Weather – Dry, cold
Riders: Hugh Bryson (leader), Mike Poole (new) Simon & Dylan (son) Karande, Ian Cooke, Paul & Roz Delderfield, Paul & Hannah Charlesworth, Niq Carter Rowe, Jude Lawrence, John Flowers, Rod Tinson, Bob Jewell & John Gilbert (latterly)
Fourteen riders left Truro (minus John Gilbert at this stage) and made our way up Lemon Street and turned right along to Chapel Hill. A bit of a lung burster to start, but a welcome warm up for most on this dry, but very cold morning. Over the main road to Penweathers, up and down to Helston Water where we took the Bissoe road to Cusgarne, through Trehaddle and up again towards United Downs. Going left to Gwennap, across the main road and up Badger Hill with a left fork to Penhalvean and up to Four Lanes. Turning left on the main road, we arrived at The Sportsman’s Arms on the edge of the village.
Forewarned of our arrival, we had a varied menu to choose from and it was good to meet up with John Gilbert, unavoidably detained at home and had made his own way to the lunch stop. Suitably fed and watered, we left Four Lanes, heading out towards Helston and taking a right turn at the B3280 through Bolenowe and on to Troon. Leaving Troon, we headed in the Camborne direction taking a right turn to Higher and Lower Brea. Passing the Mining Museum and Cafe (closed in winter) and on past the King Edward Mine and through Brea Village.
Crossing the railway line, we headed towards Pool, past the Leisure Centre and through the industrial estate before turning left to the main road and left again to Illogan where we took a right turn down Merritts Hill and up again to Tolgus. No respite here as we crossed the road and up to North Country. Across the road, down and up to Radnor where we dispersed to go our separate ways outside Rhodda’s Creamery at Wheal Rose. Especially good to welcome new rider Mike from Truro, and Simon’s son Dylan who showed us all a clean pair of heels on the ride, which was challenging at times! I trust everyone enjoyed the route, which was planned to illustrate a bit of Cornwalls rich mining heritage