The Cornish Tour - 8 days
Arrival in Wadebridge
Check in for your first night's accommodation at Wadebridge Bed and breakfast, in the north Cornish town of Wadebridge.
Your accommodation: Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast, Wadebridge
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.
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.
Charlestown to Falmouth - 26 miles (42 km)
First stop of the day is Mevagissey, a small working fishing village with narrow streets filled with gift shops, cafes, galleries and pubs. From there the route takes you through country lanes, past beaches and the impressive Caerhays Castle, deeper into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula towards St Mawes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & breakfast accommodation for all the family.
Porthcurno to St Ives - 24 miles (38 km)
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 one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall, St Just.
About your accommodation: The Queens Hotel – St Ives:
The Queen's Hotel is a late-Georgian, three-storey building in the heart of picturesque St Ives. Eight en-suite bedrooms have been redecorated with vintage furniture and Cornish artwork hanging on the freshly painted white walls, plus sparkling new bathrooms with new showers. Downstairs is a relaxed and friendly bar with delicious pub food made from the finest local, seasonal ingredients Cornwall has to offer.
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.
About your accommodation: The Seniars Arms – Perranporth:
The Seiners Arms is a family run bed & breakfast with its own restaurant and bar located on the beautiful Perranporth seafront in Cornwall. We offer a warm, friendly and traditional Cornish bar environment and each day serve a locally sourced, freshly prepared menu with an emphasis on the abundant seafood caught almost on our doorstep. Our guests enjoy jaw-dropping views over Perranporth's iconic Chapel Rock, her three mile stretch of golden sands and the mighty Atlantic ocean, which at high tide wraps the whole way around the building to provide the feeling of being completely at sea.
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.
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