Way of the Roses with Saddle Skedaddle

Last weekend I had the pleasure of guiding a fantastic group across the Way of the Roses coast to coast route for Saddle Skedaddle. This itinerary starts by the sea in Morecambe and works its way up the Lune valley into the Yorkshire Dales, over into Nidderdale and onto the Yorkshire Wolds before dropping back to the coast some 170 miles later at Bridlington.

Morecambe - the start of the Way of the Roses
Morecambe – the start of the Way of the Roses

In crossing the country from west to east coasts you travel through some stunning scenery and lovely little towns.

Ingleborough from the Crook o' Lune
Ingleborough from the Crook o’ Lune
Rolling into the Yorkshire Dales
Rolling into the Yorkshire Dales

Taking the route in over five days allowed plenty of time to enjoy some of the sights along the way. The first major attraction was Stump Cross Caverns, situated just shy of the 404m high point of the route.

Stump Cross Caverns
Stump Cross Caverns

Surmounting the moorland from the climb out of Pateley Bridge, the route passes by the incredible formations of Brimham Rocks.

The amazing Brimham Rocks
The amazing Brimham Rocks

After a spot of bouldering we continued the journey and soon found ourselves rolling in to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal gardens. These are well worth a visit; the ruins of the abbey cover a huge area and earlier in the year I spotted deer in the Studley Royal gardens.

Fountains Abbey
Fountains Abbey
Cloisters at Fountains Abbey
Cloisters at Fountains Abbey

Throughout the trip the weather behaved very well, with only a brief heavy downpour of rain before we started riding one day; all clear for picnic lunches.

Picnic lunch
Picnic lunch

The final few miles of the route follow an old Roman road along a broad ridge, gently descending to bring the ride to its conclusion in Bridlington for the traditional celebratory fish and chips.

Woldgate Roman Road
Woldgate Roman Road

With the combination of great people, weather and places, this has been one of my favourite trips to guide so far. Thank you to all involved!