THE CORNISH COASTAL ADVENTURE
Ride the coastline of Devon and Cornwall on this back-road camping adventure....
WHAT IS IT
The Cornish Coastal Adventure is a laid back long weekend ride starting just outside of Taunton in Somerset before embarking on a leisurely ride around the coastline of Devon and then Cornwall. The route takes in the fabulous A39 coastal road through Porlock and Lynton before bypassing Barnstaple and tracing the edge of the ocean as closely as possible all the way down to Land's End. From there we stop off at the Lizard Peninsula, before making our way back East along the south coast, catching short ferries and exploring the high-hedged back lanes around Falmouth and St. Austell. It's a perfect trip for anyone looking to get a little lost in the back and beyond of their own island. We might even get to dip our toes in the ocean.
HOW IT WORKS
We'll meet at a small cafe just outside of Taunton on a Thursday morning, have some coffee and cake, and from there ride through to Sunday afternoon where we'll end up back where we started. We will ride at a leisurely laid-back pace, adapting the 'dropped-man' system in order to keep the group together. The 'dropped man' system is very simple and effective and will be explained prior to the run. We'll ride on average 5 hours a day, covering around 160 miles. We'll be in no rush and the priority is on everyone having a safe and enjoyable mini adventure.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This run is for anyone who doesn't want to travel too far but who wants a good two-wheeled adventure in the comfort of their own backyard. The pace is laid back and leisurely, with time to stop for cream teas and beachside picnics. We will be camping but eating in local pubs and eateries.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
As with all runs this is not for anyone who likes to ride hell-for-leather, nor for anyone who doesn't enjoy camping or the meeting of new people. You will also be expected to ride with consideration for the group, taking part in the 'dropped-man' system and riding with due care and attention around your fellow rider.
All guiding, camp spots and a complimentary cream tea are provided in the tour package. The price also includes the short ferries we take along the southern coast.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
The smaller the bike the better really, although everything is welcome. The roads we take are largely tight and narrow, with high speeds never achieved. A 125cc bike capable of 55mph would do it, as would a classic machine or equally anything you feel comfortable on. The best bike for these trips is a reliable one.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To secure you place click on the SIGN UP icon above-right which will take you to a payment area where you can pay a £50 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the balance will be due further down the line, with further information also provided upon sign up.
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WHY I'VE PUT THIS TRIP ON
I ran the first Cornish Coastal Run in 2018 and it was clear that with the combination of the good riding, amazing scenery and some spectacular camping spots that it was a trip worth repeating. Four days is just enough to feel as though you've had a good ride but still be manageable for most people. The nature of the roads also means that the pace is nice and gentle and with no real rush to be anywhere we stretch out the day to make sure we stop often and have a good look around. Devon and Cornwall is just a beautiful part of the world and it's great to explore it on two wheels.
IN A NUTSHELL:
This is a run around the coastline of Devon and Cornwall, taking in lots of little lanes, catching short ferries and enjoying plenty of cream teas along the way.
The cliff top A39 into Porlock and Lynton.
A night in Tintagel exploring the ancient castle ruins of King Arthur.
Cornish pasties in Padstow.
A night on the Lizard peninsula, home of Cornwall's finest fish and chips.
Breakfast in St. Mawes and on along the Roseland Heritage Coast.
A fitting final supper in the quaint seaside community of Beesands.
We will meet at 10am on Thursday, at a cafe just to the east of Taunton. We will then begin our journey to the coast, heading for the north Devon beaches and our eventual stop over in Tintagel with a chance to explore the castle by sunset.
Today we make our way to Land's End, meandering down the lanes and coastal roads along the way, stopping for lunch at a nice little cafe before taking a photo at the Land's End visitors centre and continuing on to the most southerly point of the UK; the Lizard Peninsula.
We discover the quaint highlights of the south coast, catching three little ferries in total which keep us away from the main roads and traffic and really highlight the charm of the Cornish coastline. We eventually emerge in Plymouth, passing through on our way to the charming little coastal hamlet of Beesands, for a well deserved fish supper.
We head for home, detouring for breakfast to Dartmouth before aiming back towards Taunton and saying our farewells after a short but sweet adventure, hopefully ready to start planning the next one!
PLEASE NOTE: The route and itinerary is always subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Riders will also be updated if this is the case.