Swap your board for a bike and feel the wind in your hair exploring Cornwall on two wheels. Go Bycycle, who deliver bikes to your door, share their favourite routes for all abilities.
When we’re not riding the waves we’re riding Cornwall’s roads and tracks on our bikes. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the folks at Go Bycycle who deliver bikes to your door. Meaning you can hit the road without the faff of bringing bikes down with you in the car.
If you’re touring, training, on holiday with family and friends or organising a large group, they can deliver the bikes you need at a time to suit you. You can even start your adventure straight off the plane or train, making sure you arrive at Watergate Bay as you mean to go on. Children’s bikes are also available and helmets are included.
You’ll find some suggested routes below. So what are you waiting for – get on yer’ bike!
The Camel Trail – Wadebridge to Padstow
Families love this stretch of The Camel Trail – a 5.5 mile traffic free, surfaced and virtually level trail with views along the countryside, Camel Estuary and fishing harbour. Stop for lunch at Padstow, home of Rick Stein, wonder around Elizabethan manor house Prideaux Place, and try the best cake for miles around at the Cherry Tree Cafe on the harbour. You can pick your bikes up at www.bridgebikehire.co.uk.
Lanhydrock cycle trails – near Bodmin
With various graded trails through woodland for all abilities alongside a café and adventure playground, families can plan a full day of outdoor activities. Lodge trail – a 1.5 mile route taking 15-30mins – is a gentle ride that takes you deep into little explored woodland on the estate and is suitable for families and beginners as the trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features.
Easy rider – Bodmin Moor to Padstow
A great option for those not wanting to tackle the hills Cornwall is so well known for (but want to do more than a few miles of off road cycling).
Starting from Crowdy Reservoir, follow Route 3 across Bodmin Moor and down through the picturesque village of Blisland. Route 3 then joins the mostly traffic free Camel Trail, an old railroad line which takes you through woodland, wetlands and into the market town of Wadebridge.
Following the river you continue on a further 5 miles to the fishing village of Padstow. Along the way are a number of pubs, The Camel Valley Vineyard, Camel Valley Tea Rooms and some of the most stunning scenery Cornwall has to offer. If you want to avoid the gently rolling hills of Bodmin Moor you can begin this ride at Wenford Bridge.
Total Miles from Crowdy Reservoir to Padstow Approx: 28
Terrain: Easy undulating landscape for the first 10 miles, Flat for the remaining 18. Some traffic, mainly lanes. Will need to negotiate Wadebridge.
Total Miles from Wenford Bridge to Padstow: 18
Terrain: Easy, slightly downhill in part, mostly traffic free. Will need to negotiate Wadebridge.
Recommended bike: Day Bike
Costs for this ride starts at £25 per person from Go ByCycle.
The coastal rider – Watergate to Padstow
This ride takes you from Watergate Bay straight up the hill along the coast toward Mawgan Porth where another challenging hill awaits, but the views make it all worth while. Hugging the coast this route takes you through coastal villages and past long sandy bays including Porthcothan, Treyarnon, Constantine (with a small detour), Harlyn and if you can manage another small detour, Trevone.
Great places to stop along the way are Berryfields in Porthcothan, Treyarnon Bay YHA has a fantastic view of the beach and Trevone Beach Cafe is open all year round. A little further along and you arrive in Padstow, home of culinary delights and a beautiful fishing village.
You can end your journey here and Go ByCycle will pick the bikes up for you, or you can follow a more inland route home heading straight out of Padstow on the A389 turning right just before the turning to St Issey. Continue on this road through St Ervan and St Eval or St Mawgan (more hills this way), however you will have to face Mawgan Porth hill before sweeping down into Watergate Bay.
Total Miles: 22
Terrain: Some challenging hills but otherwise moderate cycling. You need to be fit and capable on lanes with traffic.
Recommended bike: Light Weight Day Bike £17/day or Road Bike £30/day from Go ByCycle.
The North Cornwall Challenge, by road bike
This route is put together by Paul from Go ByCycle who enjoys challenging himself with large hills and good distances. Advised for experienced road cyclists.
Leaving Watergate Bay follow the B3276 through Mawgan Porth and towards Padstow. Turn Right onto the A389 and take a left towards Wadebridge. Follow the road into Wadebridge, Turn left over the old bridge in the centre of town and left again on the other side. Left at the next roundabout onto the B3314 and continue on this road until St Endellion. Turn Left to Port Issac and follow the road down into Port Issac and out the other side. Rejoin the B3314 turning right before Slaughterbridge on the B3266 towards Camelford.
Continue on the B3266 back across Bodmin Moor taking a left at Longstone towards St Mabyn and follow signs for Wadebridge. Travel through Sladesbridge and turn left into Wadebridge, crossing the bridge and retracing your route from earlier back through St Issey and Little Petherick. Turn left onto the B3274 turning right at the crossroads (big sign for Trevibban Farm on your left). Turn Left at the next crossroads following the road through Rumford and down to St Mawgan. Rejoin the B3276 turning right towards Tregurrian and Watergate Bay.
Total Miles: 62.6
Terrain: Challenging hills throughout, mostly country lanes although there will be more traffic on some parts. Experienced cyclists only.
Recommended bike: Road bike
Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel and experience Cornwall by bike, board and beach.