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Cycle the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall, defined by its sparkling blue seas, rugged coastline, wooded valleys and industrial heritage. Ride from ancient Iron Age Villages to the cosmopolitan harbour town of Padstow which boasts the Rick Stein’s mouth wateringly good fish and chips.
From Bodmin pedal the Cornish Way through the tranquil Luxulyan Valley woods and make a side trip to the world’s largest bio domes of The Eden Project. Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and ride to the traditional fishing village of Mevagissey. Head to Cornwall’s surfing capital Newquay and enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea on the banks of the Camel River. No matter where you end your day, a characterful smugglers pub is always nearby for a locally brewed pint.
Centrally located in the heart of Cornwall and equidistant from both the north and south coasts Bodmin is also situated on the western fringes of the rugged and wild Bodmin Moor. Only three miles away from the mainline railway station, (with direct services London), Bodmin is also easily reached by car (approx 4.5hrs drive).
Today’s cycle follows the Cornish Way and provides an intriguing glimpse into the bygone industries of china clay and mining. Along the way there is also the opportunity to visit the rainforest biodomes of the Eden Project or the magnificent 1000 acres of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. On arrival into the Megavissey, the narrow alleyways, are brimming with charming tea shops, cafes and local inn's.
Cycle: 21 miles
This morning you will once again be cycling along the Cornish Way. As you leave Mevagissey pedal through the picturesque Roseland peninsula before crossing the River Fal on a small ferry (payable locally). Late on in today’s cycle you pass the National Trust’s Tressilick Gardens located on the estuary of the River Fal. It has a superb and significant collection of exotic plants and is one of the most popular and famous gardens in all of England.
Cycle: 23 miles
After breakfast head north to Newquay, the Cornish Capital of surfing! En route pass by tiny thatched-roofed houses, old tin and silver mining towns and through East Newlyn which was once one of these thriving mining villages. You'll will also pass Terice, an Elizabethan manor house and a great stop for a Cornish cream. With only a short ride today there is plenty of time, to explore the coastal town and beach of Newquay.
Cycle: 15 miles
Your route today follows country lanes to St Columb Major, before heading north towards the coast. You can stop for lunch in Constantine Bay with views over the blue waters of Trevose Head. Alternatively, take a shorter route to charming town of Padstow renouned for Rick Stein's acclaimed fish and chip and gourmet restaurants (The Seafood Restaurant, St Pedroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Café or Steins Fish & Chips). Sea food heaven!
Cycle: 21 miles
Your route today follows the Camel Cycle, a cycle route that initially takes you alongside the Camel Estuary, abundant with wildlife. This official national trail was built on a disused railway track, originally the Atlantic Express Rail Route from London to the West Country. Upon reaching Wadebridge the trail then goes through the woodland countryside of the Camel Valley and into Bodmin, where you will spend your final night.
Depeding on your onward travel arrangements you may more time to explore Bodmin town.
On your 7 day, 6 night Cornwall self-guided cycling tour you will stay in very comfortable B&B’s and guest houses. Here are some more examples (all subject to availability):
Bodmin: Westberry Hotel
Mevagissey: Honeycombe House
Truro: Coronation Guest House
Newquay: Griffin Inn
Padstow: Strand House B&B
During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the main daily description, although we have written down some possible alternatives. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo cyclists are also welcome for an additional charge.
6 Breakfasts are included. You can either eat dinner in local restaurants or at your accommodations, some of which have a restaurant. For lunches you can ask the hotels to make you a packed lunch or you can buy sandwiches or local cheeses, meats and breads in local shops or markets.
This trip is available to start on any day from April to October
and is subject to availability. Peak months in Cornwall are
June, July and August so we would suggest contacting us as soon as your
plans are finalised.
Cycling in this region follows well surfaced roads through villages,
towns and farmland. The roads are well signposted and are generally
cycle friendly but please always be mindful of other road users at all times. Our
tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps, make for easy
navigation during your trip.
Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg
21 speed Ridgeback Lightweight bikes are available to hire. The bike will be delivered and picked up from your accommodation in Bodmin. You may also prefer to upgrade your rental bike to a Specialist Ridgeback Voyage Touring bike (with drop handle bars). All rentals include a helmet (though we always recommend using your own for safety and hygiene reasons), rear rack with pannier, pump, puncture/tool kit, spare inner tube and a lock.
Please note that if you do want to rent a bike please provide us with your height to ensure we reserve the correct size bike for you.
Ridgeback Lightweight Bike
Ridgeback Voyage Touring Bike
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as good boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Bodmin is accessible from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, which is only 3 miles away. There are direct trains links with London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads. More information on train times and schedules can be found on the National Rail website.
London Paddington provides a direction train connection to London Heathrow Airport whilst Bristol Temple Meads connects to Bristol Airport with a direct shuttle bus.
The 555 Western Greyhound bus from and to Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin leaves approximately every hour.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Cornwall is an extremely popular destination. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.
This tour is suitable for people that are in good physical condition and for those that are used to riding on trails with some elevation gains and losses. It is rated easy to moderate but at times there are steep inclines, but they are only short. However, the daily distances are not very far and the longest daily rides takes just 5 hours, with all the others taking anything between 2 and 5 hours.
Therefore you can really take your time with your daily cycling, or stop off en route to see the varying sights. You will be cycling on quiet back roads and country lanes, however, at times, in order to connect the various routes, you may have to cycle along a main road. At times you will also be cycling along unpaved routes.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg.
You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and some warmer cycling clothes, a full detailed kit list will be included in your info pack.
We offer this trip between the beginning of April and the end of October. In our opinion there is no bad time for cycling in Cornwall but would especially recommend the spring and autumn for the colours and it will be less busy during these months.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.