- Touring around Cornwall
Earlier this year me and Mrs Blackflag cycled the Loire Valley and she loved it, so next year we are thinking of doing a route round Cornwall.
Any suggestions as to routes or places to see? have seen a few tour company routes which i could copy if all else fails.
How hilly is it? The Loire is very flat and we did around 30 to 40 miles a day and this felt about right for us, so if its hilly what would you suggest we shorten our daily distance to assuming the same level of effort etc.Posted 3 months agopictonroadSubscriber
did Lejog a few years ago and much to my surprise Cornwall was tedious. Sunken roads give you zero visibility and issues with cars and laden bikes. All the pretty seaside villages are off the main routes and are usually one road in and then a STEEP climb out again.
I really enjoyed Shropshire and then into the Welsh borders. That’s where I’d head.Posted 3 months agoSteelsrealSubscriber
having moved to cornwall a year or so ago there is a lot of terrible riding but also a lot of good riding if you look in the less obvious places. On that five day tour the wadebridge to charlestown is quite nice, charlestown to truro misses some nice bits, i would go Caerhayes, portholland, port loe, portscatho, st anthonys head, ferry over to falmouth then head up to devoran to pick up the mineral tram way over to porthleven.Posted 3 months agopunterMember
The road from St Ives to St Just is about as scenic as Cornwall gets. Open, with views. Dartmoor, although not Cornwall, is fantastic. Very steep around the edges, but the main roads across the moor are all open with no hedges and 40 mph speed limit. +1 for @MingtheMerciless’ suggestion; the coast roads around Hartland Quay/Welcombe/Duckpool are generally pretty decent/scenic.Posted 3 months agotowzerMember
Have a look at Sustrans for traffic free but a lot of road roads are very very hilly……..
We’ve done the below cycle ways so if you wanted to car about and cycle but they’d be out and b@cks but you could overnight as a couple are a bit longer
Camel Trail, as in your hol link, is lovely esp into padstow
See also Tarka trail *n Devon from Braunton etc, some nice costal bits
See drakes trail , Plymouth n to Dartmoor so could probably add a bit
See granite trail okehampton, Ledford I think
See mineral tramways deveron to portreath (can chuck in ferry rides to Truro)Posted 3 months agoMalvern RiderMember
Really?? Is it that bad?
That particular stretch between Boscastle and Morwenstow is particularly challenging (if you stay off the A39, and I do). Joking aside, it’s a splendid and scenic ride if you like climbing. Millook is notably steep. I lived in North Cornwall/N. Devon on the coastfor a number of years and sadly didn’t road-cycle much owing to my fear of the A39 and the other options (if extant) coastal roads, many dead-ends and lots and lots of steep V-shaped valleys. The Dark Side (over East of the A39)I tried a few times and it was ok with many miles of little lanes and more hills yet no nearly so gruelling. Dartmoor and Bodmin are great areas to explorePosted 2 months ago
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