Six cyclists met under the ‘not so little’ drummer boy statue for the ride to Mawgan Porth (Chris F, Chris R, Gareth, John B, Dom and myself). The journey out of Truro took us along the muddy Idless valley and a climb into Shortlanesend. Then we headed to Zelah to join onto the National Cycle Network where we cycled through St Newlyn East and pass Trerice House, the magnificant elizabethan Manor House.
We continue north by-passing Newquay by cycling through Trencreek, joining onto the North Cliff road pass Porth and into Watergate Bay where we spent a while talking about Gareth’s fall from his bike cycling down into the bay the other day. I was getting prepared to climb the steep hill next to the hotel, but my fellow cyclists took pity on me and they suggested we took the coast road through Tregurrian which was a gentlier climb.
We arrived at Mawgan Porth at around 10.45 and when I discovered my fellow cyclists didn’t fancy breakfast, I was able to share with them by new find, the cafe which rests at the heart of The Park. The Park Cafe appear to serve all kinds of wholesome food, but we just pop in for freshly brewed coffee and cake. Everyone was impressed with my choice of a coffee stop which their indoor pool complex!
When we mounted our bikes, we headed towards St Columb Major. It was amazing during the ride how many horses were out on the road and we had to slow down on a number of occasions to make sure we did not scare the horses as it could result in a horse jumping into us. Infact it was after one of these occasions when we overtook a horse, Gareth discovered he had a puncture, so as he changed his tube, the horse slowly pass us again. That is one advantage with horses, you don’t get a puncture, you only get high bills and the mucking out of the stables!
We finished the ride by cycling through White Cross, pass St Enoder Church, into Summercourt, onto the Ladock Valley and then into Truro on the A390. It was a great ride and we were home just after 1pm after approx. 42 miles. I believe everyone enjoyed the route and I know the roads on the way back were new to Dom and some mentioned it was a nice change to return to Truro on a route we almost always cycle in the opposite direction.
The route can be found on http://www.cycle-route.com/Cycle-Route-Planner-Pending/jeremybbond%40aol.com/25/
The next ACR is on December 8th, the destination has yet to be decided. Keep that date free in your diary.