Thistles & Roses- August 27th. 2018

The Cycling Way of the Roses, plus Galloway, all by bike. This bicycle tour in both Northern England and Sothern Scotland is conducted on quiet bikeways and Suntans routes. With relatively short rides, you will have time to both ride your bike and smell the roses. Some of the finest cycling in both England and […]

The Cycling

Way of the Roses, plus Galloway, all by bike. This bicycle tour in both Northern England and Sothern Scotland is conducted on quiet bikeways and Suntans routes. With relatively short rides, you will have time to both ride your bike and smell the roses. Some of the finest cycling in both England and Scotland is at your disposable on these routes. Overnight in better quality hotels and B&B”S. Meals included are breakfast every mooring plus a farewell dinner. We eat lunch enroute and dine out at night generally in

  • Usual daily distances: 
  • Days of cycling: 8
  • Terrain:  rolling hills or flat
  • Support vehicle: Yes
  • Tour staff: Driver, Mechanic/guide

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Day 1 – Arrival

Monday, August 27th. 2018

Arrive at Manchester airport then we can transport you to Morecambe (approx. 1.5 hours drive). We will have a driver meet you at the airport and take you and your luggage to Morecambe, where you can spend the night in a nice hotel on the seafront and very close to the start of the route in Morecambe.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2

Tuesday, August 28th. 2018

We will meet you in the morning to give you a briefing about the tour and to set you up with your hire bikes. Then cycle from Morecambe to Settle, distance approximately 34 miles (54km). From your accommodation, it would be just a short cycle to the start point of the route. The Eric Morecambe statue is just a little bit further down the coast and a popular spot for some photos before you start biking. The route itself begins on easy-going riverside trails through Lancaster before you begin climbing into the Forest of Bowland. Quiet country roads lead east through really lovely, rolling scenery to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stay overnight in a comfortable guest house or small hotel in Settle

  • Cycling:54 kilometres
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3

Wednesday, August 29th. 2018

Cycle from Settle to Pateley Bridge distanced approximately 26 miles (42km). A much shorter day than yesterday but with some steep road climbs into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. There is ample opportunity to enjoy the fine views and the pretty market town of Settle, which is well worth exploring. There is a big climb and a hair-raising descent into Pateley Bridge and the option to discover one of the longest caves in England! Overnight stay in Pately Bridge.

  • Cycling:42 kilometres
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4  

Thursday, August 30th. 2018

Cycle from Pateley Bridge to Yo , distanced approximately 45 miles (72km). Whereas yesterday was all about the climbs, today is all about the flat ground through the lovely Vale of York. You pass through beautiful English scenery all the way and follow the banks of the Ouse into historic York where there are lots of amazing things to see and do. En-route you will also find the interesting and unique Brimhan Rocks and the lovely Beninbrough Hall. Stay overnight in York

  • Cycling: 72 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5

Friday, August 31st. 2018

Cycle from York to Malton distanced approximately 27 miles (44km). Because today is relatively short and the cycling is easy going, you’ll have time in the morning to visit some of York’s amazing historical sites if you’d like to. Most guesthouses will let you leave your bikes and bags there until you’re ready to leave. From the center of York, you’ll follow some great cycle paths and quiet country lanes ever eastwards, leading all the way to Malton, in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds.

  • Cycling: 44 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6

 Saturday, September 1st. 2018

Cycle from Malton to Bridlington, distanced approximately 45 miles (72km). It’s the home stretch over the rolling Yorkshire Wolds with their fantastic ‘big sky’ scenery and on to your journey’s end in Bridlington. We pass the impressive Sledmere House, and the tasty Wold Top Brewery before passing the impressive cliffs at Bempton where there is an interesting bird life center. We finally reach the sandy beach at Bridlington where you can spend the night reflecting on a fantastic coast to coast journey.

  • Cycling: 72 Kilometers
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7

 Sunday, September 2nd. 2018

 Transport day to southwestern Scotland, from Bridlington to Portpatrick– Journey time approx. 6 hours including comfort stops. Spend the night in the lovely coastal village of Portpatrick

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8

Monday, September 3rd. 2018

Cycle from Portpatrick to the Mull of Galloway then back to Portpatrick, distance approx. 45 miles (73km). This beautiful circular route takes in the Southernmost part of Scotland. You head south initially, along the lovely coastline of Luce Bay before you reach the most southerly point in Scotland at the Mull of Galloway where you might grab a bite to eat in their cliff top café or have a walk along the cliffs to try and spot a puffin! You then head north back towards the beautiful west coast fishing village of Portpatrick, passing the lovely Port Logan and the ancient church at Kirkmadrine. Spend the night in Portpatrick once again.

  • Cycling: 73 Kilometers
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9

Tuesday, September 4th. 2018

Cycle from Portpatrick to Newton Stewart. Distance approx. 43 miles (69km). You head east today, hopefully with a nice breeze on your back, pushing you along! You have the chance to visit Glenluce Abbey before following a remote and beautiful coastline past the shores of Luce Bay into an area known as the Machars, important in the birth of Christianity in Scotland. If time allows you can call in at the southernmost whiskey distillery in Scotland or browse through the many bookshops in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. Spend the night in Newton Stewart.

  • Cycling:69 Kilometers
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10

Wednesday, September 5th. 2018

Cycle from Newton Stewart to Kirkcudbright, distance approx. 35 miles (56km). You’ll head ever eastwards on old railway lines which are now a fantastic cycle route giving views over the Cree estuary. You’ll climb up again for the final foray into the hills and great views of the Big Water of Fleet viaduct. The finale of the trip is through the beautiful parish of Borgue, where you will find some of the best ice cream in the country and a superb stretch of coast to lead you back to Kirkcudbright Bay. We will then spend the final night in Kirkcudbright at a great hotel/restaurant to celebrate your trip.

  • Cycling:  56Kilometers
  • Accommodation:  Hotel
  • Meals Included:  Breakfast

Day 11

Thursday 6th September 2018

We will transport you back to Manchester airport (journey time approx. 3.5 hours).

Tour Leader

Peter Marshall is the leader of this tour, he spent some time as a boy living in South West Scotland and is looking forward to visiting this beautiful area once again. Peter’s wife is looking forward to a shopping trip in the Shambles of the city of York. This will be Ana’s second visit to this wonderful old city. Yorkshire cycling offers something special.

Cost

******** £1890 Please note the price is posted in pounds stierling and payment will be converted to $CAD at thime of payment  A $500CAD non refundable depost is required******************

 

This price is per rider based on double room occupancy

 

This price is per rider based on single room occupancy. Should you register looking to share with another and we are not able to find an acceptable companion, you will need to pay the Single Supplement charge.

 

Accommodation & Food

10 nights’ quality accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (Using small hotels or guest houses, all graded three or four stars and close to somewhere to get evening meals and tried and tested to make sure they provide good service, bike storage etc.)

Cycle Rental

 Good quality hybrid bike hire charge is 

£200 Giant Roam

Good quality E-Bike, charge is 

£380

 including helmet, lock, spare tube, pump, repair kit, tyre levers and multi-tool

Cycling Terrain

Cycle the terrain is not very difficult with the exception of Day 3  from Settle to Pateley Bridge, distanced approximately 26 miles (42km).Here you will find yourself in the lowest gear.

  Our guided trips are all singing, all dancing version of our tours, where we do absolutely everything (apart from the pedalling!). You have an experienced guide who can take all of the hassles out of finding your way, will carry spares to keep you rolling with any trailside repairs and can adapt the route to how you are feeling by choosing different routes if necessary. We also provide a comprehensive back up service that means we can be there to help with any mechanical problems or pick up anyone who is struggling. We can also meet you at strategic points and make sure you have enough food and drink or just give you some words of encouragement! We carry loads of tools and spares to make sure we can keep you rolling.

Geography & Climate

8 days of fantastic cycling

•           10 nights’ quality accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (Using small hotels or guest houses, all graded three or four stars and close to somewhere to get evening meals and tried and tested to make sure they provide good service, bike storage etc.)

•           Baggage transfers between accommodation

•           Transport from Manchester to Morecambe on 27th August

•           Transport from Bridlington to Portpatrick on 2nd September

•           Transport from Kirkcudbright to Manchester on 6th September

•           Qualified and experienced local guide

•           Vehicle back up and support along the whole route

•           Good quality hybrid bike hire including helmet, lock, spare tube, pump, repair kit, tyre levers and multi-tool

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Passports’ & Visas

  • No minimum passport validity is required for U.S. citizens entering the United Kingdom (UK).
  • The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of the United Kingdom.
  • You are advised to purchase health insurance and trip cancellation insurance for this tour for this tour. should you need assistance with this please contact Al Pizi insurance broker in St.Catharines, Ontario

Flight Options

We are working on a group flight out of and back to Toronto Pearson airport. It is advisable to make this flight with the group because there is a bus journey to the seaside town of Morecambe. If you do not make this connection you will need to make your way to the coast and join the rest of the group at the seaside hotel in Morecambe. AT this time the return estimated quote from Air Transat is $ Cad 1,015.30 per pax. This group is organized by Julio Erheart, a travel agent with Vision 2000 in Toronto. This quote may go up or down and the sooner we all block our spot the better. It will make life soother for the whole organizing team.