Way of the Roses & Northumberland 2016

In June Steve Hall led a small group on the Way of the Roses route between Morecambe and Bridlington (approximately 300 miles to and from Huddersfield).
The forecast was for heavy rain, but for once we had no use for waterproofs the whole trip. The first stop at Slaidburn YHA saw us follow the traditional route from home to the Lower Dales, featuring a superb chippy in Clitheroe. Despite the problem of getting a decent breakfast in Slaidburn we crossed the Bowland Fells to reach Morecambe Bay at Arnside where we spent our second night. We then had a pleasant day on the Lancashire lanes in preparation for the strenuous climb out of Settle heading for the bunk barn at Grassington.

This barn is situated a mile and a half North of the village up a frightening hill. Just what you want after a day in the saddle. But it was well worth it, being well appointed and clean with excellent views towards Malham. On our fourth day we climbed up the Dales fells stopping to admire the remarkable sculpture of Coldstones Cut before climbing (again!) to Brimham Rocks. After lunch at Fountains Abbey we sped along the flatlands to York YHA. where we spent the night in this recently renovated and comfortable accommodation.

After this most of us had to return home but the intrepid Steves, i.e. Hall and Kennedy continued to their B &B in Bridlington before returning to York and home the next day. Altogether it was a very enjoyable trip and thanks are due to Steve Hall for arranging it.


Come September and 24 adventurous souls gathered at Seahouses harbour for an introductory ride before the holiday itself really began. Mrs. R. looked after non-cyclists, taking them to some of the most beautiful parts of Northumberland, whilst the cyclists embarked on 3 days of quite strenuous touring.

The group visited Alnwick, Warkworth and the lovely coastal path South of Craster; Lindisfarne and Berwick; and, finally, the Cheviot Hills in the area of Wooler. Fortunately the weather was kind to us apart from the last day when the strong wind and cutting rain was as bad as anything I’ve experienced on my bike. After lunch the sun did reappear and we were all warm and happy again at the final tea stop at Belford.

Group members had obtained accommodation of all sorts in and around Seahouses and the riding pace was a steady 10mph which allowed us plenty of time to take in the many superb views and to chat. Everyone said that they had had a really good time.

Ken Roberts