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A relaxed day riding the Poldark Trail

The far west, The Poldark Trail

A relaxed day riding the Poldark Trail

The weekend saw the team at South West Cycle Tours carrying out some final prep for the new route, The Poldark Cycle Trail. Our tasks included route checking, visiting the local National Trust cafe, to sample their coffee and sandwiches and finding a suitable spot for afternoon coffee…. Now, that’ll do nicely for a coffee stop


The route from our hometown of Falmouth to our destination just outside Pendeen is very pleasant. The route passes Helston, home of the Floral Dance, skirts Porthleven, and my favourite section, the A394 past Praa Sands. With the road well above sea level, views down to the golden sandy beach and clear blue sea are inviting. In front, as the road drops to sea level, amazing views of St Michaels Mount, the bay and Marazion are laid out in front of us.

Our destination greeted us with a bright sunny winters day, light cornish breeze and views to the Scilly Isles. The islands, so visible on such a clear day looked only a few miles away, a swim, I thought. After a brief planning meeting, in the S.W Cycle Tours support vehicle, we gathered some essentials and headed out along the route. The path turned out to be perfect, running parallel with the coast path and giving easy access to the historical sites and points of interest we want to showcase. Also, the terrain is easy to ride, well away from the cliff edge and suitable for smaller wheeled bikes and Tag-A-Longs.

Heading west we strayed from the main route to get closer to the ocean and investigate some hidden workings. The waves could easily be heard crashing into the granite sea cliffs that are found along this part of the North Cornish Coast. As the waves explode against the cliffs they released plumes of clean white spray that floated high above us, carried by the breeze. The smell of the salty sea water, so recognisable, instantly transports me back to childhood memories of family holidays on the beach.

Slightly damp and with time pressing on we continue with our reconnaissance. After a visit to the National Trust cafe and a brief stop to discuss how far west we could actually ride, we turned and started the return journey.

I was feeling very positive, I had ticked a few items off my ‘To do’ list and we had enjoyed a great day out. Furthermore, I was so looking forward to sharing this wonderful location and amazing historical stories with others. As we made our way back to the van we discussed how vibrant the area will look once the Sea Pinks and other coastal flowers show their heads.

Fortunately, after all that hard work, we had saved the best until last, homemade carrot and walnut cake with coffee.

A grand day out

Coffee with carrot and walnut cake over looking Levant Mine

Coffee with carrot and walnut cake overlooking Levant Mine

Thanks for reading

Phil 

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