Combining walking and cycling,this self-guided trip explores the best of the South West with an option of an extension to the Eden Project and / or an extension to the Isles of Scilly.
By Rail: There is a railway station in both Truro and Penzance, with a direct route from London Paddington. The journey time is 4½ to 5 hours
By Car: If clients are coming by car you need to inform us as the B&B accommodation we use have very limited parking and it will require pre-booking.
- By Car: If clients are coming by car you need to inform us as the B&B accommodation we use has very limited parking and it will require pre-booking.
- From the direction of M5 Exeter, Junction 31:
- Truro: Join A30 and remain on it for approx 81 miles until a roundabout with Wind Farm Take the second exit. (Signed TRURO / FALMOUTH A39) In 5.5 miles (at T junction & Lights) turn Right (Sign for TRURO A39)
- Penzance: Join A30 and remain on it for approx 109 miles, heading straight into Penzance.
B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*) or Luxury Hotels (5*).
Distribution of bicycles & equipment
Hybrid bike hire is included within the price (but can be deducted if your clients want to bring their own) or can be upgraded to an E-Bike. The bikes will be delivered to the first hotel at 9.30am on the morning of your clients’ first day of activity, so the second day in Cornwall. The bicycles are branded tour bicycles, light weight, equipped with 21 speed derailleur and freewheel. The bikes do not come with stands, but are provided with puncture repair kits, pumps, locks and panniers. We also provide a handlebar mounted mobile phone pouch to use with our mobile app. Please note, we do not provide mobiles or computers.
The tour includes transfer of luggage as stated. The tour information pack provided to the clients contains luggage tags from Compass Holidays. The clients’ name and the hotels used throughout the holiday will be on these tags. They should be fixed to the luggage. In the morning the luggage should be left at the reception for collection. Luggage is collected after 9.30am and delivered to the next hotel before 4.30pm.
This grade of this tour is moderate.
- Truro or Penzance
- Truro or Penzance
Daily Distance Range
- Cycling-Minimum:18 miles / 29 km Maximum:35 miles / 56 km
- Walking–Minimum: 6 miles / 9 km Maximum: 15 miles / 24 km
This tour has a variety of durations from 6 nights to 14nights with an extension to the Isles of Scilly and / or The Eden Project.
This tour is available from January until December.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodationat the stated category, with breakfast
- Bicycle hire of Hybrid bikes
- Luggage Transfers
- Full Tour Pack with colour coded routes on local maps
- Smartphone App with GPS routes
- 24-hr emergency helpline
What is NOT included in the tour
- E-Bike Hire(available at a supplement)
- Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
- Entrance to attractions
- Buses and/or Ferries unless otherwise stated
- Tourist Taxes where applicable
The maximum altitude on this tour is approximately 482 feet.
Starting in Truro or Penzance (subject to availability)
Arrive at your first hotel and stay overnight in Truro or Penzance as specified. (The following itinerary showcases the journey from Truro.)
A: Circular route (cycling) from Truro (Full route: 29 miles / 47km | Short Route: 19 miles / 31km)
Today’s route takes you from Truro via the Roseland Peninsula, taking in the best of the local landscape. It uses mostly country lanes and cycle paths, once you have left Truro and is a peaceful day’s riding. This is the most challenging route of the trip with a lot of hills, but a shortcut has been provided if you need it. The full route is hillier than the shortcut, but worth it to see the truly spectacular scenery in the local area. Please note, the trip includes a transfer via King Harry’s Ferry, which costs £1.50 per person and is payable locally.
Overnight in Truro. No luggage transfer required.
B:Linear route (cycling) from Truro to Mullion via Falmouth (Full route: 35 miles / 56 km | Short Route23 miles / 37km )
Traversing between Truro and Helston for your next overnight, this route takes you past the old tin mine at Wheal Jane to Penryn, once the main port in this area, where you’ll find its heritage displayed in some fine architecture from Tudor to Georgian and in a small museum. Continue down the coast to Falmouth, a busy pleasant town where the atmosphere is flavoured by the salt sea air. Here you can visit several exotic gardens, a Maritime Museum and some pleasant beaches. Impressive fortifications of Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle still dominate the headland. Continue past more subtropical gardens to Gweek on the Helford Creek, the home of the National Seal Sanctuary where they rescue injured seal pups from local beaches and also care for other abandoned sea mammals, before ending in Mullion. The terrain is not as tough as the circuit from Truro, but there are still some steep climbs out of Truro and around Falmouth, Constantine and Gweek.
Overnight in Mullion. Luggage will be moved.
C:Circular route (walking) from Mullion via Kynance Cove (Full route: 8.5 miles / 13.7km | Short Route: 6 miles / 9.7km)
Take the bus down to Lizard Village, the most southerly point of the British mainland. It has been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times and the coast around it still attracts modern travellers. From the famous lighthouse, follow one of the most dramatic and beautiful sections of the coast path back to Mullion, past the sheltered beaches and remarkable rock formations of Kynance Cove. Please note, the bus ticket costs a few pounds and is payable locally.
Overnight in Mullion. No luggage transfer required.
D: Linear route (cycling) from Mullion to Penzance (Full route: 33 miles / 53 km | No Short Route)
Head from Mullion, across Goonhilly Downs and then through the Penrose Estate, an area of woodland around the Loe Pool now owned by the National Trust. The bustling Cornish town of Penzance is an historic port with sub-tropical gardens and with views across Mount’s Bay to St Michael’s Mount, there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
Overnight in Penzance. Luggage will be moved.
E: Circular route (walking) from Penzance via Lands End (Full route: 15 miles / 24 km | Short Route: 9 miles / 14 km)
Travel via bus to Lands End and then enjoy a delightful walk back to Penzance. The route can be shortened at any point by taking a bust journey back to the hotel. You will then stay overnight in Penzance. Please note, the bus ticket costs a few pounds and is payable locally.
Overnight in Penzance. No luggage transfer required.
F: Linear route (cycling) from Penzance to Truro (Full route: 32 miles / 52km | No Short Route)
Leave Penzance and ride to the north coast where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. Follow the coast road past miles of sand dunes then above rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Atlantic. Explore a woodland cycle trail at the tranquil Tehidy Country Park, on the way to the popular surfing cove at Portreath. This was one of the main mining areas in Cornwall until the early 20th century and you can still visit Cornish Goldsmiths workshops and exhibitions as well as the Tolgus Tin Streaming works nearby. The ride ends along beautiful wooded valleys back into Truro.
Overnight in Truro. Luggage will be moved.
G: Circular route (walking) from Truro via St Mawes (Full route: 12.5 miles / 20 km | No Short Route)
Circular walking route from Truro via St Mawes. A taxi will collect you and transfer you to Falmouth to catch the ferry to St Mawes. The ferry is payable on the day and will cost £7.50 each. St Mawes is a small town opposite Falmouth on the Roseland Peninsula.
Optional Extension to Isles of Scilly from Penzance (2 nights / 3 days)
Day 1:Leave your hotel in the morning and ride bybike to the ferry port to take the morning ferry. This is a short 5-10minute ride through Penzance to the Quay. Board the ferry with the bikes and travel to the Isles of Scilly. Disembark on St Mary’s Island and then explore at your leisure. The luggage will be transferred by taxi to the ferry port to be loaded by you in Penzance (this is a mandatory security measure). The bags will then be tagged and offloaded in Isles of Scilly, with a direct transfer to the hotel.
Day 2:Free exploration of the Island.
Day 3: Explore the island at your leisure before returning to the port for the Ferry (usually afternoon). The luggage will be transported from the hotel to the ferry port and loaded onto the ferry. Clients will disembark the ferry, collect their luggage, give it to the taxi company and then return to their hotel by bike.
Optional Extension to the Eden Project (2 nights, 3 days)
Day 1: Cycle from Truro to Charlestown (or St Austell) via Mevagissey. Stay in Charlestown (or St Austell, depending on availability). Luggage will be transferred.
Day 2: Cycle from Charlestown (or St Austell) to the Eden Project. A short 4-mile cycle from Charlestown takes you to The Eden Project, where you can spend the day exploring the gardens and tropical domes at your leisure.Return to Charlestown (or St Austell) via bike on the same 4-mile route and stay in Charlestown (or St Austell –subject to availability). Eden Project ticket price not included.
Day 3:Cycle from Charlestown (or St Austell) to Truro via Pentowan and Heligan –another garden for your clients to explore. Stay overnight in Truro.
The routing is subject to accommodation availability and will be as follows using the Route letters above:
The 7 day, 6 night holiday, starting in Truro will be routed B C D E F
The 7 day, 6 night holiday, starting in Penzance will be routed E F B C D or F B C D E
The 8 day, 7 night holiday, starting in Truro will be routed A B C D E F or B C D E F G (client choice)
The 8 day, 7 night holiday, starting in Penzance will be routed E F G B C D or E F A B C D (client choice)
The 9 day, 8 night holiday, starting in Truro will be routed A B C D E F G
The 9 day, 8 night holiday, starting in Penzance will be routed E F G A B C D
The Isles of Scilly extension departs from and returns to Penzance, so will happen before Route F above.
The Eden Project extension departs from Truro, so will happen before Route F above.
If the clients would like to do BOTH the Isles of Scilly and Eden project extension, they will both happen before Route F and will be organised according to accommodation availability.
The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during the ride. We suggest avoiding anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Padded cycling shorts are a good idea. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. One size helmets are provided but are not compulsory in the UK. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.