Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Cycling the Camel Trail, Cornish Way & the West Country Way
  • Sample Rick Stein's fish and chips of Padstow
  • Explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan and visit the Eden Project
  • Relax, beachside with an afternoon Cornish cream tea
  • End the day at a cosy harbourside pubs and a local ale

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.

DAY 1: Arrive Bodmin

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).


Overnight: Bodmin


DAY 2: Cycle to Mevagissey

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


Overnight: Mevagissey


DAY 3: Cycle to Truro

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


Overnight: Truro


DAY 4: Cycle to Newquay

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


Overnight: Newquay


DAY 5: Cycle to Padstow

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


Overnight:  Padstow


DAY 6: Cycle to Bodmin

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.


Overnight: Bodmin


DAY 7: Onward Travel


Depending on your onward travel arrangements you may wish to explore Bodmin town before departure.




 

Accommodation

During this trip you will stay in small, family run hotels, B&B's and guesthouses. We regularly use the following properties but we
will accommodate you in an overnight stay of equal standard should any of the
following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation
is based on a standard room.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you're travelling with friends or family but
prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a
supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.


Meals

6 breakfasts are included. Breakfasts usually consists of fruits, yogurts, cereals, toast and a traditional cooked English breakfast which includes bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomato. If you have special dietary
requirements do let us know at the time of booking. Lunches and dinners
are not included but you will find some suggestions in your route notes of
local places to dine and your hosts are always happy to let you know the best places to experience the local cuisine.


Cornish signature dishes include fish and chips (best sampled from Rick Stein's in Padstow), local Cornish crab and scallop dishes, cream teas and Cornish pasties (meat, potatoes and vegetables wrapped in a shortcrust pastry). Local apples also produce delish, crisp cider. Very refreshing after a day of cycling!




 

 

 



Westberry Hotel



Westberry Hotel

The Westberry is a highly rated hotel and boasts an intimate restaurant with panoramic views over the town. All of the 21 bedrooms are en-suite, with Sky TV, radio, Ironing facilities, phone, wifi and tea/coffee making facilities.



 

 

 



Honeycombe House

As you approach the town of Mevagissey the path enters a park, ignore this and stay on the road, the B&B is a large cream coloured building a few yards further on, on the left overlooking the park and harbour.



 

 

 



Mannings Hotel

Mannings is a grade two listed historic building in the very heart of Truro. The rooms have a personality of their own, some have baths, some have walk in rain showers etc. however all rooms have flat screen TV, hairdryers, Wi-Fi, hospitality tray, iron & ironing board and complimentary toiletries.



 

 

 



St Benards



St Benards

St.Bernards is a family run guest house and has eight bright modern bedrooms all of which are en-suite, with a generous amount of facilities to make your stay comfortable.



 

 

 



The Golden Lion

This inn dates back to the 14th century and is the oldest inn in Padstow. They also offer a selection of home cooked food.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from April to October. We suggest that you contact us as soon as
possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of June to September.


Grade, Terrain & Navigation

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The route follows a combination of
cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling coastal terrain and busier
urban roads when approaching and departing towns and cities like Newquay. Do always be
mindful of other roads users at all times, especially on routes shared with
traffic. Our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow
during your self-guided adventure. We also recommend using our Macs Adventure
App. This easy to use app will navigate you through each of your daily rides.


Should you require assistance, local 24/7
telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.


Rental Bikes

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 Hybrid rental bike


Travel Insurance

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.


General Information

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. 

Getting to and from Bodmin

Bodmin does not have an airport but is easily accessible from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, which is only 3 miles away. There are direct trains links with London Paddington (4hrs 30 mins) and Bristol Temple Meads (3hrs 30mins). 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 From Paddington, you can also combine a the London Underground with overland train services for travel to London Gatwick Airport (south London), London Stanstead (north east of London) and London Luton (north west of London).


Bristol Temple Meads train station connects to Bristol Airport via a direct shuttle bus.


If you are arriving into Bodmin by train, taxis on arrival are available outside the train station. Alternatively we can arrange the short taxi transfer for you.


Driving


If you would prefer to travel by car, parking for the duration of your trip is available at central Bodmin locations (unfortuanlety we cannot offer long-stay parking at our Bodmin accommodation). Further details, locations and costs can be accessed at Bodmin Car Parks.

Included

  • 6 Nights B&B's or guest houses
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • Baggage Transfer
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and bike hire support

Excluded

  • Travel to / from Bodmin
  • Short ferry ride over the River Tal
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Bike Rental
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Extra night(s)
  • Single room supplement
  • Solo cyclist supplement (if applicable)
  • Bike rental

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially in the summer months. You can start this holiday on any day of the week. 

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 13-21 miles so is well suited to cyclists that like a relaxed exploration by bike.You may like to consider hiring an Ebike for a power assisted ride. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. Each route heads through the villages and towns of Cornwall so there are plenty opportunities to sample local foods and, relax on the beach and explore the rich history of this region

How do baggage transfers work?

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

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.

When is the best time of year?

May to June offer warm days and flora is full bloom. Into July and August Cornwall is thriving with life. Days are long, warm and perfect for enjoying a late dip at the beach or a long dinner at a harbourside pub. April and September, evenings might be a little fresher and the crowds have thinned somewhat for you to enjoy the contrast of Cornwall’s countryside and coast.

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. Please talk to your accommodation providers or call us should you need any assistance during your trip.

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