Lancashire: where men are men and sheep are scared

Posted by Richard on 26 September 2010 in English (English)

I cycled two-thirds of the Way of the Roses, Sustrans' newest challenge cycle route, last week - from Morecambe, on the west coast, over the Dales to York. (The route continues to Bridlington, but I'm leaving the small bit of unmapped route there for our East Yorkshire correspondent to finish.)

A beautifully scenic route, well chosen, and generously signed - which is just as well, as I was cycling 'blind', the official route map not having turned up. There were some pretty strenuous hills; the worst of the lot was one on an off-piste detour I foolishly took out of Settle, having mapped the official route there already. Actually, the flattest bit (railway paths notwithstanding) was the most boring - the section from Ripon to York, which was fairly featureless countryside. The Ouse crossing on the rickety old Aldwarke Bridge was an experience, though!

It's now mapped as National Route 69, 68, 688 and 65.

Location: Park Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, North West England, England, LA2 6PD, United Kingdom

Comment from chillly on 26 September 2010 at 20:50

You're very welcome to map the remaining part over the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds too. The hills are a bit less strenuous, the roads are quiet and the locals are friendly.

Comment from Richard on 26 September 2010 at 22:08

I'm hoping to come back some time next year to do York-Bridlington. But I suspect you'll have mapped the short new NR164 by then!

Comment from marscot on 27 September 2010 at 09:33

I have seen the Bridlington end bit and looks great to do, did not have my bike with me to map it.

Comment from HannesHH on 28 September 2010 at 18:19

That's beautiful. :-)

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