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Cornish Cycle Tour - 9 days cycling
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Cornish Cycle Tour - 9 days cycling

Cornish Cycle Tour - 9 days cycling

Historic castles, gastronomical delights & beaches

  • Stunning & sunny Cornish coastline of beaches, coves and cliffs
  • St. Ives, a town of art, Cornish ice creams and fish ‘n’ chips
  • Famous surfing beaches and the windswept grassy cliffs around Godrevy Point
  • Explore fishing villages such as St. Ives and St. Mawes
  • Romantic landscapes scattered with the remains of tin mines
  • Embrace great opportunities for ocean swimming
  • Fuel your bike ride with the countless culinary treats that you’ll discover along the way
  • Stand on the most westerly and the most southerly points of mainland England
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Start & Finish: Padstow

Day 1: Arrive in Padstow
Day 2: Padstow to Perranporth (40.5 km / 25.1 miles)
Day 3: Perranporth to St. Ives (41 km / 25.4 miles)
Day 4: St. Ives to Penzance (appr. 53 km / 33 miles)
Day 5: Penzance to Porthleven (20 km / 12 miles)
Day 6: Porthleven to Falmouth (55.3 km / 34.3 miles)
Day 7: Falmouth to Charlestown (42 km / 26 miles)
Day 8: Charlestown to Padstow (44 km / 27 miles)
Day 9: Arrangements end after breakfast

Day 1:    Arrive in Padstow

Make your own way to Padstow. The church of St. Petroc is one of a group of three said to have been founded by the saint. The old harbour usually has a nice ensemble of boats including the old pilot vessels. You can find nice pub fayre and a Rick Stein café/restaurant, not forgetting Rick's Fish & Chip shop and ‘National Lobster hatchery.’ 

Day 2:    Padstow to Perranporth (40.5 km / 25.1 miles)

If you are hiring bikes, the bike hire shop opens from 9.00 am, so after breakfast, make your way there to collect and check out your steed before pedalling off southwards on roads close to the Cornish coast. From Padstow, cycle along the coast past Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. Passing by the surfing beaches and town of Newquay and follow coastal lanes before arriving at Perranporth.

The ride between Padstow and Newquay can be very busy in summer, and instead you can choose an inland route which goes through St Columb Major. Adding 12 km/7.5 miles to the day’s total, but it is faster and flatter.

Day 3:    Perranporth to St. Ives (41 km / 25.4 miles)

The bike ride today passes many old tin mine workings riding to the village of St. Agnes. There are then a couple of steep descents and ascents into the bays at Porthtreath and Porthtowan, before rolling along the coast road. Skirting the Hayle Estuary, which is noted for its seabirds and waders, you then roll past beautiful Carbis Bay to reach the town of St. Ives

Protected from Atlantic storms, St. Ives was once the most important fishing port in Cornwall, but like elsewhere on the surrounding coast, by the beginning of the 20th century, the fish stocks became depleted and the fishing fleet largely disappeared. However as early as 1811 Turner visited to paint the seascapes and by the late 1880s there were several artists installed and the town became famous for its vibrant artists’ colony. 

Day 4:    St. Ives to Penzance (appr. 53 km / 33 miles)

Cycling steeply out of St. Ives, the roads take you along a classic Cornish scenery of small farms with ancient drystone walls, mine engine houses and chimneys. You could stop for a coffee in the attractive village of Zennor, famous for its mermaid legend. Have an ice cream at ‘The First and The Last ‘ store. This is England’s most westerly point, it is possible to see the Isles of Scilly on a clear day.

Then you’ll head east, passing some ancient remains, and cycling through the semi tropical valley at Lamorna. The route runs down the coast of Cornwall to Mousehole (pron’Mowzl’), another picture postcard village. It has a history of pilchard fishing and now has a small artists community. You then pedal through Newlyn and into Penzance. 

Before Treen you can take a little detour to Porthcurno which is home to the Minack Theatre. It is dramatically situated and built by Rowena Cade - a unique place where the auditorium and stage are carved into the cliff above the sea, and above a wonderful bay.

Day 5:    Penzance to Porthleven (20 km / 12 miles)

A short day of cycling, allowing you the opportunity to explore Penzance or spend some time relaxing on the beach. From Penzance there is a flattish but dramatic ride. Then the road goes inland before you reach Porthleven. This is another charming fishing village, whose harbour is closed by wooden baulks during storms with good restaurants and a couple of nice pubs. You can enjoy fine seafood at the inn or venture along the quay to a seafood restaurant that is famous all over Britain (reservations recommended!).

Day 6:    Porthleven to Falmouth (55.3 km / 34.3 miles)

Pedal out inland to cross Lizard Point avoiding the steepest coastal hills. You pass the heath of Goonhilly Down to St. Keverne to view its pleasant village square and remarkable churchyard and continue cycling to Helford and round the pretty villages that surround the Helford River. Here you need to take a ferry and, on the other side you could drop into the famous Trebah Gardens, before continuing through to the pretty cove at Swanpool for a coffee or an icecream. Finally, you roll into Falmouth, home to the world’s third largest natural harbour and the National Maritime Museum.

Day 7:    Falmouth to Charlestown (42 km / 26 miles)

You start today's cycling with a ferry ride from Falmouth to St. Mawes. It is a remote pleasant little yachting harbour at the end of the Roseland Peninsula, which boasts a clover leaf castle. Today is hilly as you visit various attractive coves on the route, you are cycling across the pretty Roseland Peninsula passing through Veryan (with its round houses) Portloe and Portholland. Then cycle along country lanes with some steep hills to the old fishing and smuggling village of Mevagissey.

The hilly route continues to your overnight stop in Charlestown. This attractive old port was used as a location for filming Poldark and Jane Austin’s Persuasion. Today or tomorrow you could visit the Eden Project, famous in Cornwall it is a biosphere reserve with tropical gardens.

Day 8:    Charlestown to Padstow (44 km / 27 miles)

Heading towards the Eden Project, in the old China Clay pits, you avoid the busiest roads, to ascend the quiet lane through Tregrehan Mills to join a rough track that goes to the project. At a junction, if you want you can do an excursion off along the Clay Trails - a landscape well known for its clay tips and pits created by the 250-year-old clay mining industry. Then onto Bodmin, which has an 18th century gaol where you could break for lunch. Leaving Bodmin, your Cornish Cycle tour ends with a gentle cycle along the Camel Trail. Follow the river towards Padstow and you have now completed this exciting loop of Cornwall.

Day 9:    Arrangements end after breakfast

Depart Padstow after breakfast.


The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this cycling trip in Cornwall are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2-4 stars), and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their knowledge of Cornwall is invaluable. Where possible, we choose locations that add to your experience.

The Pickwick Inn (Padstow)
The Pickwick Inn (Padstow)

A connection to Charles Dickens, set in seven acres of beautiful Cornish countryside, overlooking the Camel Estuary, 9 luxury rooms with floor to ceiling glass doors opening out onto a private balcony: the award-winning Pickwick Inn is one of Cornwall's hidden gems. 


St George’s Country House Hotel (Perranporth)
St George’s Country House Hotel (Perranporth)

St George’s Country House Hotel is a 180-year-old former mine captain’s home with walled gardens and panoramic views.


Coombe Farmhouse (St Ives)
Coombe Farmhouse (St Ives)

Coombe Farmhouse sits in a secluded valley with sweeping views across the beautiful, unspoilt local farmland.

The Longboat Inn (Penzance)
The Longboat Inn (Penzance)

This traditional, family-run inn is conveniently located close to Penzance’s atmospheric harbour and promenade.


Harbour Inn (Porthleven)
Harbour Inn (Porthleven)

Harbour Inn is a simple yet stylish pub (part of St Austell Brewery) situated in the heart of this quaint fishing village.


Chain Locker (Falmouth)
Chain Locker (Falmouth)

Another member of the St Austell Brewery, this is a modern and funky abode set right on Falmouth’s harbourside.


The Rashleigh Arms (Charlestown)
The Rashleigh Arms (Charlestown)

You’ll be resting your head at The Rashleigh Arms, expect stylish and characterful furnishings and a warm welcome.



This program can be booked any day between March 1st and October 20th, subject to availability

The nearest international aiports to fly to are Cornwall Airport Newquay, Bristol, Cardiff - and for longhaul flights London  


Getting to/from Padstow

Cornwall Airport Newquay is relatively close to Padstow and it is a 1-hr bus service or 30min taxi ride between both places.

Nearest train station is: Bodmin Parkway - from/to there bus 11 to Padstow


  • Touring Bike
  • LDay Bike
  • E-Bike
  • Genesis Roadbike

The bikes have:

  • Lightweight Alloy frame set.
  • 24 Shimano Gears
  • Mud guards
  • Rear carrier and luggage strap
  • Road cruiser tyres
  • Sports Trekking Saddle
  • Alloy kick stand

The bikes are either generally Dawes or Merida. 

Phone holder / map holder would be optional extras

Contact us about the option to hire an e-bike on this trip

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 8 nights' accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between accommodations, not exceeding 20kg. Please note: all luggage moves over October dates will incur a Winter Transfer Supplement
  • Detailed route descriptions (digital and printed at 1st accommodation)
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the ​trip


  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • (Electric) Bike rental

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