Cornwall Circular 8 Days

 


 

Our longest cycling route in Cornwall allows you to take in the delights of both the northern and southern coastlines. The Cornish circular tour is a fantastic cycling trip that allows you to cycle through all the best towns and regions of Cornwalls coastline.

Explore the region by bike and visit the towns of Padstow, Charlestown, Falmouth, Porthcurno, St Ives, Newquay and many more.

Some of the Cornish Circular route 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.

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.

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 - £850/person

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £315

Single Traveller Supplement - £425

Bike hire - £160 (Hybrid)

E-Bike Hire - £250

Additional nights - Price upon request

 

Other Info

 

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

 

Trip Code

 

TCW514

Rob's Highlights

  • Riding the Camel Trail

  • Visiting the Eden project

  • Swimming in the sea at Porthluney Cove

  • The ferry across the River Fal

  • Mousehole harbour

  • Tea and scones in Truro

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 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

Lunches & evening meals

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 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

“We've seen many of Cornwall's great attractions on this trip, from the gardens (EDEN Project, The Lost Garden's of Heligan, etc.) to the grand structures (St. Micheal's Mount, Minack Theater) to the stunning scenery. The accommodation was very good, usually with sea view." - W. Janke

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