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Devon & Cornwall

  • Bridge in Saint Ives, England
  • Devon and Cornwall
  • Bike path Cornwall
  • Devon and Cornwall
  • Devon and Cornwall
  • Devon and Cornwall
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
20 to 40 Miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$4495
SINGLES FROM
$950

Trip Overview

Experience some of the most appealing and quiet cycling in England when you join us for our Devon & Cornwall tour. Cycle protected rail trails around the stunning Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Then visit the idyllic villages and wild coastlines of the north and south coast of Cornwall. In Devon, you stay two nights in historic Chagford, where you can stroll around the church of St. Michael the Archangel, dedicated in 1261. It’s also the town where Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited. You stay at the lovely Three Crowns there, where you can enjoy a friendly local pub and delicious dining. Then head farther south to Cornwall and visit splendid seaside towns like Mevagissey and St. Ives — known for its cobbled streets, arts community and beaches. And taste delicious fare from local farms or fresh from the sea. You spend two nights in the stylish country accommodations at the Plume of Feathers. Then cycle the Camel Trail and visit the foodie heaven of Padstow. Stay your final night at the secluded Port Gaverne Hotel … in the Port Isaac area, where the famous British TV series Doc Martin is filmed.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 20 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate with Advanced option | Three Crowns
Book a scenic train ride from London’s Paddington Station to Exeter St David’s. Meet your leaders at the train station there and transfer to the Castle Inn at Lydford, where you can have lunch and are fitted for your bike. Then cycle the Granite Trail, a quiet former railway path, to Okehampton — with great views of the mystical Dartmoor Tors (hills). Next, cycle onto Dartmoor itself for the last few miles. Finish your ride at Gidleigh Village Hall. Then transfer to the Three Crowns, where you will enjoy dinner and stay for two nights. Those looking for extra miles can bike through the back of Gidleigh Park and into Chagford. If you still have energy, take a walk to the Scorhill Stone Circle, one of Devon’s biggest and most recently discovered prehistoric stone circles — it’s more than 4,000 years old!
DAY 2 - Wild ponies and the gorgeous scenery
Distance: 28 to 34 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Three Crowns
After a delicious breakfast, hop on your bike right from the hotel and enjoy the wonderful gentle hills of central Devon. Cycle to Bovey Tracey for an early lunch at the 360 Café. Tackle a challenging hill (or skip it with a van ride) and head toward Haytor, the biggest and most well-known landmark on Dartmoor. See wild ponies and the gorgeous scenery — which has not changed for hundreds of years. Take an optional walk up to Haytor and then bike back to Chagford for dinner at the Three Crowns. Avid riders can ask about added miles, with a quick coffee stop instead at the 360 Café, and more cycling around Bovey Tracey with a suggested lunch spot on the moor at the Tinpickle & Rhum in Haytor.
DAY 3 - Charming seaside town
Distance: 32 to 40 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | The Plume of Feathers
After breakfast, transfer the one hour into Cornwall, and bike from Bodmin Parkway to St. Austell and into the charming seaside town of Mevagissey, featuring several coffee and lunch options. Don’t miss tasting an authentic Cornish pasty, a flaky pastry crust filled with delicious, savory treats — like cheese or stew. It was the classic lunch meal for local copper miners. Also, try the local ice creams, fresh fish, or other seaside specialties. Make an optional stop at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a restored garden estate rescued from destruction. Continue cycling to our inn, the Plume of Feathers — the English heraldry symbol for the Prince of Wales. Dinner is on your own tonight, and is best spent at the Plume of Feathers restaurant.
DAY 4 - St. Ives
Distance: 34 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | The Plume of Feathers
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then cycle from our inn to the charming seaside town of St. Ives. Legend has it that this popular vacation destination was where the Irish Saint Ia of Cornwall (Saint Ives in English) arrived in the 5th century. Explore the shops, galleries, beach and restaurants in St. Ives. The town also features an outpost of London’s famous Tate Museum, which showcases modern art. We transfer you to Mevagissey for a wonderful seafood dinner at the Kings Arms.
DAY 5 - Camel Trail
Distance: 18 or 28 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Port Gaverne Hotel
Today you have a 45-minute transfer to Bodmin to ride the enticing Camel Trail — another famous rail trail — to the lovely town of Padstow, reportedly home to the best fish and chips in the world. After a short ferry ride from Padstow, you then have the option to ride the additional 10 miles to the wonderful Port Gaverne Hotel, right on the seafront.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Farewell
After breakfast, we say farewell and transfer you to Boddim Parkway Train Station for your travels back to London or elsewhere.

Map

Devon and Cornwall

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 $4495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 06, 2020 Sep 11, 2020 $4495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 13, 2020 Sep 18, 2020 $4495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for one dinner), Padstow ferry ride, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, leaders, van support, detailed maps and itineraries. Plus, use of a bicycle and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Jun 14, 2020
End: Jun 19, 2020
Cost: $4495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 06, 2020
End: Sep 11, 2020
Cost: $4495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 13, 2020
End: Sep 18, 2020
Cost: $4495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for one dinner), Padstow ferry ride, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, leaders, van support, detailed maps and itineraries. Plus, use of a bicycle and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Three Crowns
You’ll enjoy your stay at the Three Crowns, a beautiful, part-thatched 5-star inn set in the heart of the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford. Relax in the pub or dine under the glass atrium and then sleep soundly in your room with modern amenities.
The Plume of Feathers
Join us at this country getaway with a historic archway that leads to a stylish lobby and bedrooms with modern touches. Sink into your freestanding tub and relax on your Egyptian cotton sheets. Then wake to a hearty Cornish breakfast.
Port Gaverne Hotel
Each room is unique and carefully designed at the Port Gaverne Hotel. It’s nestled in a beautiful secluded cove near Port Isaac on North Cornwall’s dramatic coast. Relish the antique furniture in each room. Spend time in the bar with slate floors and wooden beams, and a great drink selection.

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