Coast To Coast: The Way Of The Roses – The Plan

Before heading off to the continent in early July, I’d like to take the bike out for a shortish camping trip over three or four days. So, following on from the discussion I was having with myself a few weeks ago regarding completing one of the coast-to-coast cycling routes here in northern England, I’ve decided to take the train over to Morecambe in Lancashire and cycle east along the Way of the Roses from Lancaster to York. I may continue as far as Flamborough (the end of the route) but we’ll see how that goes at the time. As far as York will be planned, anything after York unplanned.

Short cycle-camping trips are easy to plan in advance with confidence as there a good chance that you know where you’ll be on a given date so I’ve been online and sorted out some trains and campsite bookings:

DateJourneyCycling DistanceAccommodation
27.5.22Home to Morecambe by train:
Halifax (10:38) to Leeds (11:13)
Leeds (12:18) to Morecambe (14:23)
Redbank Farm Camspite
28.5.22Morecambe to Horton-in-Ribblesdale56kmHolme Farm Campsite
29.5.22Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ripon70kmJelly Legs
30.5.22Ripon to York50km
31.5.22 –
Perhaps beyond…

I’m hoping to use the opportunity of cycling to York to drop Wanda (the Koga WorldTraveller…) at CycleSense in Tadcaster for a service before the continental trip in July. That’s why the bit after York remains just a ‘perhaps’. If CycleSense can fit the bike in at the start of June, I’d be saving myself a trip in the car later in the month. I can return home on the train without the bike from Church Fenton, which is within walking distance of Tadcaster.

Aside from everything else, I’m keen to try out some mobile podcasting in preparation for the longer trip this summer. If you remember, I experimented with this a while back on a trip to Hebden Bridge. I’d now like to do it for proper from a tent!

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