Following the same route as the 4 Day Road Tour and 6 Day Road Tour, this tour is perfect for building stamina and fitness. Covering an average of 27.4 miles a day (44.1km) there is plenty of opportunity to pause along the route.
Cycle hire: Add £140 per person.
192 miles (309 km)
27.4 miles (44.1 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 on local lanes. If you are hiring a cycle for the tour, we will get you set up and make all the necessary adjustments, such as fitting pedals, in the afternoon of your arrival, to ensure you are ready to go in the morning.
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.
There is no tougher way to start your trip than the 28% incline at Hustyn Hill, one of the steepest inclines in the country. (Please note in wet conditions this hill is uncycleable – an alternative route is suggested in your briefing.) Once conquered, you travel south to Bodmin before criss-crossing the A30 on relatively flat terrain. The easy road through Ladock really allows you to put your foot down into the capital of Cornwall, 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.
Leaving Truro, the morning’s route allows you to take a breather as you spend time crossing the Fal River not once, but twice. After enjoying the bustling maritime town of Falmouth you’ll appreciate the restful morning as traversing the Lizard Peninsula is no easy task.
Ending the day, the village of Gweek is located at the foot of the Helford river, a perfect position for an evening’s rest.
Located next to the popular National Seal Sanctuary in the picturesque village of Gweek near Helston, The Black Swan offers a wide selection of Cornish real ales including Sharps Doom Bar and Skinner’s Betty Stoggs, alongside a couple of guest ales. The restaurant area has been decorated to give a warm and welcoming atmosphere and they offer a home cooked menu from the blackboards, with a great roast on Sundays.
On paper, Gweek to Porthleven is a short ride, however our route takes you south towards Lizard Point and then across tough terrain to Mullion Cove. You then head north towards Helston from which it is a short and comfortable ride into the fishing village of Porthleven.
Staying in The Harbour Inn, you have access to the beautiful sea views, cafés and one of Cornwall’s best surfing breaks.
The Harbour Inn is a lively pub situated on the harbour in the small Cornish village of Porthleven. The Harbour Inn has 14 rooms, 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.
Your fourth day of cycling takes you around the west coast of Cornwall, ending in Penzance. The 30 mile (48km) route takes you along coastal lanes to the seaside village of Marazion and its breathtaking views over St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay.
After Marazion, there is an easy, level ride around Mount’s Bay to Penzance and neighbouring Newlyn. Both towns have large harbours and provide good opportunities to break for rest and recuperation.
Continuing around the coast you pass the hamlets of Mousehole, Lamorna and Porthcurno before visiting England’s most westerly point, and mecca for all cyclists, Land’s End.
You will finish the day in Cornwall’s ancient mining district, 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 littering the coastline and in close proximity to the popular beaches at Sennen Cove Beach and Porthcurno. All 11 bedrooms are en-suite, with televisions, hair dryers, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Now into the second half of the Road Tour, day five takes in the north coast of Cornwall in the 28-mile (45km) journey between St Just and Portreath.
Emerging from St. Just, the route then takes you through National Trust land at Rosemergy, Porthmeor and Gurnard’s Head to the village of Zennor, where the nearby Logan Stone is worth a detour. St. Ives is halfway to Portreath and a perfect position to stop for lunch.
From St Ives to Hayle the route follows the hilly coastal road with wonderful views over St Ives Bay up to the lighthouse at Godrevy Head. Then from Gwithian into the coastal village of Portreath, a tough leg to complete after five days of riding.
The Portreath Arms Hotel is a small, traditional, family run hotel located in The Square at the centre of historic Portreath. The hotel has a bustling public bar and lounge – a traditional meeting place for locals. The hotel has seven en-suite rooms that they offer on a bed and breakfast basis. The Portreath Arms Hotel serves an excellent choice of home cooked food, freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, with local fish and crab a speciality.
Continuing along the north coast, you work your way through some of Cornwall’s best beaches as you pass Porthtowan, Perranporth, and the sandy dunes of Holywell Bay before continuing on the coast road into 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.
You follow the contours of the north coast through Porth, St Eval and St Merryn before a tough ride to Padstow, well 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 towards St Columb Major and then on to trickier terrain through small villages and splendid countryside on the way back to Wadebridge.
Because all our tours are created around your preferred start dates and party size, we have a two stage booking process.