The Way of the Roses

The Way of the Roses route is a coast to coast cycle route along the National Cycle Network. Developed by Sustrans, it passes through wonderful countryside and heritage.

The route is 170 miles (274 km) long and usually cycled from West to East, but of course that is your choice. The guide book shows a 3-day itinerary, with options for 2, 4 and 5 days.

From Morecambe Bay in the west to Bridlington Bay on the North Sea, the scenery is varied and beautiful. You will see the Lune Valley, Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Vale of York and Yorkshire Wolds.

You will cycle through York (in the White Rose county of Yorkshire) and Lancaster (in the Red Rose county of Lancashire). Both are steeped in history.

Way of the Roses Cycle Map
The route of the Way of the Roses

And all can be enjoyed from cycle paths, country lanes and quieter roads.

The route is largely waymarked with the familiar blue Sustrans’ signs.

Way of the Roses Cycle Map

The official Way of the Roses Cycle Map is out of print at time of writing.

Fortunately, there is an excellent alterative:

Cycling the Way of the Roses – Cicerone Guide Book

The Cicerone Way of the Roses guide book comes with full mapping and information about the route.

It also full colour photography and details of local facilities along the way.

Way of the Roses Cicerone guide sample pages
The Cicerone Way of the Roses guide book

The Way of the Roses cycle route guide book from Cicerone also has an additional six possible circular rides.

Click here to go to the shop to buy a guide book.

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This is a review in the Guardian newspaper of the Way of the Roses (but the link to Sustrans will only bring you Out of Stock for the map, of course).