good. When we reached Settle, the route continued to be good but it also became demanding because of the rain & steep hills. It incorporated the “King of the Mountains” section of the Tour de Yorkshire, involving a 1 in 5 hill with cobbles.
Hills continued for most of the way to Pateley Bridge where we found an excellent B&B. The wet & steep descent into Pateley Bridge proved exciting. Mally & I were glad of our disc brakes. After Pateley Bridge, we had no more rain but we did have some climbing to our coffee stop in Rippon after which we continued through less demanding terrain taking us through York along bridle paths most of the way to Pocklington.
Our final day took us through familiar but very attractive countryside. The section from Millington to Huggate must be my favourite road in the Wolds.
We called at the cafe in Hutton Cranswick for coffee (& to renew our acquaintance ) finally arriving in Bridlington just before 2 pm. What a superb ride! A ride to be repeated.
I am full of admiration for the 10 pairs of riders in the Beech Holme Tandem Club. Manipulating fully laden tandems across level crossings & up cobbled hills is no easy feat even for fully sighted cyclists.