52 miles (plus 10 miles to get to Land’s End). 3957 feet of ascent.
Day 1 started with a 10-mile ride from Penzance YH to Land’s End. We then stopped for the obligatory photos at the famous Land’s End signpost then retraced our steps back to Penzance. We followed National Cycle Route 3 for much of the morning past Hayle and Camborne, avoiding the busy A30. However, we had to join cycle on the busy A3075 for a short stretch before heading on quieter roads to our campsite (Trewen Hall) at St Columb Major.
Today’s journey in three words: horses, holiday parks and solar farms.
What actually happened:
An unexpectedly hilly 10 mile cycle took us from Penzance YH to Land’s End. The official photographer turned up shortly after we arrived and took our pic. With the wind in our backs we made it back to Penzance quickly and cycled around the bay (past St Michael’s Mount) then up to Hayle. We spent most of the morning on NCN 3 which was well signposted and avoided Cornwall’s busy roads. These are nice, quiet country lanes, and a nice part of the country.
We stopped at Molly’s Tea Room for lunch in Camborne, a quirky place – part antique shop and part homespun cafe. We managed not only a Sunday roast but also a (first?) cream tea. I can see this trip will be as much about the eating than the cycling !
The afternoon was a bit hillier and involved some fairly hefty uphill climbs. But it was all good. Today was cloudy but dry, with light winds in our backs. The hedgerow flowers are out and Cornwall is definitely several weeks further on than Scotland in terms of the flowers and leaves on the trees.
The high points:
- Starting off from Land’s End !
- Quiet country lanes along NCN3
And the low points:
- The A3075
- Reading tomorrow’s weather forecast (wet)
Fave food: Cornish cream tea