If you’re experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Cornwall’s Penwith Peninsula for the first time, a relaxed guided cycle tour is one of the absolute best ways to soak it all up. Navigate the dramatic granite coastline of world famous Land’s End on two wheels and make sure you head at least a little off the well cycled track to see what brand new Cornish gems you can uncover along the way! This leisurely tour covers just 16 miles per day so plenty of time to stop and enjoy every moment.
Arrive in St Just: England’s most westerly town! St Just and its surrounds 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 your hotel.
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 lanes which hug the clifftops of the north of Cape Cornwall and Poldark country. Soak up the area’s rich mining heritage here with engine houses and ruined mine workings still standing at Botallack and Levant and don’t miss the Geevor Mine museum at Peneen. The route then takes you through National Trust land at Rosemergy, Porthmeor and Gunard’s Head to the village of Zennor, where the nearby Logan Stone is worth a detour. Then onto St Ives which is well known for its artists, the Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
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, 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.
Immerse yourself back into Cornwall’s mining heritage once more on your return leg to St Just. Riding along the north coast through Botallack, the spectacular cliff scenery is studded with mine engine houses and chimney stacks on the cliff edges. Take things nice and slow and make time for some more of Cornwall’s stunning scenery and attractions like The Merry Maidens stone circle, Land’s End itself and the long sandy stretch at Sennen Cove.
If you find yourself with a little more time on your final day, a detour to Porthcurno is a great way to get in a couple of extra miles and some more wonderful Cornish sights including the beautiful golden beach, the fascinating telecommunications museum and the unbeatable views from the open air Minnack Theatre.