The Cornish Way 5 days
From £450 March to Oct - Call for dates
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Easy Moderate Trip code - TCW512

Sand between your toes, sun on your back, wind in your hair, salt on your lips riding through Cornwall is a delightful, sensory experience, and a chance to savour the magic that sets this Atlantic realm apart.

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 landscapes you’ll see are not only beautiful, but rich in history and varied too: from the heavily-wooded Camel river to the China clay pits above St Austell, and from the sandy coves beside Veryan bay to the wild, heather moorland of the Penwith peninsula where the hawthorn trees are bowed by the wind, this is great cycling country.

There are plenty of reasons to get off the bike too: you’ll ride past the Eden Project, the famous gardens at Heligan and Trelissick, and Truro Cathedral, not to mention the plethora of fine village pubs and tea rooms.

The Cornish Way is no more than 100 miles a very manageable distance spread over three or four 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.

  • 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

What people have said

“A fantastic mini-break. We ate well, slept well, took loads of exercise and returned home completely revitalised. The weather was kind and it was a beautiful journey. Thank you Bikecation for making it all so easy.”
Rupert Clarke
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 1 April 2014 to 31 October 2014
From £450 March to Oct - Call for dates
£450
From 1 April 2014 to 31 October 2014
From £550 for Private Tours Available on Request
£550

Supplements

This tour is based on 4 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 - £180.00
  • Bike hire - £90.00
  • Additional nights - Price upon request

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

Reductions

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
child:

  • 1st and 2nd child reduction - £225.00

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

Departures

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
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Day 1: Arrive 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.

Day 2: Wadebridge to St Austell - approx 22 miles

You head south on the Camel Trail to Bodmin. The Camel Trail makes for a lovely bike ride and it’s a great way to begin your journey. South of Bodmin the route reaches the village of Luxulyan. Dropping down into a picturesque valley, you pass under the Treffry viaduct. Climbing out of the valley, there are views out to the southern coast and the China clay pits before you arrive at the Eden Project. Then it’s a gentle cruise, mainly downhill to St Austell.

Day 3: St Austell to Truro - approx 28 miles

Heading south from St Austell, you follow a traffic-free path to reach the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You reach the coast at Mevagissey, a typically pretty Cornish port. Porthmellon is the next bay south. A few miles further is Porthluney Cove, a great spot for a swim in the sea. Adjacent to the Cove is Caerhays Castle, a gothic manor house. After another quaint fishing village, Portloe, you climb again, (there is an alternative route that skips this coastal section, and the steepest hills), through Veryan, to cross over the top of the Roseland Peninsula. The route now winds north, to reach the capital of Cornwall, Truro, with the magnificent Gothic Revival cathedral at its heart.

Day 4: Truro to Mousehole - approx 33 miles

You pass through Redruth on the central granite spine of Cornwall. The route threads beneath Carn Brae, and through Camborne. You touch the north coast at Hayle on St Ives Bay, before swinging south on undulating lanes, through St Erth. On, on and soon there are views of Mount’s Bay – this is the narrow neck of Cornwall – and then you’re tumbling down towards Marazion and the sea again. From Marazion to Mousehole, the Cornish Way clings to the sea. It’s a lovely end to the ride, along the beach, past Penzance docks, Newlyn harbour and Penlee Point to reach the fishing village of Mousehole.

Day 5: Mousehole to Land’s End - approx 12 miles

The Cornish Way ends with a corking morning, to the wild and rugged end of England. There is a climb out of Mousehole, but then you’re up on the moorland – a landscape eroded by the weather and softened by glimpses of the sea. You pass standing stones and isolated farmhouses before dropping down to the glorious stretch of beach at Sennen Cove. Follow a beautiful, cliff-top cycle path over heather moorland, the final mile to that enigmatic juncture of land and sea – your journey’s end, Land’s End.
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What people have said

“A fantastic mini-break. We ate well, slept well, took loads of exercise and returned home completely revitalised. The weather was kind and it was a beautiful journey. Thank you Bikecation for making it all so easy.”
Rupert Clarke

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What people have said

“A fantastic mini-break. We ate well, slept well, took loads of exercise and returned home completely revitalised. The weather was kind and it was a beautiful journey. Thank you Bikecation for making it all so easy.”
Rupert Clarke

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. 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.

3. What do I wear for 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. 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. 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

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 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.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our 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 read our Flight optionspage

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.

What people have said

“A fantastic mini-break. We ate well, slept well, took loads of exercise and returned home completely revitalised. The weather was kind and it was a beautiful journey. Thank you Bikecation for making it all so easy.”
Rupert Clarke

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