The Cornish Circular 8 days
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Easy Moderate Trip code - TCW514

Take in the northern and southern coasts of Cornwall with our Cornish circular tour of the south west in our fantastic cycling trip that allows you to cycle through all the best areas of Cornwalls coastal towns as you will run a loop from Wadebridge to Land’s End.

Explore the region by bike and visit the towns of Wadebridge, Charlestown, Falmouth, Porthcurno and many more.

Some of the Cornish Way is on traffic-free paths, but the greater part is on country lanes, lanes lined with sod banks bursting with wildflowers in summer, lanes so quiet that you’ll wonder if time has stood still.

The Cornish Way is no more than 180 miles a very manageable distance spread over 5 or 6 days, but this ride, from the bustling market town of Wadebridge to the Atlantic cliffs at Land’s End has the power to take you a long, long way away.

Cycling holidays have never been easier with bikecation, providing you with the experience of a lifetime and the joy of riding through your dream destination.

  • Riding the Camel Trail
  • Visiting the Eden project
  • Swimming in the sea at Porthluney Cove
  • The ferry across the River Fal
  • Tea and scones in Truro
  • Mousehole harbour
  • The descent to Marazion with the sun setting on Mounts Bay
  • Land’s End
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 1 April 2018 to 27 October 2018
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double room


This tour is based on 7 nights in a mixture of 3* B&B, guest houses and small hotels. The tour is based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room. Applicable supplements to this tour are as follows on a per person basis:

  • Single supplement - £315.00
  • Bike hire - £160.00
  • Additional nights - Price upon request

Bikes provided are quality hybrid equipped with 21 gears, helmet, handlebar bag, water bottle and repair kit.


This tour offers a reduction for up to 2 children aged up to 16 sharing a room with 2 adults. The reduction on this tour is as follows per

  • 1st and 2nd child reduction - £300.00

Please note: reductions are only applicable if 2 adults are sharing and are subject to availability.


This tour runs on any day from April to October on request.

Other Information:

We feel this trip is suitable for children aged 12 and over, however this is a guideline and will depend on the ability of each child.

What's included

  • 24 hour emergency back up support
  • 4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Meet & Greet by a Bikecation rep
  • Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's not included

  • Bike hire
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Lunches & evening meals

Day 1: Arrival in Wadebridge

Arrive in Wadebridge by train or car, and check in to your accommodation. A member of the Bikecation team will meet you this evening or after breakfast tomorrow, to hand over your route notes and maps, plus your bike if you’re hiring one, and answer those last minute questions.

In the afternoon take time to explore the shops and cafes of Wadebridge, If though you can't wait to get on your bike and experience the Cornish countryside you can cycle up and down the Camel Trail to Padstow. If you have organised a bike to hire for the cycling trip we will need to set you up and make all the necessary adjustments in the afternoon, to ensure you are ready to go in the morning.

Your accommodation: The Molesworth Arms - Wadebridge

Day 2: Wadebridge to Charlestown - 23 miles (37 km)

In the morning depart Wadebridge, your cycling adventure will begin with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail which you may have explored the day before. You will follow the river towards Bodmin. The Camel Trail is completely traffic free and thousands enjoy the path through the Cornish countryside each year. Then it's on to the unspoilt village of Lanlivery and stop at The Crown Inn, a 12th century longhouse, for lunch.

In the afternoon you will pass The Eden Project and ride along parts of the Clay Trails. Then it's on to the historic port of Charlestown which was used as a location for filming Poldark and Jane Austin’s Persuasion. There is also a shipwreck museum here where you will see tall ships docked.

Your accommodation: The Rashleigh Arms - Charlestown

Day 3: Charlestown to Falmouth - 26 miles (42 km)

Day three starts with a visit to Mevagissey, a small Cornish working fishing village with narrow streets filled with cafes, galleries, gift shops and pubs. The route will then take you through country lanes, past beaches and the impressive Caerhays Castle, deeper into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula towards the next stop for the day, St Mawes.

A fantastic attraction in the area is St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, before coasting down the hill to the beautiful scenic village of St Mawes, this is where you can catch the ferry to Falmouth. Falmouth is home to the world's third largest natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum.

Your accommodation: The Gyllyngvase House Hotel - Falmouth

Day 4: Falmouth to Porthleven - 23 miles (37 km)

Leaving Falmouth the route moves on to the Trebah Gardens and the beaches of Swanpool and Maenporth, before then turning inland, crossing the Lizard peninsula. Cycling through some of the most unspoilt villages on the Helford River, the route takes you to the town of Helston, home of the Flora Dance festival.

Take the short ride down to the fishing village of Porthleven, which has a fantastic array of pubs, cafés and art galleries, as well as one of the best surfing breaks in the country.

Your accommodation: The Harbour Inn - Porthleven

Day 5: Porthleven to Porthcurno - 24 miles (39 km)

Day five starts with a visit to the seaside village of Marazion, which has breathtaking views over St Michael's Mount and Mounts Bay. From Marazion there is an easy, level ride around Mount's Bay to Penzance and neighbouring Newlyn. Here there are plenty going on here which makes it an ideal place for lunch.

The tour follows the coast road to Mousehole, a cosy fishing village with charm and character. Porthcurno is home to the Minack Theatre - a unique place where the auditorium and stage are carved into the cliff above the sea. Performances are held here throughout the summer.

Your accommodation: Rockridge House - Porthcurno

Day 6: Porthcurno to St Ives - 24 miles (38 km)

England’s most westerly point, Land's End is the only place in the country possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day. Then the route takes you to the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall, St Just.

Cornwall's mining heritage is clearly present around St Just. Ride north along the coast through Botallack, the spectacular cliff scenery is studded with mine engine houses and chimney stacks on the cliff edges. There is even a dedicated tin mining museum at Geevor.

St Ives, with its cobbled streets and magnificent scenery, has long attracted artists for the quality of the light. Art lovers can visit The Tate gallery, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, and the Barbara Hepworth museum which is in the artist's former home.

Your accommodation: The Queens Hotel – St Ives

Day 7: St Ives to Perranporth - 27 miles (44 km)

First stop of the day is Hayle, which is known for its three miles of golden sands and is also a good bird watching spot. From there the tour continues along the coastal lanes towards St Agnes with its beautiful scenic coastline, fantastic beaches and art and craft shops.

Leaving St Agnes you cycle through the Blue Hills, a valley of gorse and heather where you will see a selection of old mines, to Perranporth. The family resort is home to a three mile long beach and the Perranzabuloe folk museum.

Your accommodation: The Seniars Arms - Perranporth

Day 8: Perranporth to Wadebridge - 30 miles (48 km)

The route follows coastal lanes to the charming village of Crantock before arriving in Newquay, famous for its surfing beaches and night life. Then, you continue along the coast, past Watergate bay, Mawgan Porth and the stunning rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps.

The ancient fishing port of Padstow is known for its Obby Oss celebrations on May Day - the rest of the year Rick Stein caters for the hungry at his fish and chip shop, as well as the famous Seafood Restaurant. Padstow is also the starting point of The Camel Trail, the final leg of the tour back to Wadebridge.

Alternative Route (marked with dotted line on map): As the coastal lanes between Newquay and Padstow can be very busy in summer, cyclists can choose an alternative route which follows National Cycle Route 32 through St Columb Major. The alternative route adds 7.5 miles to the daily total, but is faster and flatter.

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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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