THE CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY TOUR - 14 days
Arrive 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 Lanlivery - 16 miles (26 km)
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.
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 Marshall. 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. Valley 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
About your accommodation: The Yacht Inn, Penzance
The Yacht Inn is right in the heart of Penzance with most rooms overlooking the harbour
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
About your accommodation: The Commercial Hotel, St Just
The Commercial Hotel is situated in the centre of St Just. A former coaching inn, the Commercial Hotel has been run by the same family for over 100 years and is well-known locally for its warm, Cornish welcome and excellent home cooked food. Located a mile from Cape Cornwall, the area is rich in Cornish culture and Heritage, with ancient Celtic sites, hidden coves is and close to the popular beaches at Sennen Cove Beach and Porthcurno. All 11 bedrooms are en-suite with colour televisions, hair dryers, tea/coffee making facilities and are non smoking.
St Just to St Ives - 16 miles (26 km)
Leaving St Just the tour follows lanes which hug the clifftops to the north of Cape Cornwall. 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.
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 Seiners 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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