Day 1: Sat 9 June 2012 Lands End to Fowey
Day 1 will see us cycle from Lands End to Fowey / Bodinnick, covering a distance of 64 miles – a short first day to ease us into it! We will increase the distance to an average of approximately 80 miles per day after this though. We will be travelling along the A30 to Penzance, and then use B and minor roads wherever possible.
Following the coast road out of Penzance to Marzion, we will cross the A394 on to the B3280 as far as Four Lanes. We will then take a left on the minor road around the reservoir to Stithians. Following this we will be passing through Perranarworthal and Peranwell (keeping the A39 to the right) to Carnon Downs. Taking a left out of the downs, we will join the B3289 to King Harry ferry crossing (the first of 2 on this day). Due east after the ferry to the A3078 and following this and B3287 to pick up the A390 around St Austell, we will then take a right onto the A3082 to the B3269, then across on to Passage Lane (B3296), finally making it to Fowey and the ferry across to Bodinnick.
The 2 ferry crossings on route provide some respite from the cycling. The King Harry ferry is an iconic part of Cornwall’s history, being established in 1888, and connects Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula with Feock, Truro and Falmouth by avoiding the alternative 27 mile route though Truro and Tresillian. One of only 5 chain ferries in England, it departs every 20 minutes from each side, 7 days a week.
The Fowey to Bodinnick car ferry provides easy access between mid and east Cornwall. The car ferry operates all year and provides a continuous service leaving every 10 – 15 minutes during hours of operation. The ferry can accommodate foot passengers, cycles, motor homes, mini buses and small lorries to a maximum of 10 tonnes.
The terrain on the first day is best described as “rolling”, with a few steep hills and one bigger climb around the 25 mile mark! Once we have completed the days cycling, we will be camping at the Penmarlam Caravan and Camp site.