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Dramatic cliffs, fishing villages & pasties – Cycling the Cornish Way

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Dramatic cliffs, fishing villages & pasties – Cycling the Cornish Way

Bike Touring Collection by Amy



3-6 h

/ day

160 mi

10,150 ft

9,950 ft

Cornwall has enchanted visitors with its rugged shoreline, quaint fishing villages, and emerald wooded valleys for centuries. In this Collection, we introduce you to the Cornish Way which is guaranteed to make you fall in love with this beautiful seaside county.

You will discover the Cornish Way in seven stages from Bude to Land’s End. Ranging in length from 17 miles (28 km) to 34 miles (53 km), the routes are suitable for most levels of riders. But, bear in mind that the rolling Cornish hills that make up the much-loved coastal landscape are gruelling and every stage includes enough elevation gain to make your muscles scream. You will climb over 10,000 feet (3000 meters) in total.

Culinary delights such as fresh fish, ice creams, St Austell pints, and an abundance of Cornish pasties will keep you energized during your adventure. You can even visit Cornwall’s very own vineyard on the sun-soaked sides of the Camel Valley. Each stage ends in a town or village with accommodation options to ensure you are not only well-fed, but also well-rested.

As most of the route follows along peaceful country lanes and much-loved cycle paths such as the Camel Trail, any bike is suitable for this ride. You will follow the National Cycle Network routes 2, 3, and 32, which are signposted.

Wildlife enthusiasts will be spellbound by the Cornish Cycleway – with luck on your side, you might spot a variety of rare birds such as peregrines as you ride through various natural habitats like woodland, regenerated heathland and luscious valleys. The route also passes the Eden Project, a fascinating collection of futuristic biodomes showcasing plant species from around the world.

Every twisting corner of the Cornish Way brings more delight: stunning villages such as Portloe, Portmellon and Mevagissey, regal estates, industrial heritage, Victorian railways and long-forgotten gardens are all waiting to be explored.

The Cornish Way begins in Bude, a popular surfing town on the coast. As Bude doesn’t have a train station, the easiest way to reach the starting line is via Penzance or Exeter. Alternatively, you could travel by car.

Life in Cornwall seems to pass slowly: fishing boats gently rock in the harbors, daily life plays out on the cobbled streets of quaint villages, and the sea quietly laps golden sands. With so many beautiful scenes to take in, don’t rush. Relax into your saddle and enjoy every moment.

For more information about visiting Cornwall, visit: visitcornwall.com
For information about traveling to Bude, visit: visitbude.info/bude/getting-to-bude

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Cornish Way

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8,225 ft

8,075 ft

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    Stage 1: Bude to Camelford – Cornish Way

    22.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage one is a hilly introduction to Cornwall’s delights. Today, you will climb 1738 feet (530 meters) as you ride 22 miles (36 km) from Bude to Camelford.


    Thanks to its great surf and pretty streets, Bude is one of the most popular towns in Cornwall and is worth exploring before you set off. From Bude

    by Amy

  • Difficult
    20.5 mi
    8.3 mph
    975 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    With the coast behind you for the time being, stage two will guide you through inland Cornwall: lonely moorland, sun-soaked hills and pretty rivers. You will ride 20 miles (33 km) from Camelford to Bodmin.


    For the first 9 miles (15 km), you will cycle along Bodmin Moor, an impressive stretch of moorland

    by Amy

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  • Intermediate
    17.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage three is a varied 18 mile (29 km) ride from Bodmin, through gorgeous landscapes and back to the coast in St Austell. Today you can visit some of Cornwall’s iconic sites such as the world-famous Eden Project.


    Shortly after leaving Bodmin, you will explore the beautiful Lanhydrock estate before riding

    by Amy

  • Difficult
    25.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From enchanting lost gardens to picturesque fishing villages, stage four is a magical ride. Today is the toughest section of the Cornish Cycleway: you will ride 25 miles (40 km) gaining 2034 feet (620 meters) in elevation.


    From St Austell, you will drop down through the countryside along a cycle path

    by Amy

  • Difficult
    22.2 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Dramatic valleys, regal country estates and vibrants cities – stage five combines rich Cornish history with unique landscapes. Today you will ride 22 miles (36 km) from Trewithian to Redruth, passing through Truro along the way.


    From Trewithian, you will wind through the countryside towards the River

    by Amy

  • Difficult
    33.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,650 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage six does not disappoint as it takes you on a wonderful journey to some of Cornwall’s most-loved sites. Today, you will ride 32 miles (53 km) from Redruth to the iconic St. Michael’s Mount.


    After navigating Redruth’s busy roads, you will quickly find yourself in the peaceful countryside once more

    by Amy

  • Intermediate
    18.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    875 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your final day of adventure cycling the Cornish Way is just as thrilling as you ride 18.6 miles (30 km) from Marazion to Land’s End. Along the way, you will discover lovely seaside towns, coastal scenes and ancient history.


    The 7 miles (12 km) are a delightful flat ride along the beach. You will ride

    by Amy


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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    160 mi
  • Duration
    18:09 h
  • Elevation
    10,150 ft9,950 ft

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