This spectacular coastal cycling route is the perfect way to return to nature this autumn.
It’s no secret that exercise and fresh air work wonders for the mind and body, and many of us need it more than ever after spending a considerable amount of time indoors. If you’re looking to escape the city for a break out in nature, here’s a trip that cycling fans won’t want to miss: Cornwall has just received a brand new cycling route called “West Kernow Way“, spanning 150 miles and expected to take around four days to complete.
The long-distance route was developed by Cycling UK and sounds like an incredible way to connect to the great outdoors after months of confinement. It begins and ends in Cornwall’s Penzance, passing many of the UK’s most breathtaking, scenic sites including the Botallack tin mines, the Bronze Age monument Mên-an-Tol, Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount, and Lizard Point. Aside from expansive coastal views, the path includes bridleways, byways and quiet stretches of country roads, showcasing the highlights of the region without getting caught in overly touristy areas. For that same reason, it was launched in September, in an effort to avoid the region’s “summer rush”.
Sophie Gordon, Cycling UK’s campaigns officer behind the creation of the West Kernow Way said: “The landscape has so much to offer, from the natural beauty of Lizard Point to the wilds of the north coast, but we want to dive into the culture and history of Cornwall too. The benefit of cycling off-road along the West Kernow Way is that you will steer clear of the crowds, and be able to visit the sites and find the hidden gems of Cornwall, all without filling the lanes with another car.”
Since cyclists are expected to take three to four days to complete the route, it clearly isn’t an easy ride to conquer. However, Sophie adds, “that’s even more of an excuse to tuck into the excellent Cornish cuisine”! We couldn’t agree more.
Learn more about the route here.