Five day coast to coast self-guided cycling holiday

Coast to Coast tour - 5 days

See two sides of Cornwall on our Coast to Coast Tour. The carefully-planned route takes you through the idyllic south coast towns and villages of Charlestown and Mevagissey to the surf-drenched north coast at Newquay and Padstow. For a slightly easier tour following the same route please see Coast to Coast Tour - 7 days

Starts: Wadebridge
Total distance: 91 miles (147 km)
Average daily distance: 23 miles (37 km)
Tour difficulty 2: Medium
Transfers available from: Bodmin Parkway station, Newquay Airport
Cycle hire: add £60 per person
Electric cycle hire: add £120 per person

Price: £555

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Coast to Coast Tour - 5 days


Day One 

Arrive in Wadebridge

Check in for your first night's accommodation at Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast, in the north Cornish town of Wadebridge.

In the afternoon you are free to explore the shops and cafes of Wadebridge, or you could stretch your legs by cycling the Camel Trail to Padstow. If you are hiring a cycle for the tour we will set you up and make all the necessary adjustments in the afternoon, to ensure you are ready to go in the morning.

Your accommodation: Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast, Wadebridge


Day Two

Wadebridge to Charlestown - 23 miles (37 km)

Leaving Wadebridge, your tour begins with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail. Following the river towards Bodmin, you pass an 18th century jail (Bodmin Jail) and the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, where steam locomotives still ride the rails. 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.

About your accommodation: The Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown

The Rashleigh Arms is a delightful village inn and restaurant with accommodation. The inn has recently been refurbished giving superb bedrooms, most with sea views and situated close to the quay. Located in the picturesque fishing port of Charlestown and close to the bustling town of St Austell, the Rashleigh Arms has a full menu and special's board available from 12.00pm until 9.00 pm. There are 8 letting rooms, all of which are kept to a high standard of cleanliness and decoration throughout. All are en-suite and some have sea views.


Day Three

 Charlestown to Truro - 29 miles (47 km)

The day's first stop is Mevagissey, a small working fishing village with narrow streets filled with gift shops, cafes, galleries and pubs.

From Mevagissey the route takes you through country lanes, past beaches and the impressive Caerhays Castle with its famous spring gardens, deeper into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula.

A quick trip across the Carrick Roads aboard the King Harry Ferry takes you past the National Trust gardens at Trelissick, from where it's a short ride into the cathedral city of Truro.

About your accommodation: Merchant House, Truro

Merchant House was originally a Victorian merchant's house and was converted into a hotel in the 1950s. It used to be known as The Carlton Hotel before it underwent a huge renovation. With light modern bedrooms and free Wifi, it's a warm, friendly hotel just ten minutes walk from the city centre. Merchant House also caters specifically for cyclists with a drying room for wet kit, a launderette, refridgerated food storage and packed lunch service on offer.



Day Four

Truro to Newquay - 13 miles (21 km)

The shortest day of cycling on the tour takes you from coast to coast. Departing the sheltered south coast at Truro the route skirts around Idless Woods (a great spot for a picnic), heading through the heart of Cornwall.

Following country lanes, this leg takes you right past Trerice, an Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden owned by the National Trust - a great stop for a cream tea.

Then it's on to Cornwall's surfing capital Newquay and the Three Tees Hotel close to Lusty Glaze beach.

About your accommodation: The Great Western, Newquay

The refurbished Great Western Hotel is set in the heart of Newquay with a superb sea view, cliff top garden and terrace, and only a few steps from the beach and the sea. The Great Western Hotel offers some of the best value accommodation in Newquay for relaxation, informality and comfort. Steam, the Hotel bar and restaurant, offers a menu of locally sourced dishes which blend Cornwall with the Mediterranean. All the food is freshly prepared and locally sourced where possible while the well stocked bar offers a full range of drinks.


Day Five

Newquay to Wadebridge - 26 miles (42 km)

Leaving Newquay, the route follows National Cycle Route 32 through country lanes to St Columb Major, before heading north towards the coast. The route is faster and flatter than the shorter coastal road which can get very busy in summer months.

Rejoining the coastal road at Constantine Bay - a great surfing beach - the route follows the coastal lanes to the ancient fishing port of Padstow. The town 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.

Truro to Newquay - Cornish Cycle Tours
Newquay to Wadebridge - Cornish Cycle Tours

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