James Oxley returns house for a spectacular experience along the coast and through the countryside of magnificent Cornwall.
I’m a type of fortunate individuals who get to call Cornwall house. So, when the chance arose to plot the newest TomTom Discovery Route by means of my house county, I immediately set about listing my favorite roads to journey and locations to visit.
I needed to offer a motorbike route in Cornwall the opportunity to explore beyond the standard tourist routes, whereas understanding that world famous places, resembling Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount, are must-see points of interest for these travelling to Cornwall for the primary time.
The resulting 208-mile route takes in a few of the greatest roads and most spectacular scenery Cornwall has to supply, plus a couple of hidden gems I’ve found through the years. It’s doable in a day, but it will also make for an amazing journey cut up over two days, supplying you with extra time to take in the laidback way of life that Cornwall is legendary for.
- 1 Spooky goings on
- 2 The top of the street
- 3 1. Jamaica Inn
- 4 2. Golitha Falls
- 5 3. Bodmin Jail
- 6 four. Padstow
- 7 5. Fistral Seashore, Newquay
- 8 6. St Mawes Citadel, The Roseland
- 9 7. St Michael’s Mount
- 10 eight. Porthcurno
- 11 9. Land’s End
- 12 10. St Just to St Ives – B3306
- 13 11. Hell’s Mouth
- 14 12. Wheal Coates, St Agnes
- 15 Inform us you favourite roads
- 16 The route
Spooky goings on
The route begins on Bodmin Moor at the Jamaica Inn, infamous for its links to Cornwall’s smuggling previous and spooky goings on. From right here we journey south along slender moorland lanes following the path of the River Fowey to the magical Golitha Falls, a collection of cascades and waterfalls set within the coronary heart of a forest where legend and history merge.
We then head west alongside meandering roads till we meet the ocean on the common vacationer resort of Padstow. Our route snakes its approach alongside the spectacular north coast of Cornwall, climbing and falling with the coastline, earlier than turning inland at Newquay, the UK’s surf capital.
We experience along some fantastically twisting lanes to the picturesque Roseland Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall. From here we catch the chain ferry throughout the River Fal and journey on to St Michaels’s Mount, a rocky island crowned by a medieval church and castle.
The top of the street
A couple of miles down the street we attain the south western tip of the UK at Land’s End. As soon as the obligatory photograph is taken, we journey north along one of many UK’s greatest motorcycling roads, the B3306, earlier than hugging the north coast of Cornwall all the best way back as much as Newquay. You’ll little question need to cease loads of occasions alongside this part as the surroundings alternates between breath-taking and mind-blowing.
At Newquay, we say goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean and journey inland, following extra nation roads to Bodmin and the top of this incredible motorbike route in Cornwall.
For those of you wondering why the popular A39 Atlantic Freeway features only momentarily on this route, I purposefully prevented it. It’s because we’ve already featured the street in previous issues of ABR magazine (concern 33), but in addition as a result of it tops so many lists of greatest roads to journey/drive within the South West already. I needed to point out you one thing just a little totally different.
1. Jamaica Inn
The River Tamar might mark the border between Devon and Cornwall, but for me, it’s the signal for the Jamaica Inn that tells me I’m residence. Nestled within the heart of Bodmin Moor, this historic teaching home sits next to the A30, the closest factor Cornwall has to a motorway.
With this in mind, it makes good sense to start our TomTom Discovery Route here, in the hamlet of Bolventor. In case you’re travelling to Cornwall after work on a Friday, keep over at the Jamaica Inn, take pleasure in dinner and a couple of drinks, and ready yourself for a spectacular experience.
The Inn, which was the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s well-known novel, Jamaica Inn, has been welcoming travellers for almost 300 years and is legendary for its smuggling past. Those smugglers would cover contraband introduced ashore from boats off the Cornwall and Devon coasts.
The Jamaica Inn can also be stated to be haunted. Spooky sounds of footsteps, horses’ hooves and coach wheels have all been heard when nothing is to be seen. There have additionally been studies of sightings of a man in a tricorne hat and cloak who walks by means of partitions. Sleep nicely.
2. Golitha Falls
From the Jamaica Inn, we strike out onto Bodmin Moor following the path of the River Fowey southwards. A couple of miles down the street you turn proper to Golitha Falls. Depart your bike within the free carpark and comply with the path by way of this mystical forest. You’ll stroll alongside calm waters of the River Fowey for about 10 minutes until you hear the sound of quicker flowing water.
Golitha Falls is a collection of cascades and waterfalls flowing downhill, relatively than one giant waterfall. It’s a powerful sight and, despite being such a wonderful location, has a murky previous. Doniert, King of Cornwall, died here in 875 and is reputed to have drowned. Regardless that the small print of his demise have been lost to history, legend has it he was murdered in Golitha Falls.
3. Bodmin Jail
We soon arrive in the historic city of Bodmin and head in the direction of its most famous landmark, Bodmin Jail. Inbuilt 1779, the jail was the situation for 55 executions, the final held in 1909. The grand building not houses prisoners however is as an alternative a well-liked tourist attraction, which includes an execution pit restored to its full working order.
When you have the time, the jail is definitely value a go searching, notably to see the squalid circumstances the prisoners have been housed in. When you missed out on seeing a ghost at the Jamaica Inn, you’ll have extra luck here. Bodmin Jail is supposedly one of the crucial haunted places in the UK.
Padstow has turn into a massively in style vacationer resort thanks partially to movie star chef Rick Stein. His eating places draw individuals from across the UK to this picturesque little fishing port. But you don’t should be a foodie to take pleasure in Padstow. Park up your bike and take a stroll across the bustling harbour lined with previous fishermen’s cottages.
5. Fistral Seashore, Newquay
The journey from Padstow to Newquay takes you alongside the spectacular north coast of Cornwall, steeply rising and falling into spectacular bays comparable to Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. The street options plenty of tight twists and turns, in addition to a couple of steep switchbacks.
Newquay is the surf capital of the UK, so our route takes us to the epicentre of all things browsing, the spectacular Fistral Seashore. I’d extremely advocate parking up and consuming a espresso on the Seashore Bar terrace overlooking the ocean. There’s something incredibly enjoyable about perching at such a phenomenal spot and watching surfers driving waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean
6. St Mawes Citadel, The Roseland
From Newquay, we reduce across country from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. Along the best way you’ll journey a collection of nation lanes, dotted with picturesque villages that reveal there’s extra to Cornwall than merely a shocking coastline. Earlier than arriving at St Mawes, we journey via the Roseland, a distant and unspoilt area of woods, cliffs and seashores.
Sit back and chill out as you cruise alongside the meandering A3078 earlier than arriving at the small fishing village of St Mawes. Journey along the harbour and to St Mawes Fort. This is likely one of the greatest preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses. Look across the water and also you’ll see Pendennis Fort at Falmouth.
These two buildings have been built to protect England from attack by France and Spain.
7. St Michael’s Mount
Leaving the Roseland, our route takes on the King Harry Chain Ferry throughout the Fal River. The ferry was established in 1888 and is considered one of only 5 chain ferries nonetheless working in England. It departs every 20 minutes, seven days every week.
About 25 miles further alongside our route is likely one of the most photographed landmarks in Cornwall. St Michael’s Mount is a rocky island nestled in Mounts Bay reverse the city of Marazion. Atop sits a medieval church and castle which have turn out to be a massively well-liked vacationer attraction.
At low tide you possibly can stroll along the causeway which stretches from the mainland to the island. Nevertheless, keep for any size of time and the fast-flowing tide will swiftly reduce you off, which means a boat journey again to your bike is in order.
There was a time when the sleepy little seashore city of Porthcurno was some of the necessary communication centres on the earth. A string of underwater telecommunications cables stretch across the globe from Porthcurno’s white sandy seashore to as far afield as America and India.
Today, the town is best referred to as a tourist destination, boasting among the best seashores in Cornwall. Assume translucent, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches more harking back to an island in the Mediterranean than the English seaside.
It’s a little bit of a stroll right down to the seashore from the automotive park in village however nicely value it in case you fancy a paddle in the water.
It’s additionally value stopping off at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, where you’ll be able to study concerning the fascinating history of the individuals and know-how that made this small town so famous.
9. Land’s End
No tour of Cornwall can be complete and not using a cease at Land’s Finish, probably the most westerly level in England. The world is a popular tourist attraction which suggests you’ll should pay to park before exploring what’s on supply. Nevertheless, we’ve nonetheless acquired plenty of driving to do, so I’d advocate taking the compulsory photograph on the tip of Cornwall earlier than driving on.
10. St Just to St Ives – B3306
We’ve already travelled alongside some excellent motorcycling roads throughout this Discovery Route, however from right here on the driving will get even higher. The 13-mile stretch of the B3306 between St Simply and St Ives is among the best coastal roads in Britain.
It snakes alongside the beautiful Cornish shoreline with loads of sweeping bends, tight turns and brief straights to get the adrenalin pumping. You’ll cross by echoes of Cornwall’s past protruding from the panorama in the type of ruined tin mines, but the actual star of this experience is the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean to your left.
I make the pilgrimage right down to the B3306 a couple of occasions every year. I really like each moment of driving this beautiful street on the edge of the world. I simply wish it had a more poetic identify to match its magnificence. I feel I’ll name it the Edge of the World Highway any further.
11. Hell’s Mouth
In my mind, we’ve saved the perfect till final on this journey. Driving the spectacular north coast of Cornwall reminds me a bit of of the time I spent exploring California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Twisting single-lane roads mimic the dramatic undulations of the shoreline as it rises and falls over hovering cliff tops and steep valleys.
One such dramatic spot is Hell’s Mouth, just previous Gwithian. Its towering cliff face stands virtually 100m tall above the seashore under. It’s a treacherous but lovely spot and typical of the magnificent north coast of Cornwall.
Throughout the street is the Hell’s Mouth Café, the right spot to get a espresso to heat you up after a bracing stroll along the cliff path.
12. Wheal Coates, St Agnes
I’ve in all probability ridden the coast street from Gwithian to St Agnes, and then onto Perranporth and Newquay, more than some other stretch of street. It’s where I find my peace, especially on a summer time night when the world is drenched in the golden hues of a setting solar.
From Hell’s Mouth, our route cruises along the Gwithian Heritage Coast earlier than dropping steeply into the sleepy seashore town of Portreath. We then experience inland to skirt RAF Portreath, before rejoining the coast at Porthtowan and on to St Agnes.
As you enter the town, make sure to flip left onto Beacon Street and journey in the direction of the sea. A mile alongside the street, pull into the National Trust automotive park and take a walk to the Wheal Coates disused tin mine. Its location, clinging to the sting of a towering cliff face overlooking the ocean, is spectacular. It’s the right spot to take a seat and marvel at panoramic views of the fantastic Cornish shoreline.
Our Discovery Route then takes you thru Newquay and on to Bodmin which marks the top of our journey. I rode this route on the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx journey bike. Nevertheless, the complete experience is on tarmac and could be ridden on any bike.
Inform us you favourite roads
In the event you experience this Cornwall TomTom Discovery Route, please do publish your pictures in the comments section under, and let us know of any roads not included that we should always experience subsequent time we’re in the South West.
Stick the following waypoints into your SatNav to comply with as near as damnit the ABR and TomTom Cornwall Discovery Route. The place needed, we’ve included in brackets the complete handle of a location as you might have a wrestle finding it by just its identify on a SatNav. NB. The route under can also be obtainable to obtain as a gpx. file in an effort to stick it straight into your gadget. Simply head to www.bit.ly/ABRcornwall54 the place your download might be ready for you.
- Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
- Golitha Falls (Draynes Bridge, Liskeard, Draynes, Liskeard, PL14 6RX)
- Bodmin Jail (Berrycoombe Street, Bodmin, PL31 2NR)
- Porthcothan Seashore
- Fistral Seashore, Newquay
- St Mawes Citadel
- Land’s Finish
- St Just
- St Ives
- Hell’s Mouth (B3301, Gwithian, TR27 5EG)
- Beacon Street, St Agnes
- Trevithick Downs
- Previous Coach Street, Lanivet
Complete: 208 miles
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