Following coastal lanes and cycle trails, The Cornish Tour shows the county at its best. Calling in at the Eden Project, you’ll weave through picturesque villages on the south coast before rounding the rugged and spectacular peninsula at Land’s End. The final leg concludes with an exhilarating ride along the surfing beaches of the north coast.
Cycle hire: Add £75 per person.
177 miles (285km)
35 miles (57km)
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 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 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 perhaps a stop at The Crown Inn 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 will see some spectacular tall ships docked. The last stop of the day is Mevagissey, a small working fishing village with narrow streets brimming with gift shops, cafés, galleries and pubs.
Boscombe Bed and 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, and is only just a few minutes stroll from the traditional working harbour, shops and restaurants. The B&B features three en-suite guest bedrooms set in a warm, contemporary atmosphere.
Cycling out of Mevagissey through quiet country lanes, past beautiful beaches and the impressive Caerhays Castle, the route takes you deeper into the beautiful Roseland Peninsula towards St Mawes. Here you pass St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, before coasting down the hill to the beautiful scenic village of St Mawes, where you’ll catch the ferry to Falmouth. Falmouth is home to the world’s third largest natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum.
After lunch you pass Trebah Gardens and the beaches of Swanpool and Maenporth, as you ride towards Helston, home of the Flora Dance festival. You will then cycle across The Lizard Peninsula towards the beautiful village of 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.
From Porthleven the tour follows coastal lanes to the seaside village of Marazion, which affords breathtaking views over St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay towards Penzance, which is the lunch stop for today.
The afternoon starts gently with a ride along the coast through the fishing villages of Newlyn and Mousehole, as you head out towards Land’s End. On the way you pass the Minack Theatre, a unique auditorium and stage carved into the cliff above Porthcurno.
From Land’s End, England’s most westerly point, it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day. The day’s ride ends at one of the most ancient mining districts in Cornwall, 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.
Cornwall’s mining heritage is clearly present around St Just. Riding north along the coast through Botallack, the spectacular cliff scenery is studded with mine engine houses and chimney stacks on the cliff edges. There is even a dedicated tin mining museum at Geevor.
St Ives, with its cobbled streets and magnificent scenery, has long attracted artists for the quality of the light. Art lovers can visit The Tate gallery, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, and the Barbara Hepworth museum which is in the artist’s former home.
After a stop for lunch in Hayle, known for its three miles of golden sands, you will cycle towards St Agnes with its beautiful scenic coastline, fantastic beaches and arts and craft shops.
Known by locals as ‘The Aggie Hotel’ there are six en-suite double guest rooms, including a large family room, all featuring a television and tea and coffee making facilities, and most of the rooms have views of the St Agnes church and village high street. Full English or continental breakfasts are served in the dining room between 8am and 11.30am using fresh local produce.
Leaving St Agnes you cycle through the Blue Hills – a valley of gorse and heather where you will see a selection of old mines – to Perranporth. The family resort is home to a three mile long beach and the Perranzabuloe folk museum. You’ll follow coastal lanes to the charming village of Crantock before arriving in Newquay, famous for its surfing beaches and vibrant night life.
After lunch the tour continues along the coast, passing Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and the stunning rock stacks at Bedruthan Steps, then on 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. 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.
Because all our tours are created around your preferred start dates and party size, we have a two stage booking process.