Cornwall offers an overwhelming sensory sensation and will definitely be one of your favourite cycling experiences - sandy beaches, sunny weather, a soft breeze in your face. The Cornish Way, as is the name of the course, is on a traffic-restricted path, as well as on quiet country lanes flourishing with wild flowers. Breath-taking landscapes with a lot of historical background will make you wonder if time has stood still in this place.
Some of the many diverse landscapes include the heavily-forested Camel river, the China clay pits, as well as the coves near Veryan bay and the untamed Penwith peninsula. You’ll surely get the urge to get off your bike too, and send some time discovering the Eden Project, Heligan and Trelissick gardens, the Truro Cathedral, and many wonderful pubs and tea shops across the countryside.
Although the Cornish Way spreads out across only 100 miles, which is a decent distance for a 3 to 4 day trip, this ride will still definitely take you a long way.
Quiet routes and stunning countryside make these easy leisure cycling holidays pure pleasure, and the best way to explore this beautiful part of the UK.
Day 1: Arrive in Padstow
Arrive in Padstow 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, your bike if you’re hiring one, and answer those last minute questions.
Day 2: Padstow to St Austell - approx 28 miles
You head south on the Camel Trail to Wadebridge and then Bodmin. The Camel Trail makes for a lovely ride and is 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, and the climb out of the valley provides views out to the southern coast and the China clay pits, before arriving at the Eden Project. Then it’s a gentle downhill cruise to St Austell.
Day 3: St Austell to Truro - approx 28 miles
Heading south from St Austell, you follow a traffic-free path to the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You reach the coast at Mevagissey, a typically pretty Cornish port, with Porthmellon in 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, an impressive 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. 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 exhilarating morning along the wild and rugged end point 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.