Way Of The Roses: Morecambe To Bridlington Cycle
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Our journey starts in Morecambe, home to the UK's largest tidal estuary, Morecambe Bay. It is also featured in ITV's new flagship drama called 'The Bay' which started on ITV1 in March 2019.
Following in the footsteps of the war of the roses, our cycle trip takes us from Morecambe in Lancashire on the Irish Sea coast to Bridlington in Yorkshire on the North Sea coast. The war of the roses was a number of wars fought in the 15th century amongst royal houses in a battle for the English throne. The red rose symbolises Lancashire and the white rose, Yorkshire.
Morecambe is famous for quicksands, seabird wildlife, potted shrimps and boasts some of the best sunsets in the world. From there we travel through the Yorkshire Dales taking in some stunning scenery and beautiful towns including Settle, Malham, Ripon and York. We end our trip in Bridlington.
The cost of this trip includes three nights accommodation, but no food or drink.
Friday evening: We'll congregate in Morecambe from late afternoon until late evening. Please don't feel in a rush to arrive if you're travelling from further afield.
Accomodation: Morecambe Travelodge
Morecambe to Malham, (approx. 42 miles)
Accomodation: Malham Youth Hostel
Malham to York (approx. 68 miles)
Accomodation: York Youth Hostel
York to Bridlington (approx. 60 miles)
Taking your bike on the train? You can use the www.gwr.com website to book your all your cycle reservations online. Lots of trains to Lancaster on the way up north, even after 5pm. If you're travelling to London, there is a 1912 to London out of Hull on the Monday and then 0626, 0823 and 1033 on the Tuesday all with Hull Trains getting you in for an afternoon at work if you travel Tuesday. Lots of other options if London isn't your destination, I'm sure. Hope this helps!
What to bring
BIKE: a road bike, 'gravel/adventure bike' or touring bike - ie with with drop bars. This event will be all on road so taking your best road bike is recommended.
STORAGE: panniers or a specialist bikepacking bag
CLOTHING: We suggest you bring two changes of cycling clothing and wash it at the hostels. Bring one set of casual clothes for the evening, we suggest thin walking trousers and walking top.
HIKING/TRAVEL TOWEL: for the hostels (alternatively you can hire one at cost)
LIGHTWEIGHT LOCK: not a D lock!
Earplugs are also usually helpful at hostels. Bedding has been provided at all three overnight venues, so no need for a sleeping bag.
Plus the usual:
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Food & drink
No food is included in the cost of this trip.
We will be passing through a number of towns and villages, so there will be opportunities to either buy food for lunch or eat in pubs / cafes along the way, however it would also be a good idea to carry a small amount of food with you in case of unforseen delays.