FIVE CORNISH CYCLE ROUTES
With its rolling countryside, miles of open road and spectacular coastal views, Cornwall is a haven for both the novice and serious cyclist alike. Now we’ve entered British Summer Time, the longer evenings are perfect for getting out and about on two wheels. Whether you’re training for a triathlon, looking for a leisurely day out or a hardcore challenge, the county has so much variety that you’ll find the perfect route.
When it comes to cycling in Cornwall, Lanyon Rowe knows his stuff. In 2007, he combined his passion for the county with his passion for cycling to create Cornish Cycle Tours, a series of self-guided tours varying in distance and difficulty.
We caught up with Lan and asked him to share with us his top five cycling routes across Cornwall:
ST JUST TO ST IVES VIA ZENNOR
Distance: 14 miles | Difficulty rating: 5/5
The B road from St Just to St Ives combines stunning cliff top views with a moorland landscape and disused mine shafts to make one of my favourite rides. With a few challenging hills, it is one for a fairly experienced cyclist who likes to cover a vast distance.
HELSTON TO PORTHLEVEN VIA LOE BAR
Distance: 5 miles | Difficulty rating: 2/5
This is a relatively flat route and a nice, leisurely ride. The track is all off road and goes through National Trust property Penrose with a mixture of lakes, forests and a clifftop path overlooking Loe Bar beach before ending up in the pretty fishing village of Porthleven.
MARAZION TO MOUSEHOLE VIA PENZANCE
Distance: 6 miles | Difficulty rating: 1/5
This route is almost completely flat, and most of it is an off road trail. It includes cycling on the beach with picturesque views of St Michael’s Mount. Cyclists will pass through the town of Penzance and the fishing village of Newlyn which are both great pit stops for a spot of lunch.
PADSTOW TO BODMIN TO WENFORD BRIDGE
Distance: 18 miles | Difficulty rating: 3/5
The camel trail is at its best outside of the summer months when it isn’t too busy. The disused railway line has it all: beautiful estuary views, wooded areas, rivers and an abundance of wildlife to look out for. It’s a very easy and peaceful ride out of season.
INNIS DOWNS ROUNDABOUT TO VICTORIA ON THE OLD A30 AND BACK
Distance: 10 miles | Difficulty rating: 4/5
This isn’t as scenic as some of the other routes, but if speed’s the name of the game then this is ideal. It’s a long, straight and relatively flat road on a smooth surface where you can work up to some big speeds. An ideal route for those training for 10 mile time trials. As this is the old main road it is relatively quiet for a big road.
For more information about Cornish Cycle Tours visit www.cornishcycletours.co.uk or call 01637 880710.