road Tour - 6 days
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.
Your accommodation: Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast, Wadebridge
Wadebridge to Falmouth - 41 miles (66 km)
Leaving Wadebridge, your tour heads south including the challenging Hustyn Hill, a 28% incline. (Please note in wet conditions this hill is uncycleable - an alternative route is suggested in your briefing.) Skirting around Bodmin the route follows the old main A30 trunk road then dropping down through Ladock to Truro, the county's capital. Passing the historic cathedral, the city provides plentiful opportunities for lunch with a whole host of restaurants and eateries.
After lunch you continue south before crossing the river Fal for the first time on the King Harry Ferry at Feock. Coasting down to the beautiful scenic village of St Mawes, you catch the ferry to Falmouth, home to the world's third deepest natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, and your destination for the evening.
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 - 37 miles (60 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 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 St Ives - 43 miles (69 km)
From Porthleven you cycle along the picturesque coast road through Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole, a cosy fishing village with real charm and character.
Porthcurno is 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 one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall, St Just.
Continuing on the hard going route of climbs you enter St. Ives, with its cobbled streets and magnificent scenery.
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 Newquay - 39 miles (63 km)
Continuing with the challenging terrain of the previous day, you enter 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 north coast passing the beaches of Portreath, Porthtowan and Perranporth.
The route then circles the famous sand dunes at Holywell Bay, before arriving in Newquay, famous for its surfing beaches and nightlife.
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.
Newquay to Wadebridge - 32 miles (51 km)
The shortest day on the tour sees you continue to follow the contours of the north coast through Porth, St Eval and St Merryn before a tough ride to the foodies' paradise of Padstow.
After a well-deserved break, it’s on to the final leg. An easy ride south to St Colomb Major and then on to trickier terrain through small villages and splendid countryside on the way back to Wadebridge.
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