What better way to start the New Year than a puncture before the ride actually gets started?
And no normal puncture but a blowout creating a 4” split in the tube and forcing the tyre off
the rim. However a late start enabled Niq to turn up at 10 in time to join the 9.45 ride.
Cycling represents sustainable transport so this first ride of 2015 (to be pronounced twenty-
fifteen please) was devised to visit as many points on the old Chacewater to Newquay branch
line as practicable.
Having passed Truro station we headed for Chacewater Railway Station via the Tennis Club and
Besore. After a brief rest here we backtracked to Station Road and through the wind tunnel
to pass the ATC centre up to Mount Hawke Halt site. Taking a left and right we soon arrived
at St Agnes Station Yard and crossed the railway bridge towards Goonbell with much evidence
of the remaining embankment. Passing Goonbell Halt we saw a well-preserved railway bridge
before leaving the track to take the road through Barkla Shop, turning right to climb to a further
bridge with fine views of the Goonbell Viaduct. Taking the next left towards Mithian, we crossed
a further bridge before turning right at the Miner’s Arms, then left towards Perranporth with
more railway bridges on our route to Blowinghouse to follow the tracks route into Perranporth.
Taking the right turn towards Bolingey we detoured up to the Old Station Yard (now an Indus-
trial site). Having celebrated sufficient local history we advanced to the Bolingey Inn for lunch.
Crossing back over the tracks we ascended to Goonhavern via Quarry Road but Dave forgot to
point out the site of the Halt as he was suffering a slow puncture that required regular topping
up with air. Continuing along B3285 (Halt Road) but turning left shortly before the A30
towards Fiddler’s Green with a brief trip down a track towards the site of the former Shepherd’s
Station. Rejoining the road we crossed a further bridge before turning right along Station Road
to Newlyn East. Taking the Mitchell turning (Halt Road) we descended to discover the bridge
marking the location of the Mitchell and Newlyn Halt.
Time to head for home, turning right at Mitchell then sharp right at the top of the hill to reach
the Garage at Carland Cross. Following the Cycle Path to Trispen and crossing the main road
to reach St Allen and return to Truro through the Idless Valley
Riders: Dave and Tom Bennett, Rod Tinson, Chris Fearnley, Niq Carter-Rowe, Terry Rodd
Nigel Andrews and new guy Christopher.
Distance: 64km at an average speed of 16.8km
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