Cycling Cornwall in South West of England
Single / Double
A three centre self-guided cycling tour of Cornwall in South West of England. Includes: 5 nights bed and breakfast in (en-suite wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, 4 days cycling with hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bike plus accessories. Also includes 2 luggage transfers, train ticket back to the start of the tour, route guide and maps.
This tour uses part of the ‘Cornish Way’, a specially designed trail for cyclists to experience this magical peninsula on a bike. This is the best way to discover the hidden corners of Cornwall’s rugged coastline. Enjoy the spectacular scenery while riding through picturesque towns and villages with their industrial heritage. Starting and finishing in St Austell which is easily reached by train from London. There is an option to visit the Eden Project, plus a breathtaking ride to Lands End and other additional links should you feel like doing extra miles.
START and FINISH: St Austell in the South West of England.
ARRIVAL DAY: At St Austell. Your 1st and 2nd nights’ accommodation will be in St. Austell near the start of the cycle route. There are many places to eat in the town from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (meals not included in the tour price). Overnight St Austell, Cornwall.
DAY ONE: St Austell to the Eden Project. Distance Optional. After breakfast you can spend the day visiting the Eden Project only 6 miles from St Austell. This environmental project includes stunning gardens plus fantastic art and music events making for an unforgettable experience. Undergoing valuable research into plant conservation, this operation runs in the greenest possible way and encourages visitors to arrive on bikes. There are optional rides around the site or a 20 mile loop to the town of Bodmin. Returning to St. Austell with plenty of places to choose from for an evening meal, you stay a second night. (meals not included). Overnight St Austell, Cornwall.
DAY TWO: St. Austell to Truro. Distance approx. 31 miles (50km). Leaving St. Austell you will follow the picturesque Cornish coastline on a route know as the ‘Coast and Clay Trail’. The route passes through quaint fishing villages with plenty of opportunities to explore the many inlets and coves. This rugged coast was once infamous for smugglers bringing in illegal contraband. Just before reaching your destination for today there is a short ferry crossing over a river estuary. The cathedral city of Truro also has a museum and variety of places to eat from traditional pubs to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight Truro, Cornwall.
DAY THREE: Truro to Penzance. Distance approx. 32 miles (52km). Heading inland today the route joins a section called ‘The Engine House Trail’. Cornwall’s main industry in years gone by was mining for minerals such as tin, lead and clay. This section uses some of the old railway and tram lines between Redruth and Camborne before passing through Hayle. Crossing the peninsula from coast to coast, this is the shortest c2c route in England. You will stay 2 nights in Penzance with many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to traditional pubs and restaurants (not included). Overnight Penzance, Cornwall.
DAY FOUR: Penzance to Lands End. Distance approx. 28 miles (45km). Today the ride is part of the ‘First and Last Trail’ named in homage to the Lands End to John O’Groats, the UK’s longest cycle route. There are fantastic views as you approach the most westerly point in England. With many heritage sites to visit this is an unforgettable bike ride. Returning to Penzance for a second night, you could visit the Trinity House National Lighthouse Museum. With a good variety of places to eat in the town you can choose from traditional pubs, Cafés and restaurants (not included). Overnight Penzance, Cornwall.
FINAL DAY: Return to St. Austell. Today you catch the train with your bike back to St. Austell to return the bike and continue your journey.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to St AUSTELL (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is in St. Austell served by frequent trains from London Paddington.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C cycling: Between 12 - 32 miles (19 - 51kms) a day. The route is principally a flat ride with some short hill climbs. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle equipment helmets, clothing and shoes. If you have clip-on shoes we suggest that you bring your pedals too. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.