Set off from the riverside campsite at about 4 am, when it was only just coming light so as to get a good start and ride on quiet roads. Todays ride took us over past Malham with some very steep pulls, and on one very narrow lane I herded a crowd of sheep and lambs for a mile as they couldn’t find anywhere to get away from me. Once again, beautiful countryside, lovely quiet roads, great villages and towns and well signposted.
Some information about the route – the Way of the Roses as I didn’t write a diary for the 3rd day and have less info about the ride.
This highly popular route runs for 170 miles between Morecambe and Bridlington. It passes through the historic cities of York and Lancaster, and lesser known gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon.
On route, you’ll be cycling across a beautiful, changing landscape including the Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Wolds; using traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads.
Just after York and Dunnington village, (travelling West to East) there’s a short section of route (less than a mile) that’s unmade earth and stone track but is usually firm going. Otherwise, the off-road sections are well made and suitable for most kinds of bike.