Far Southwest – Cornwall Cycling Tour

On this scenic three centre cycling tour you will discover the ever-changing landscape around the tip of Cornwall (and the British mainland). Starting in Truro or Penzance, you cycle through several famous towns, villages and landmarks including Falmouth, Penzance, Porthleven and Lands End. Visit a succession of long sandy beaches, sheltered coves and picturesque harbours.

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: B&B
  • Start/Finish: Truro
  • Distance: 276km / 172 miles
  • Duration: 8 Days
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This tour is available 6 to 13 nights (see other pages). The itinerary may be reversed with a start in Penzance.

Day 1: Individual journey to Truro
Arrive at you first hotel. Settle in and explore the local area.

Day 2: Circuit from Truro 
The first day is probably your most testing with a mix of long hills around Truro and regular short steep ones on the Roseland Peninsula. The long routes are considerably more hilly but do visit the full range of this areas varied scenery. Whichever you choose you should pace yourself carefully today, allow plenty of time and break up the ride with regular stops at places of interest. Once out of Truro you’re soon onto country lanes and cycle paths. 
Approx distance 19 to 29 miles (31 to 47Km)

Day 3: Truro to Helston 
Not as hard as yesterdays ride but rarely flat. There is another tough climb out of Truro and steep hills in Falmouth, Constantine and Gweek. In between is rolling country with regular steady hills.  Pass the old tin mine at Wheal Jane to Penryn, once the main port in this area, its heritage is displayed in some fine architecture from Tudor to Georgian and in a small museum. Continue down the coast to Falmouth, a busy pleasant town where the atmosphere is flavoured by the salt sea air. Here you can visit several exotic gardens a Maritime Museum and some pleasant beaches. Impressive fortifications of Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle still dominate the headland. Continue past more subtropical gardens to Gweek on the Helford Creek, the home of the National Seal Sanctuary where they rescue injured seal pups from local beaches and also care for other abandoned sea mammals. 
Approx distance 23 to 30.5  miles (37 to 49Km )

Day 4: Circuit from Helston
Explore the west coast through the delightful Church Cove to Mullion from where you can continue all the way down to Lizard, the most southerly point of the British mainland. This also takes you to Kynance Cove where the combination of the rare serpentine rock and the powerful sea has produced amazing beaches with cliffs, caves and islands. Next cross Goonhilly Downs where the underlying serpentine rock gives the area most of it’s special characteristics. The soil it produces is the ideal habitat for the Cornish Heath that is almost unique to this area.  It supports rare wildlife including the hen harrier and short-eared owl and is also the home of a satellite tracking station.  
Approx Distance  24 to 35 miles (38 to 56Km)

Day 5: Helston to Penzance 
Leaving Helston, continue to Porthleven which for many years the local centre for boat building and is still a working fishing port. Then follow the coast west to Praa Sands, this mile long sweep of sand is renowned as one of Cornwall’s finest family beaches and also popular with surfers.  Further on is one of Cornwall's most famous landmarks, St. Michael’s Mount, a little island community that can be reached by causeway at low tide.
Approx Distance 18 miles (29Km)

Day 6: Circuit from Penzance
Newlyn is England’s busiest fishing port.  The scenery inspired the Newlyn School of artists and their legacy can be seen in museums and galleries around the town. Continue through narrow streets past little Mousehole harbour and over to the pretty, sheltered Lamorna Cove, a lovely spot for a swim. Pass the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle that stands amidst a remarkable concentration of ancient Celtic standing stones to Lands End, where the road stops and you can enjoy a variety of entertainments and attractions.  
Approx Distance 18 to 28 miles (29 to 45Km)

Day 7: Penzance to Truro 
Ride to the north coast, where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. Follow the coast road past miles of sand dunes then above rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Atlantic. Explore a woodland cycle trail at the tranquil Tehidy Country Park, on the way to the popular surfing cove at Portreath. This was one of the main mining areas in Cornwall until the early 20th century and you can still visit Cornish Goldsmiths workshops and exhibition and the Tolgus Tin Streaming works nearby. The ride ends along beautiful wooded valleys back into Truro.
Approx Distance 32 miles (51.5Km)
   
Day 8: Depart

Key Details:

  • This tour is available 6 to 13 nights with Eden Project and Isle of Scilly extensions (see other pages).

  • This tour will start and finish in Truro or Penzance
  • The distance of this cycling tour in Cornwall is approximately 276km / 172 miles.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your Cornwall cycling tour, including:

  • Falmouth and Pendennis Castle
  • Land’s End
  • Lizard Lighthouse
  • National Seal Sanctuary
  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Poldark Mine
  • Trengwainton and other Gardens
  • Trevarno Estate
  • Boat Trips along the Coast
  • Surfing Beaches
  • Cornish Bakeries & Cafes
  • Helston Museum

Getting to Cornwall

By Rail/Bus – The nearsest rail stations are Truro or Penzance depending on the start.

By Car – It usually takes less than five hours to get from London to the heart of Cornwall by car. Drive along the M4 motorway from London, or M6 from Manchester, and then the M5 to Exeter and finally either the A30, that is mostly dual carriageway, or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into South East Cornwall. Alternatively if you enter Cornwall from North Devon, there is the scenic Atlantic Highway A39 through Bude which you can join from Junction 27 on the M5. Due to the high volume of traffic on Cornwall's roads during the summer months the main A30 route before Bodmin can become congested especially at weekends. Travelling overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.

 -   To plan your journey use the AA Route Planner for a tailor made travel plan with timings and mileage
 -   For information on possible delays or roadwork's throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit bbc.co.uk/travelnews/cornwall

By Air – You can fly to Cornwall from airports around the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Cornwall Airport Newquay currently has year round daily flights from London Gatwick and Manchester with additional seasonal routes (between March and October) from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield, Edinburgh, London Stansted, and Newcastle (Flybe); Dublin (Aer Lingus); Alicante and Frankfurt-Hahn (Ryanair); and Dusseldorf (Eurowings).

London Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham are also options with a connecting train.

By Ferry   There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall

 -   Stena Line operates daily ferry crossings from Ireland and Holland to Britain. You can travel from Belfast, Larne, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and the Hook of Holland

 -   Irish Ferries also run services from Ireland (and France*) to the UK

 -   P&O Ferries have several services from Ireland, France, Spain, Holland and Belgium to UK destinations

 -   DFDS Seaways operate between Holland and Newcastle and from Denmark to Harwich

AFerry is a price comparison website with access to all ferry services in and out of the UK, including ferries to the Isles of Scilly. See website, http://www.aferry.co.uk/ for prices. timetables and special offers.

For more information on getting to Cornwall please the VisitCornwall website.

Included
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone App with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Cornwall
  • Bike Hire

This tour is available 6 to 13 nights (see other pages). The itinerary may be reversed with a start in Penzance.

Day 1: Individual journey to Truro
Arrive at you first hotel. Settle in and explore the local area.

Day 2: Circuit from Truro 
The first day is probably your most testing with a mix of long hills around Truro and regular short steep ones on the Roseland Peninsula. The long routes are considerably more hilly but do visit the full range of this areas varied scenery. Whichever you choose you should pace yourself carefully today, allow plenty of time and break up the ride with regular stops at places of interest. Once out of Truro you’re soon onto country lanes and cycle paths. 
Approx distance 19 to 29 miles (31 to 47Km)

Day 3: Truro to Helston 
Not as hard as yesterdays ride but rarely flat. There is another tough climb out of Truro and steep hills in Falmouth, Constantine and Gweek. In between is rolling country with regular steady hills.  Pass the old tin mine at Wheal Jane to Penryn, once the main port in this area, its heritage is displayed in some fine architecture from Tudor to Georgian and in a small museum. Continue down the coast to Falmouth, a busy pleasant town where the atmosphere is flavoured by the salt sea air. Here you can visit several exotic gardens a Maritime Museum and some pleasant beaches. Impressive fortifications of Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle still dominate the headland. Continue past more subtropical gardens to Gweek on the Helford Creek, the home of the National Seal Sanctuary where they rescue injured seal pups from local beaches and also care for other abandoned sea mammals. 
Approx distance 23 to 30.5  miles (37 to 49Km )

Day 4: Circuit from Helston
Explore the west coast through the delightful Church Cove to Mullion from where you can continue all the way down to Lizard, the most southerly point of the British mainland. This also takes you to Kynance Cove where the combination of the rare serpentine rock and the powerful sea has produced amazing beaches with cliffs, caves and islands. Next cross Goonhilly Downs where the underlying serpentine rock gives the area most of it’s special characteristics. The soil it produces is the ideal habitat for the Cornish Heath that is almost unique to this area.  It supports rare wildlife including the hen harrier and short-eared owl and is also the home of a satellite tracking station.  
Approx Distance  24 to 35 miles (38 to 56Km)

Day 5: Helston to Penzance 
Leaving Helston, continue to Porthleven which for many years the local centre for boat building and is still a working fishing port. Then follow the coast west to Praa Sands, this mile long sweep of sand is renowned as one of Cornwall’s finest family beaches and also popular with surfers.  Further on is one of Cornwall's most famous landmarks, St. Michael’s Mount, a little island community that can be reached by causeway at low tide.
Approx Distance 18 miles (29Km)

Day 6: Circuit from Penzance
Newlyn is England’s busiest fishing port.  The scenery inspired the Newlyn School of artists and their legacy can be seen in museums and galleries around the town. Continue through narrow streets past little Mousehole harbour and over to the pretty, sheltered Lamorna Cove, a lovely spot for a swim. Pass the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle that stands amidst a remarkable concentration of ancient Celtic standing stones to Lands End, where the road stops and you can enjoy a variety of entertainments and attractions.  
Approx Distance 18 to 28 miles (29 to 45Km)

Day 7: Penzance to Truro 
Ride to the north coast, where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. Follow the coast road past miles of sand dunes then above rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Atlantic. Explore a woodland cycle trail at the tranquil Tehidy Country Park, on the way to the popular surfing cove at Portreath. This was one of the main mining areas in Cornwall until the early 20th century and you can still visit Cornish Goldsmiths workshops and exhibition and the Tolgus Tin Streaming works nearby. The ride ends along beautiful wooded valleys back into Truro.
Approx Distance 32 miles (51.5Km)
   
Day 8: Depart

Key Details:

  • This tour is available 6 to 13 nights with Eden Project and Isle of Scilly extensions (see other pages).

  • This tour will start and finish in Truro or Penzance
  • The distance of this cycling tour in Cornwall is approximately 276km / 172 miles.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your Cornwall cycling tour, including:

  • Falmouth and Pendennis Castle
  • Land’s End
  • Lizard Lighthouse
  • National Seal Sanctuary
  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Poldark Mine
  • Trengwainton and other Gardens
  • Trevarno Estate
  • Boat Trips along the Coast
  • Surfing Beaches
  • Cornish Bakeries & Cafes
  • Helston Museum

Getting to Cornwall

By Rail/Bus – The nearsest rail stations are Truro or Penzance depending on the start.

By Car – It usually takes less than five hours to get from London to the heart of Cornwall by car. Drive along the M4 motorway from London, or M6 from Manchester, and then the M5 to Exeter and finally either the A30, that is mostly dual carriageway, or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into South East Cornwall. Alternatively if you enter Cornwall from North Devon, there is the scenic Atlantic Highway A39 through Bude which you can join from Junction 27 on the M5. Due to the high volume of traffic on Cornwall's roads during the summer months the main A30 route before Bodmin can become congested especially at weekends. Travelling overnight or outside peak rush hours is recommended to avoid long delays.

 -   To plan your journey use the AA Route Planner for a tailor made travel plan with timings and mileage
 -   For information on possible delays or roadwork's throughout the UK or in Cornwall visit bbc.co.uk/travelnews/cornwall

By Air – You can fly to Cornwall from airports around the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Cornwall Airport Newquay currently has year round daily flights from London Gatwick and Manchester with additional seasonal routes (between March and October) from Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield, Edinburgh, London Stansted, and Newcastle (Flybe); Dublin (Aer Lingus); Alicante and Frankfurt-Hahn (Ryanair); and Dusseldorf (Eurowings).

London Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham are also options with a connecting train.

By Ferry   There are many ferry companies that operate daily services to the UK and these terminals are within easy reach of the major motorways leading you down to Cornwall

 -   Stena Line operates daily ferry crossings from Ireland and Holland to Britain. You can travel from Belfast, Larne, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and the Hook of Holland

 -   Irish Ferries also run services from Ireland (and France*) to the UK

 -   P&O Ferries have several services from Ireland, France, Spain, Holland and Belgium to UK destinations

 -   DFDS Seaways operate between Holland and Newcastle and from Denmark to Harwich

AFerry is a price comparison website with access to all ferry services in and out of the UK, including ferries to the Isles of Scilly. See website, http://www.aferry.co.uk/ for prices. timetables and special offers.

For more information on getting to Cornwall please the VisitCornwall website.

Included
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone App with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Cornwall
  • Bike Hire
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