A challenging tour with a great mix of terrain and views.

Following the same route as the 4 day and 8 day Road Tours, this tour covers an average of just under 40 miles (62km) each day with a mixture of undulating hills and flatter terrain. For a longer tour, try our 8 Day Road Tour, or for a more challenging route try the 4 Day Road Tour.

Cycle hire: Add £100 per person.

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Total distance:

192 miles (309 km)

Average daily distance:

38.5 miles (62 km)

Tour difficulty

4: Hardest

Transfers available from:

Bodmin Parkway station, Newquay Airport


Low Season: £680pp

Mid Season: £850pp

High Season: £902pp

About the Tour

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 1

Arrive in Wadebridge

Check in for your first night’s accommodation at The Molesworth Arms 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 local lanes. 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, such as fitting pedals, to ensure you are ready to go in the morning.

Your Accommodation

The Molesworth Arms, Wadebridge. The Molesworth Arms is a beautiful 16th Century coaching inn with original wood beams and exposed brickwork. It is nestled in the heart of the bustling traditional market town of Wadebridge with easy access to The Camel Trail, local and coastal walks and scenery. A warm welcome awaits as well as fine foods, Local Ales and lovely rooms. A hearty ‘full Cornish’ breakfast is served each morning so you’ll be well prepared for your first day of cycling.


Day 2 | 41 miles (66 km)

Wadebridge to Falmouth

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 drops down through Ladock to Truro, the county’s capital. Passing the historic cathedral, the city provides plentiful opportunities for lunch with a 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 accommodation for the evening.

Your Accommodation

The Gyllyngvase House Hotel, Falmouth The Gyllyngvase House Hotel offers quality accommodation and all the facilities of a small hotel. This is a friendly, family-run hotel, situated only 200m from the seafront at Gyllyngvase beach with Falmouth town centre and historic harbour just a few short minutes walk away. The Hotel has 13 bedrooms, comprising of doubles, twins, family rooms and singles. Paul and Emma Lower are the proprietors of this family run hotel and will personally supervise all your arrangements during your visit.


Day 3 | 37 miles (60 km

Falmouth to Porthleven

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.

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 Saturday evenings, with a fun quiz night on Thursday evenings.


Day 4 | 43 miles (69 km)

Porthleven to St Ives

From Porthleven you will 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 auditorium and stage carved into the cliff above the sea with performances throughout the summer. You’ll arrive at Land’s End, England’s most westerly point, where it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day so keep an eye out. 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’ll enter St. Ives, with its cobbled streets and magnificent scenery.

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, 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.


Day 5 | 39 miles (63 km)

St Ives to Newquay

Continuing with the challenging terrain of the previous day, you’ll enter Hayle, 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.

Your Accommodation

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.


Day 6 | 32 miles (51 km)

Newquay to Wadebridge

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 Padstow, known for its fantastic Christmas Festival and plentiful foodie offerings, with a number of great restaurants lining the harbour, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6, and Prawn on the Lawn. After a well-deserved break, it’s on to the final leg. An easy ride south to St Columb Major and then on to trickier terrain through small villages and splendid countryside on the way back to Wadebridge.

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Tour highlights

kynance cove, cornwall

Kynance Cove

One of Cornwall’s most picturesque spots in the county boasts golden sand, turquoise blue water, and dramatic cliffs – a must visit.

Look out gallery in the Falmouth maritime museum

National Maritime Museum

Falmouth’s harbourside museum features more than 15 galleries, interactive exhibitions, maps to help the story of Cornwall’s maritime history.

padstow harbour, north cornwall


Famous for its award-winning restaurants, the charming fishing town of Padstow is surrounded by sandy beaches, and features fantastic views of the Camel Estuary.

“The personal customer support made our tour even more enjoyable because we didn’t have to worry about anything. My mum and I had an unforgettable cycling week in Cornwall.”

Heidrun and Kim Meissner - Germany

“We had a wonderful, well organised trip through Cornwall. Through small roads we discovered places one has problems reaching with a car.”

Pius and Regina Weithoff - Germany

“Cornish Cycle Tours did an excellent job coordinating the trip and their responsiveness was immediate, informative and accurate.”

Andrew Bosanyi and Mark Waissner - South Australia