Five day West of Cornwall self-guided cycling holiday

West Cornwall Tour - 5 days

Starting from Porthleven in the west of the county, the West Cornwall Tour combines stunning coastal cycling with stops in beautiful seaside towns including St Ives, Penzance and Falmouth.

Starts: Porthleven
Total distance: 106 miles (170 km)
Average daily distance: 26.5 miles (42 km)
Tour difficulty 3: Hard
Transfers available from: Penzance railway station
Cycle hire: add £60 per person
Electric cycle hire: add £120 per person 

Price: £555

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West Cornwall Tour - 5 days


Day One

Arrive in Porthleven

Check in for your first night's accommodation at The Harbour Inn, Porthleven. 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.

Fishing village Porthleven is home to lots of shops, pubs, art galleries and cafés to explore. Enjoy fish and chips on the beachfront, or visit one of many restaurants for dinner, such as Cornish-Asian style restaurant Kota Kai.

About your accommodation: The Harbour Inn, Porthleven

The Harbour Inn is a lively pub situated on the harbour. It 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 11pm, with a quiz night on Thursday evenings.


Day two

Porthleven to Porthcurno - 24 miles (39 km)

From Porthleven you cycle along coastal lanes to the seaside village of Marazion, which affords 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. Both towns have large harbours and big fishing fleets, so there is always plenty going on here. It's also an ideal place for lunch.

The tour follows the coast road to Mousehole - a cosy fishing village with real charm and character - before returning to Porthcurno.

About your accommodation: Rockridge House, Porthcurno

Nestled deep in the beautiful valley cove of Porthcurno in South West Penwith lies Rockridge House, a luxurious family home offering wonderful bed and breakfast accommodation for all the family.


Day Three

Porthcurno to St Ives - 25 miles (41 km)

First stop of the tour is the most westerly point on the mainland: Land's End. After admiring the view, it's on past Sennen Cove to St Just. The area's mining heritage is clearly visible here, with engine houses and ruined mine workings still standing at Botallack and Levant, and the Geevor Mine museum at Pendeen.

The route then takes you through National Trust land at Rosemergy, Porthmeor and Gurnard's Head to the village of Zennor, where the nearby Logan Stone is worth a detour.

St Ives is well known for its artists, and there you will find the Tate gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum, as well as some great restaurants and picturesque harbour. We recommend restaurant Onshore for dinner.

About your accommodation: The Queen's Hotel, St Ives

The Queen's Hotel is in the heart of St Ives and is a great base from which to explore the town. There are ten newly-refurbished bedrooms filled with vintage furniture and Cornish pictures. The hotel is also home to a popular gastropub where you can expect big flavours, local produce and affordable prices.


Day Four

St Ives to Falmouth - 34 miles (54 km)

After leaving St Ives you will head towards Hayle and take the Engine House Trail, a dedicated cycle track which links the many engine houses dominating the landscape, and cycle through the town of Camborne which was where the last deep working tin mine closed in Europe (South Crofty).

The tour continues through Redruth and on to Devoran before catching the King Harry Ferry accross the Carrick Roads to the Roseland peninsula. The final leg of the day takes you to St Mawes where you will catch another ferry to Falmouth, home to the deepest natural harbour in Europe.

About your accommodation: The Gyllyngvase House Hotel, Falmouth

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.

Option to vary route: With the last St Mawes to Falmouth ferry leaving at around 4.30pm, cyclists have the option to stay overnight in St Mawes if they would prefer a more leisurely day. Alternative accommodation is in The Victory Inn, St Mawes, and has a surcharge of £25 per person.


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.

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