See both beautiful coastlines of Cornwall on our 5 day Coast to Coast Tour. This carefully-planned route takes you through the idyllic south coast villages of Charlestown and Mevagissey, to the surf-drenched north coast of Newquay and Padstow. For a slightly easier tour following the same route, please see Coast to Coast Tour – 7 days.
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Electric cycle hire: Add £160 per person.
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91 miles (147 km)
23 miles (37 km)
Bodmin Parkway station, Newquay Airport
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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 abundant independent shops and cafés 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 get you set up and make all the necessary adjustments in the afternoon of your arrival, to ensure you are ready to go in the morning.
Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast, Wadebridge. Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast is contemporary, eco-friendly guest accommodation with easy access to the town centre, the Camel Trail, local and coastal walks and scenery. With Egyptian cotton bed linen and a hearty ‘full Cornish’ breakfast served each morning, you’ll be well prepared for your first day of cycling. Rooms are available as double or single occupancy with a choice of twins or doubles, and guests have full use of the garden and communal lounge.
Leaving Wadebridge, your tour begins with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail. Following the river towards Bodmin, you’ll pass the 18th century Bodmin Jail and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, where steam locomotives still ride the rails. Then it’s on to the unspoilt village of Lanlivery and a stop at The Crown Inn, a 12th century longhouse, for lunch. In the afternoon 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’ll see spectacular tall ships docked.
The Rashleigh Arms, Charlestown The Rashleigh Arms is a delightful village inn and restaurant with accommodation. The inn has recently been refurbished with 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 varied food menu and specials board available from 12pm until 9pm. There are eight en-suite rooms available, all of which are kept to a high standard of cleanliness and decoration throughout.
The day’s first stop is Mevagissey, a small working fishing village with narrow streets brimming with gift shops, cafés, galleries and pubs. From Mevagissey the route takes you through country lanes, past picture-perfect beaches and the impressive Caerhays Castle with its famous spring gardens, deeper into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. A trip across the Carrick Roads aboard the King Harry Ferry takes you past the National Trust gardens at Trelissick, a short ride from the cathedral city of Truro.
Truro Townhouse, Truro A central accommodation with comfortable and attractive rooms for you to relax in, each featuring an en-suite bathroom. The staff will make sure you have everything you need during your stay, and the property is within walking distance of all that Truro city centre has to offer, including a cinema and great selection of independent and high street shops. Some great restaurants also line the cobbled streets, including Hubbox, The Old Grammar School and Sam’s in the City.
The shortest day of cycling on the tour takes you from the sheltered south coast to the rugged north coast. Departing Truro, the route skirts around Idless Woods (a perfect spot for a picnic), heading into the heart of Cornwall. Following country lanes, this leg takes you right past Trerice, an Elizabethan manor house with fine interiors and delightful garden owned by the National Trust – a great stop for a cream tea. Then it’s on to Cornwall’s surfing capital: Newquay.
The Great Western, Newquay The recently 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 away from the beach. 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, blending Cornish produce with Mediterranean cuisine, and the well stocked bar offers an extensive range of drinks.
Leaving Newquay, the route follows National Cycle Route 32 through country lanes to St Columb Major, before heading north towards the coast. Rejoining the coastal road at Constantine Bay – a great surfing beach – the route follows the coastal lanes to the ancient fishing port of Padstow. The town is known for its Obby Oss celebrations and foodie offerings, with plentiful restaurants lining the harbour including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6, and Prawn on the Lawn. Padstow is also the starting point of The Camel Trail, the final leg of the tour back to Wadebridge.
Because all our tours are created around your preferred start dates and party size, we have a two stage booking process.
The world’s largest indoor rainforest is a must visit when in Cornwall. Explore its colourful gardens and towering biomes, and enjoy food from the Eden Kitchen.
Trellissick is a National Trust owned country house set within a stunning estate, featuring woodland walks and spectacular sea views.
This charming fishing town is surrounded by sandy beaches, and is renowned for its award-winning restaurants, owned by the likes of Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth.