Possible 2015 Cornwall Trip
Last September a group of seven cyclists tried out a cycle tour from St Ives to Exeter via Bude and Bideford. We hired a minibus to transport ourselves and our bikes down to St Ives and then rode back over four days. We stayed in small hotels or B&Bs. The ride was in part to assess whether such a trip might be offered more widely to CTC Exeter Members.
The proposal for June 2015 is to follow a similar route as before but to return to Exeter directly from Bude (i.e. miss out Bideford).
|Wed 17 June a.m.||1||Transport from Exeter to St Ives|
|Wed 17 June p.m.||1||Optional ride around West Penwith||34||680||sample map|
|Thu 18 June||2||St Ives to Newquay||58||870||map|
|Fri 19 June||3a||Newquay to Port Issac (via Wadebridge)||56||920||map|
|Fri 19 June||3b||Newquay to Port Issac (via Padstow/Rock Ferry)||40||720||map|
|Sat 20 June||4||Port Issac to Bude||44||980||map|
|Sun 21 June||5a||Bude to Okehampton (then train home)||59||920||map|
|Sun 21 June||5b||Bude to Exeter||98||1270||map|
We plan to stay in B&Bs or small hotels.
We will use a mini-bus and trailer to take us to St Ives early on the Wednesday morning. This will allow us time to drop off our bags and explore St Ives - or take a ride west along the north coast to Zennor and Sennen.
Some people may elect to travel down by train late on Wednesday evening (meeting up in St Ives) or early Thursday morning (meeting up near Hayle, Godrevy or Portreath).
On the final day participants can either ride all the way back from Bude to Exeter (~100 km) or ride to Okehampton (~60 km) and catch the train back to Exeter.
Note that participants will have to be able to
- cycle 40/50 miles daily in Cornwall (the hills are much steeper than in Devon),
- carry their own gear,
- book their own accommodation in groups of four (see below), and
- be committed to full payment in case they drop out (unless rooms can be cancelled or replacements found)
To simplify arranging accommodation it is suggested that the party be divided up into groups of four (or five) - and each person in the group be responsible for booking one of their four nights.
Each group would share out their total accommodation cost so that every person pays the same (regardless of whether they have a single or double room and regardless of how much they paid for the night that they booked). Thus it will be a good idea if people form a group with others who would like to stay in a similar standard of accommodation (e.g. bunk house vs. luxury hotel).
The September 2014 Trip
The September route is available on-line.
- Day 1: Transport from Exeter to St Ives - optional ride around West Penwith
- Day 2: Ride from St Ives to Padstow/Wadebridge
- Day 3: Ride from Padstow/Wadebridge to Bude
- Day 4: Ride from Bude to Bideford
- Day 5: Ride from Bideford to Exeter
The four days riding back to Exeter totalled 180 miles i.e. an average of 45 miles per day.
The cost per person (including transport down and accommodation costs, but excluding lunches and evening meals) was about £170.