Rosamunde Pilcher's Shellseekers Cycling Holiday

This self-guided cycling holiday based in Cornwall will allow you to explore the locations from the popular Rosamunde Pilcher novel, The Shell Seekers as well as some of the filming locations of the popular German Television adaptation. It will take you to the area where the author grew up as well as the stunning Lamorna Cove. This tiny fishing village also starred in what’s considered Rosamunde Pilcher’s most famous work. You will also have the opportunity to explore various spots as detailed in Rosamunde Pilcher’s classic novels including St Michael's Mount and much more!  

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*)
  • Start/Finish: Bodmin | Truro
  • Distance: Minimum: 18 miles / 29 km per day Maximum: 35 miles / 56 km per day
  • Duration: 7 - 8 nights
  • Availability: This tour is available from January until December.
  • Altitude: Maximum altitude reaches approximately 482 feet.

Arrive in Bodmin. Stay overnight. 

A: Linear Route from Bodmin to St Austell (Full route: 23 miles / 37 km | No Short Route) 

Start your Shell Seeking journey by using the Camel Trail and follow the cycle route from Bodmin to St Austell. During today’s ride you will experience a variety of stunning scenery and interesting locations including Bodmin, Lanhydrock House and the stunning Eden Project. 

Stay overnight in St Austell. Luggage will be transferred.  

B: Linear route from St Austell to Truro (Full route: 26 miles / 41 km | No Short Route) 

Apart from a few steep hills, you will cycle mainly through the beautiful rolling Cornish countryside. Cycle out of St Austell on the Avon cycleway, then onto a quiet road, before descending into the pretty coastal village of Pentewan. Here head off along the cycle track through woods before climbing up to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan where you can explore these amazing gardens and sculptures that are among them. You will then head through Lamorran and Tresillian and finally reach the town of Truro where you will stay the night. 

Stay overnight in Truro. Luggage will be transferred.  

C: Linear route from Truro to Helston (Full route: 30.5 miles / 49 km | Short Route: 23 miles / 37 km)  

There is a short climb out of Truro and a few steep hills to cycle 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.  

Stay overnight in Helston. Luggage will be transferred.  

D: Circular route from Helston (Full route: 35 miles / 56 km | Short Route: 24 miles / 38 km)  

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 its 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.  

Stay overnight in Helston. No luggage transfer required.   

E: Linear route from Helston to Penzance (Full route: 18 miles / 29 km | No Short Route) 

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 and popular filming location in the German TV series The Shell Seekers, St. Michael’s Mount, a little island community that can be reached by causeway at low tide. Today's ride will end in Penzance where another mini-series, Coming Home was also filmed. 

Stay overnight in Penzance. Luggage will be transferred. 

F: Circular route from Penzance (Full Route: 28 miles / 45 km | Short Route: 18 miles / 29 km)  

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. Lamorna Cove is also a recognisable spot in Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers German TV series. Pass the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle that stands amidst a remarkable concentration of ancient Celtic standing stones to Lands End. Lands End is a fantastic destination and it can be seen in the German TV adaptation of the novel. 

Stay overnight in Penzance. No luggage transfer required. 

G: Linear route from Penzance to Truro (Full route: 32 miles / 52 km | No Short Route) 

Ride to the north coast, where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. From here you can take a delightful detour to Lelant, the birthplace of Rosamunde Pilcher herself. You can continue to 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.  

Stay overnight in Truro. Luggage will be transferred

Key Details:

  • The 8 day, 7 night holiday will be routed A B C D E G or A B C E F G
  • The 9 day, 8 night holiday will be routed A B C D E F G 
  • This tour has an 7 or 8 night itinerary
  • This tour will start in Bodmin and finish in Truro
  • The daily distance of this cycling tour in Cornwall is approximately 18m / 29km - 35m / 56km per day

Highlights:

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

  • The birthplace of Rosamunde Pilcher, Mullion
  • Recognisable filming locations from the German TV series ‘The Shell Seekers’
  • Bodmin Train Station (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • Lamorna Cove (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • St Michael’s Mount (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • Land’s End (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)

About Rosamunde Pilcher:

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant in Cornwall in 1924 to a middle class English family. She studied at private school and later went onto complete Secretarial college and even served in the Royal Naval Service at the end of the WWII. 

In the years that followed, Rosamunde began writing and had at least ten novels published under the name of Jane Fraser. Her first novel that was published under her own name was A Secret to Tell in 1955.

The novel that made Rosamunde Pilcher an internationally reowned author was The Shell Seekers. Published in 1987, it is a story set in London and Cornwall about a family and the heart-break that has held them together from WWII to the present.

Many of her novels have been made into TV films and The Shell Seekers was released in 1998. Filming locations included Lands Ends, Lamorna Cove and Marazion and starred Angela Lansbury and Patricia Hodge.

Getting there:

Getting to Cornwall

By Rail: Clients can get to Bodmin by rail services from a variety of London stations to Bodmin Parkway. The average journey time between London and Bodmin Parkway is 4 hours 8 minutes. The fastest journey time is 3 hours 43 minutes. 

By Car: If clients are coming by car you need to inform us as the B&B accommodation we use have very limited parking and it will require pre-booking.  

From the direction of M5 Exeter, Junction 31:  

  • Join A30 and remain in it for approx 81 miles until a roundabout with Wind Farm Take exit to Bodmin/Okehampton. (Signed A30). 

  • Take the A38 slip road to A389/B3268/Bodmin/Liskeard/Lostwithiel 

  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Launceston Rd/A38 

  • Continue following signs to Bodmin 

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

Included
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone App with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Transport to and from Cornwall
  • Meals
  • Bike Hire
  • Visitor Attraction Entrance Fees
  • Insurances

Arrive in Bodmin. Stay overnight. 

A: Linear Route from Bodmin to St Austell (Full route: 23 miles / 37 km | No Short Route) 

Start your Shell Seeking journey by using the Camel Trail and follow the cycle route from Bodmin to St Austell. During today’s ride you will experience a variety of stunning scenery and interesting locations including Bodmin, Lanhydrock House and the stunning Eden Project. 

Stay overnight in St Austell. Luggage will be transferred.  

B: Linear route from St Austell to Truro (Full route: 26 miles / 41 km | No Short Route) 

Apart from a few steep hills, you will cycle mainly through the beautiful rolling Cornish countryside. Cycle out of St Austell on the Avon cycleway, then onto a quiet road, before descending into the pretty coastal village of Pentewan. Here head off along the cycle track through woods before climbing up to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan where you can explore these amazing gardens and sculptures that are among them. You will then head through Lamorran and Tresillian and finally reach the town of Truro where you will stay the night. 

Stay overnight in Truro. Luggage will be transferred.  

C: Linear route from Truro to Helston (Full route: 30.5 miles / 49 km | Short Route: 23 miles / 37 km)  

There is a short climb out of Truro and a few steep hills to cycle 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.  

Stay overnight in Helston. Luggage will be transferred.  

D: Circular route from Helston (Full route: 35 miles / 56 km | Short Route: 24 miles / 38 km)  

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 its 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.  

Stay overnight in Helston. No luggage transfer required.   

E: Linear route from Helston to Penzance (Full route: 18 miles / 29 km | No Short Route) 

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 and popular filming location in the German TV series The Shell Seekers, St. Michael’s Mount, a little island community that can be reached by causeway at low tide. Today's ride will end in Penzance where another mini-series, Coming Home was also filmed. 

Stay overnight in Penzance. Luggage will be transferred. 

F: Circular route from Penzance (Full Route: 28 miles / 45 km | Short Route: 18 miles / 29 km)  

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. Lamorna Cove is also a recognisable spot in Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers German TV series. Pass the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle that stands amidst a remarkable concentration of ancient Celtic standing stones to Lands End. Lands End is a fantastic destination and it can be seen in the German TV adaptation of the novel. 

Stay overnight in Penzance. No luggage transfer required. 

G: Linear route from Penzance to Truro (Full route: 32 miles / 52 km | No Short Route) 

Ride to the north coast, where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. From here you can take a delightful detour to Lelant, the birthplace of Rosamunde Pilcher herself. You can continue to 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.  

Stay overnight in Truro. Luggage will be transferred

Key Details:

  • The 8 day, 7 night holiday will be routed A B C D E G or A B C E F G
  • The 9 day, 8 night holiday will be routed A B C D E F G 
  • This tour has an 7 or 8 night itinerary
  • This tour will start in Bodmin and finish in Truro
  • The daily distance of this cycling tour in Cornwall is approximately 18m / 29km - 35m / 56km per day

Highlights:

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

  • The birthplace of Rosamunde Pilcher, Mullion
  • Recognisable filming locations from the German TV series ‘The Shell Seekers’
  • Bodmin Train Station (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • Lamorna Cove (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • St Michael’s Mount (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)
  • Land’s End (The Shell Seekers Filming Location)

About Rosamunde Pilcher:

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant in Cornwall in 1924 to a middle class English family. She studied at private school and later went onto complete Secretarial college and even served in the Royal Naval Service at the end of the WWII. 

In the years that followed, Rosamunde began writing and had at least ten novels published under the name of Jane Fraser. Her first novel that was published under her own name was A Secret to Tell in 1955.

The novel that made Rosamunde Pilcher an internationally reowned author was The Shell Seekers. Published in 1987, it is a story set in London and Cornwall about a family and the heart-break that has held them together from WWII to the present.

Many of her novels have been made into TV films and The Shell Seekers was released in 1998. Filming locations included Lands Ends, Lamorna Cove and Marazion and starred Angela Lansbury and Patricia Hodge.

Getting there:

Getting to Cornwall

By Rail: Clients can get to Bodmin by rail services from a variety of London stations to Bodmin Parkway. The average journey time between London and Bodmin Parkway is 4 hours 8 minutes. The fastest journey time is 3 hours 43 minutes. 

By Car: If clients are coming by car you need to inform us as the B&B accommodation we use have very limited parking and it will require pre-booking.  

From the direction of M5 Exeter, Junction 31:  

  • Join A30 and remain in it for approx 81 miles until a roundabout with Wind Farm Take exit to Bodmin/Okehampton. (Signed A30). 

  • Take the A38 slip road to A389/B3268/Bodmin/Liskeard/Lostwithiel 

  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Launceston Rd/A38 

  • Continue following signs to Bodmin 

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

Included
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone App with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Transport to and from Cornwall
  • Meals
  • Bike Hire
  • Visitor Attraction Entrance Fees
  • Insurances
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