The Cornish Way 5 Days

 


 

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.

Cycling 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.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £525/person

Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £180

Single Traveller Supplement - £265

Bike hire - £90 (Hybrid)

E-Bike Hire - £180

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

Suitable for anyone aged 12+

 

Trip Code

 

TCW512

 

Rob's Highlights

  • 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

 

 

Itinerary

Cycling in Cornwall is a pleasure. Quiet routes and stunning countryside make these easy leisure cycling holidays, a joy to ride. A cycling holiday in Cornwall really is the best way to explore this beautiful part of the UK.

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.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Luggage Transfers

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

4 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers

Meet & Greet by Bikecation rep

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Bike hire

Drinks

Insurance

Lunches & evening meals

Testimonial

“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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