Experienced travel writer and cyclist Huw Hennessy takes you on 21 hand-picked bike rides across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. With routes from around an hour up to a full day, Cycling in Cornwall & the Scilly Isles is ideal for families and leisure cyclists – anyone who wants to get fit and enjoy the fresh air in some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. The rides connect the region’s top attractions: beaches, fishing ports, stately homes, nature reserves, heritage sites, including many hidden, lesser-known gems. Several of the routes interlink or follow a circular loop, allowing more ambitious cyclists to build up more challenging rides.
Visit world-famous sites such as Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount, the Eden Project and the Tresco Abbey subtropical gardens. Follow the Camel Trail, two connecting cycle routes on a disused railway line. Career around muddy trails in Cardinham Woods. Ride the off-road Pentewan Trail, visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan en route. Explore the grounds of Lanhydrock, a National Trust property whose wooded trails are perfect for getting the most out of your mountain bike.
But more than just a route-finder, the book is packed with cultural insights and the author’s personal tips, gathered from over thirty years’ experience. This is country rich with history, folklore and spiritual resonance, and Cycling in Cornwall & the Scilly Isles encourages you to enjoy the ride at your own pace while showing you what to look out for along the way.
Huw Hennessy is an experienced travel writer and lifelong cycling nut. Since moving to the area 16 years ago, he has cycled all over Southwest England, from off-road routes across Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor to family favourites, the Camel Trail and Pentewan Valley trail. He’s written several previous travel guides, including the Bradt guides to St Helena and Mozambique, and Footprint’s Colombia Handbook.