Start your journey in St Just, England’s most westerly town! St Just and its surroundings have been awarded World Heritage Status, so there is plenty to see and do including the wonderful Cape Cornwall just a short cycle ride from the town.
There's also some great places to eat and drink, or just pick up supplies for a picnic along the way.
If you’re hiring a bicycle for the tour, it is here that your kit will be set up to get you ready to start your cycle adventure in the morning.
Leaving St Just, this day of the tour follows the B3306 as it snakes through former mining communities along the Tin Coast. Soak up the area’s rich heritage here with engine houses and ruined mine workings still standing at Botallack and Levant before visiting the Geevor Mine Museum at Pendeen.
The route then continues along the coast passing Morvah onto the Gunard’s Head Inn, hard to miss with its bright yellow paintwork. It's always best to book ahead if you want to have lunch here. Next is the village of Zennor, where the church is worth popping into to with its story of the local mermaid. Then its onto St Ives which is well known for its beaches and artists, as well as being a popular family destination.
From St Ives to Hayle the route follows the coastal road with wonderful views over St Ives Bay and up to the lighthouse at Godrevy Head. From the estuary at Hayle (a renowned habitat for wading birds), you’ll cycle from the north to the south coast of Cornwall at the county’s narrowest point.
St Michael’s Mount makes an ideal spot to rest for lunch, and from there it’s an easy, level ride around Mount’s Bay to Penzance and neighbouring Newlyn. Both towns have large harbours and big fishing fleets so there is always plenty going on there. The final stop of the day is the charming fishing village of Mousehole.
Take things nice and slow as you head uphill out of Mousehole in the morning on the Cornish Way cycle route. Make time to take in some more of Cornwall’s stunning scenery and historical sites such as The Merry Maidens stone circle before heading into St Buryan.
Pick up supplies here, there’s a rather nice farmshop, and cycle north crossing the A30 at Crows-an-Wra (the witches cross) and climbing up towards Chapel Carn Brea. It’s worth getting off the bike here and walking up to the summit, the views are fantastic. From here head down towards Land’s End airport and follow the main road back towards St Just and journeys end.
Cornwall offers the cyclist a great variety of cycling from quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours, to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside. From the genteel Camel Trail and Coast to Coast Trail, which are ideal for those with young children, to the challenging North Cornwall coastal road which provides some of the steepest gradients in the county. The Camel Trail is a top cycle route for its beauty and accessibility to cyclists of all ages.
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