The West Kernow Way –
Cycling UK Announce New
Long Distance Cycle Route

150 Mile Cornish Cycle Route to launch in September

Cycling UK  have just announced a new long distance, off-road cycle route taking in some of the best of the Cornish countryside. The West Kernow Way is a 150 mile, off-road loop, which starts in Penzance and is designed to be tackled over 3 or 4 days.

Opening in September in an effort to avoid the summer cycling rush, the route works it’s way by Botallack tin mines , the Bronze Age stone formation of Mên-an-Tol , the most westerly point in England at Land’s End  and the most southernly at Lizard Point , as well as St. Michael’s Mount  and many other places of interest in western Cornwall.

Here’s what Sophie Gordon, the Cycling UK campaigns officer responsible for the creation of the new route, had to say…
“With the West Kernow Way, Cycling UK wants to create an experience for the visiting cyclist. The landscape has so much to offer, from the natural beauty of Lizard Point to the wilds of the north coast, but we want to dive into the culture and history of Cornwall too.

“The benefit of cycling off-road along the West Kernow Way is that you will steer clear of the crowds, and be able to visit the sites and find the hidden gems of Cornwall, all without filling the lanes with another car. There’s no doubt about it, it will be a challenging ride – but that’s even more of an excuse to tuck into the excellent Cornish cuisine!”

“Cornwall’s climate makes it attractive for cycle touring and bikepacking outside of the traditional peak summer months,” said Sophie Gordon. “Cycling UK’s intention with our new route is to give people a reason to visit the county when it’s less busy. Not only is that a good opportunity to avoid the crowds and limit risk of infection, but it can also help encourage a more sustainable tourism programme which is year-round rather than concentrated in one peak period.”

The West Kernow Way joins the 150 mile North Downs Way , the 800 mile Great North Trail  and the 220 mile King Alfred’s Way as the latest of Cycling UK’s long distance off-road rides. At the moment they’re also working on new routes in Norfolk and Kent. Keep an eye on our blog for more news on those as soon as it breaks.

If you’d like to one of the first to ride the West Kernow Way, get in touch via our Personalised Adventures  page and we’ll get you all sorted.

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