Difficulty Rating : 5 Start: Bodmin Finish: Bodmin Terrain: Moderate terrain, somewhat hilly days Daily Average: 30km Weekly Average: 50km Tour Type: Self Guided Teaser: Cycle the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall, defined by its sparkling blue seas, rugged coastline, wooded valleys and industrial heritage.
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Cycle the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall, defined by its sparkling blue seas, rugged coastline, wooded valleys and industrial heritage. Ride from ancient Iron Age Villages to the cosmopolitan harbour town of Padstow which boasts the Rick Stein’s mouthwateringly good fish and chips.

From Bodmin pedal the Cornish Way through the tranquil Luxulyan Valley woods and make a side trip to the world’s largest biodomes of "The Eden Project". Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and ride to the traditional fishing village of Mevagissey. Head to Cornwall’s surfing capital Newquay and enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea on the banks of the Camel River. No matter where you end your day, a characterful smugglers pub is always nearby for a locally brewed pint.

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Arrive Bodmin


Centrally located in the heart of Cornwall and equidistant from both the north and south coasts Bodmin is also situated on the western fringes of the rugged and wild Bodmin Moor. Only three miles away from the mainline railway station, (with direct services London), Bodmin is also easily reached by car (approx 4.5hrs drive).

Bodmin - Mevagissey 21 miles


Today’s cycle follows the Cornish Way and provides an intriguing glimpse into the bygone industries of china clay and mining. Along the way, there is also the opportunity to visit the rainforest biodomes of the Eden Project or the magnificent 1000 acres of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. On arrival into the Megavissey, the narrow alleyways, are brimming with charming tea shops, cafes and local inn.

Mevagissey – Truro 23 miles


This morning you will once again be cycling along the Cornish Way. As you leave Mevagissey pedal through the picturesque Roseland peninsula before crossing the River Fal on a small ferry (payable locally). Late on in today’s cycle, you pass the National Trust’s Tressilick Gardens located on the estuary of the River Fal. It has a superb and significant collection of exotic plants and is one of the most popular and famous gardens in all of England.

Truro – Newquay 15 miles

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After breakfast head north to Newquay, the Cornish Capital of surfing! En route pass by tiny thatched-roofed houses, old tin and silver mining towns and through East Newlyn which was once one of these thriving mining villages. You'll also pass Terice, an Elizabethan manor house and a great stop for a Cornish cream. With only a short ride today there is plenty of time, to explore the coastal town and beach of Newquay.

Newquay – Padstow 21 miles


Your route today follows country lanes to St Columb Major, before heading north towards the coast. You can stop for lunch in Constantine Bay with views over the blue waters of Trevose Head. Alternatively, take a shorter route to the charming town of Padstow renowned for Rick Stein's acclaimed fish and chip and gourmet restaurants (The Seafood Restaurant, St Pedroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Café or Steins Fish & Chips). Seafood heaven

Padstow to Bodmin 13 miles


Your route today follows the Camel Cycle, a cycle route that initially takes you alongside the Camel Estuary, abundant with wildlife. This official national trail was built on a disused railway track, originally the Atlantic Express Rail Route from London to the West Country. Upon reaching Wadebridge the trail then goes through the woodland countryside of the Camel Valley and into Bodmin, where you will spend your final night.

This tour finishes after breakfast next morning.

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Day 1 & 6 westberryhotel is a newly refurbished hotel with panoramic views over the Bodmin countryside. The rooms are fresh and spacious with good views. There is also a nice bar. This the perfect place to stay and explore the country side.

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Day 2 - honeycombe house Bed and Breakfast, is a family run Victorian house situated a few minutes walk from the centre of the 14th Century picturesque working fishing village of Mevagissey. 



Day 3 - mannings hotels is a stylish and mode place with a transitional English welcome. Nestled in the heart of the town with all the restaurants and local pubs a short walk away     

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Day 4 St beards guesthouse is a stylish townhouse in the centre of the town with a sauna and stylish rooms. The ideal place to relax after a day on the bike or explore the town.

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Day 5 golden lion padstow is a traditional Guesthouse nestled in the heart of the town. With a lovely bar with a open fire you are sure to enjoy your time here.

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Getting to and from Bodmin

Bodmin does not have an airport but is easily accessible from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station, which is only 3 miles away. There are direct trains links with London Paddington (4hrs 30 mins) and Bristol Temple Meads (3hrs 30mins). More information on train times and schedules can be found on the National Rail website.

London Paddington provides a direct train connection to London Heathrow Airport From Paddington, you can also combine the London Underground with overland train services for travel to London Gatwick Airport (south London), London Stanstead (northeast of London) and London Luton (north-west of London).

Bristol Temple Meads train station connects to Bristol Airport via a direct shuttle bus.

If you are arriving into Bodmin by train, taxis on arrival are available outside the train station. Alternatively, we can arrange the short taxi transfer for you.

You can find further information about train times and schedules on the National Rail

2022 Classic Cornwall self guided tour price (Available from 16th April to 1st October)
Low season (April, May, June & September)
€  915  per person sharing
€1505  single room occupancy ( if travelling with others ) 
€1625  solo traveler (if travelling alone)

High season (July & August)
€  970  per person sharing
€1580  single room occupancy (if travelling with others)
€1815  solo traveler (if travelling alone)

Bike hire is not included in tour price:
€210 bike hire
€455 e-bike hire

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Tours can start daily from 1st  April to 1st October

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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
  • To secure a booking the Company or their agent requires a completed booking form and the necessary deposit. (Full payment if travel within 60 days). The first named client must be over 18 years of age. Clients booking by telephone, by website/E-mail or fax will be deemed to have signed the booking form and read and accepted our terms of booking. The person signing, or being deemed to sign, the booking form warrants that he/she has full authority to do so on behalf of all persons whose names appear thereon, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions.
  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
  • Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on the tour with the company. If in the opinion of such persons the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour without refund or recompense. In the case of ill health the company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. If you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect you or affect other people’s enjoyment or active participation of the tour, you must advise us at the time of booking. No refund will be given for any unused services.
  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
  • Bike Hire: The equipment including all accessories supplied is let out on hire. The equipment remains the property of the company and the Client will not sell, hire out or otherwise part with the possessions thereof.

    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.