Cycling in South Western Cornwall

Posted on 28th Feb 2020

My annual cycling holiday to Porthlevin in Cornwall is a cold and windy affair but at least its not too wet (he writes as the rain pelts against the window) so I can get out occasionally. The first ride braved the driving drizzle on narrow lanes down through uninspiring scenary to England’s most southerly café at Lizard Point. Then after a couple of stormy days, the rain fizzled out leaving it bright but cold so I took a scenic route west to Lands End. Penzance and Marazion were much nicer than expected but my particular favourite was the sheltered valley of Lamorna. There was also a nice little hill out of Mousehole. As I imagined, Lands End was bleak and out of season touristy but the coffee stop at Lands End airport proved more interesting. This modern and very neat little airport serves only the Scilly Isles with 50,000 connections annually. There’s a smart little café providing decent fayre at good prices. The next day was bright and blustery but dry so I set off inland weaving my way through sheltered valleys and over exposed hillsides across to the Atlantic coast. I was hoping for a Big Sur type experience and the Penwith Heritage Coast between St Just and St Ives certainly has some special views. St Ives is a nightmare to navigate with pedestrianised one way streets but I’d promised myself a Cornish pasty from a traditional bakers so it had to be done. It was then back home via the Godvrey Heritage Coast and Hells Mouth to make 185 miles and 15500ft of elevation in 3 days. Here's a heatmap. Nothing special but a sign I should be able to start proper training again soon.