Way of the Roses Cycle Route
A new cycle route has been completed which transforms 170 miles of roads and cycle tracks into a spectacular new coast-to-coast leisure route for cyclists and walkers in the North of England.
Starting on the west coast in Morecambe and finishing on the east coast in Bridlington the new Way of the Roses route officially opened on 11 September 2010, and passes through magnificent landscapes including the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Forest of Bowland and Nidderdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The route also links the Lune Valley and Yorkshire Wolds, and passes through historic cities and towns such as Lancaster, York and Ripon. It is one of seven UK coast-to-coast routes on the National Cycle Network.
Way of the Roses was developed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans in partnership with local authorities, tourist boards and other organisations. The opening of the well-signed route not only connected local communities along the route, but has also given a boost to green tourism across the area.
Sustrans' Regional Director for Yorkshire, David Hall, said: "The Way of the Roses runs through some of northern England's most stunning countryside with beautiful coastal scenery either side of the route. Whether cyclists choose to tackle the whole 170 mile length of the path as part of a challenge ride adventure, or enjoy a leisurely ride across sections of the route, Way of the Roses is suitable for use by people of varying ability and interest."
Rupert Douglas, Sustrans' Cycling Consultant involved in bringing the development of the project together, said: "The opening of this new route will bring in thousands of new cycling visitors to the area each year, which in turn will impact positively on local businesses benefiting from their significant spending on accommodation, food and drink, cycling and other services. Many are likely to return to repeat the experience or spend more time exploring a particular area."
The route was opened as part of the celebrations for the 15th Anniversary of the National Cycle Network which now extends over 12,000 miles and carries more than 1 million walking and cycling journeys every day.
A flyer showing an outline of the route is available to download below: