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THE CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY TOUR - 11 DAYS

Explore Cornwall from top to bottom before heading across the Celtic Sea to the idyllic Isles of Scilly. This gentle 11-day tour starts on Padstow's Camel Trail before bearing south to Falmouth, past the famous St Michael's Mount to Penzance. Climb aboard The Scillonian ferry to the stunning Isles of Scilly where you're free to island hop and discover the sandy white beaches, Bronze Age ruins and quaint villages the Scillies are so famous for. Alternatively try our extended 14-day Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Tour.

Total distance: 104 miles (167 km)
Average daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Tour difficulty 1: Easy
Transfers available from: Bodmin Parkway station or Newquay Airport to Wadebridge; St Just to Penzance station.
Cycle hire: Add £120 including two days hire on Isles of Scilly per person*
Electric cycle hire: Add £180 plus £30 for Isles of Scilly normal bike hire per person*

*For more information on these extra cycle charges, visit our FAQ page and scroll to the bottom

Price: £1,155.00

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THE CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY TOUR - 11 days

     
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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

     
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Day Two

Wadebridge to Lanlivery - 16 miles (26 km)

Leaving Wadebridge, your tour begins with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail, from where a short detour takes you to the award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard.

Continuing along 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 for your overnight stop at The Crown Inn, a 12th century longhouse.

About your accommodation: The Crown Inn, Lanlivery

The Crown Inn, Lanlivery is one of the oldest pubs in Cornwall offering relaxed bed & breakfast accommodation. Besides the B&B accommodation, The Crown Inn also serves award winning food and drink both lunchtimes and evenings every day of the week. Located close to the historic town of Lostwithiel, The Crown Inn has been sympathetically restored to its original style. The bar is an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink or a meal alongside the roaring log fires. The Crown Inn has nine comfortable en suite rooms all awarded 3 Diamonds by the AA. Also if you arrive at the inn early after your day cycling, they are open for lunch, afternoon drinks and dinner.

     
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Day Three

Lanlivery to Mevagissey - 14 miles (22 km)

In the morning 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, and The Rashleigh Arms is a great lunch stop.

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

About your accommodation: Boscombe Bed and Breakfast, Megavissey

Boscombe Bed & Breakfast is a small, family run B&B with a genuine warm and welcoming atmosphere run by hosts Andrew and Lynn. The Edwardian dwelling is set in large landscaped private gardens on the fringes of the picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey, yet is only just a few minutes stroll from the traditional working harbour, shops and restaurants. Boscombe House features three en-suite guest bedrooms set in a warm, contemporary atmosphere. Breakfast is usually served in the breakfast room between 8 am and 9 am where guests can enjoy views of the garden.

     
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Day Four

Mevagissey to Falmouth - 19 miles (31 km)

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

Here you pass St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, before coasting down the hill to the beautiful scenic village of St Mawes, where you catch the ferry to Falmouth. Falmouth is home to the world's third largest natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum.

About your accommodation: The Gyllyngvase House Hotel, Falmouth

The Gyllyngvase House Hotel offers quality accommodation and all the facilities of a small hotel. They are a friendly, family run hotel, and are situated 200m from the seafront at Gyllyngvase beach with Falmouth town centre and historic harbour just a few short minutes walk away. The Hotel has thirteen bedrooms, comprising of doubles, twins, family rooms and singles. Paul and Emma Lower are the proprietors of this family run hotel and have many years experience in tourism and hotels and will personally supervise all your arrangements during your visit.

     
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Day Five

Falmouth to Porthleven - 23 miles (37 km)

Leaving Falmouth the route passes Trebah Gardens and the beaches of Swanpool and Maenporth, before turning inland to cross 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.

From Helston there is a short ride down to the fishing village of Porthleven, which is home to an array of pubs, cafés and art galleries, as well as one of the best surfing breaks in the country.

About your accommodation: The Harbour Inn, Porthleven

The Harbour Inn is a lively pub situated on the harbour in the small Cornish village of Porthleven. The Harbour Inn has 14 rooms in total each featuring a telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. All the food served at The Harbour Inn uses fresh local produce and there is also entertainment in the bar on Friday and Saturday evenings until 11 pm, with a quiz night on Thursday evenings. To all cyclists finishing their route earlier in the day, check-in is available after 1.30 pm.

     
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Day Six

Porthleven to Penzance - 13 miles (21 km)

From Porthleven you cycle along coastal lanes to the seaside village of Marazion, which affords breathtaking views over St Michael's Mount and Mount's Bay.

From Marazion there is an easy, level ride around Mount's Bay to Penzance and neighbouring Newlyn. Both towns have large harbours and big fishing fleets, so there is always plenty going on here. 

About your accommodation: The Yacht Inn, Penzance

The Yacht Inn is right in the heart of Penzance with most rooms overlooking the harbour
towards the sea. There are seven en suite rooms, including one with a desirable balcony view for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. 
The Yacht Inn prizes itself on serving delicious, locally sourced food from pan roasted duck to shell fish from nearby Newlyn. It is just a few minutes walk from the harbour, perfect for catching The Scillionian the next day.


 

     
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Day Seven 

Penzance to Isles of Scilly

From Penzance, catch The Scillonian ferry from the Lighthouse Pier to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly. The crossing takes approximately two hours and 45 minutes. Dolphins and porpoises are often spotted swimming alongside The Scillonian's bow. 

You will arrive on St Mary's, the biggest island, where you will stay for the next three nights. Just 2.5 miles wide, St Mary's makes the perfect base to explore the Isles. It boasts beautiful golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and cosy pubs which can be easily discovered by bicycle in one day.

About your accommodation: Westford House, St Mary's

Westford House is nestled in Hugh Town, just five minutes from the ferry quay. This 19th century Georgian townhouse has five en suite bedrooms, all named after the different Isles of Scilly. The large airy guest lounge has a television and massage chair to relax in after a long day exploring the islands. The Scillonian even offer to deliver your luggage from the ferry to the front door of Westford House for just £1.30 per item. You will stay here for the duration of your time on the Isles of Scilly.

     
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Day Eight

Isles of Scilly

Five inhabited islands - plus over 100 more - make up the Isles of Scilly - St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, St Agnes and Bryher. There's no set trail, so you are free to explore them as you please. All the islands are easily accesible by boat through St Mary's Boatmen Association

If you want to spend the day in St Mary's, Porthcressa Beach is a beautiful spot for snorkeling and you can discover the Bronze Age village at Halangy Down.

Tresco is the second largest and only privately owned island. Make sure you stop byTresco Abbey Gardens and marvel at 20,000 exotic species, most of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain.

     
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Day Nine

Isles of Scilly

After another night's rest at Westford House, why not explore St Martin's? Swim in the sandy white cresent of Par Bay and you may spot some seals sunbathing on the rocks. Adam's Fish and Chips is a good place to stop for lunch.

St Agnes is on the most southwesterly tip of the Isles of Scilly. Walk across the sandbar to the uninhabited island of Gugh. Back on the mainland, explore the quaint cottages and flower fields before finishing off with a cold pint at Britain's most southwesterly pub, The Turk's Head.

Finally, if you still have time, take a boat to Bryher and go kayaking around Green Bay before watching the sunset at Popplestones.

 

     
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Day Ten

 Isles of Scilly to Penzance

Say farewell to the Scillies and board The Scillionian back to Penzance. If you haven't already had time to explore St Michael's Mount, walk across the sandbar at low tide. This Medieval castle is still a home today to Lord St Levan. Spend the evening back in The Yacht Inn before the cycling recommences tomorrow.

Your accommodation: The Yacht Inn, Penzance

     
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Day Eleven

Penzance to St Just - 19 miles (31 km)

From Penzance, the route takes you past the tiny coastal hamlet of Lamorna - a popular subject for the Newlyn School of artists in the late nineteenth century.

Further west is Porthcurno, 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.

From Land's End, England’s most westerly point, it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.

Then it's on to the final leg of your journey, one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall, St Just. Cornwall's mining heritage is clearly visible here, with the spectacular clifftop scenery studded with mine engine houses and chimney stacks. Enjoy the scenery before making your way home.

 

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