New Cornish 150-Mile Cycle Route Opens in Fall | Cornwall
A new Cornish cycle route that encompasses some of the UK’s most spectacular coastal scenery, along with old industrial works and Bronze Age landmarks, is set to open in the fall.
Called the West Kernow Way, the 150 mile route begins and ends in Penzance and is designed to last four days.
The charity Cycling United Kingdom has been working for over a year on the development of the project, plotting a route using bridleways, roads and quiet stretches of country roads.
Cyclists will also be able to visit the extraordinary standing stones Melan-Tol and Carn Brea, the castle and the hilltop monument.
Sophie Gordon, Cycling UK Campaign Manager, said: “The landscape has a lot to offer, from the natural beauty of Lizard Point to the wilderness of the north coast, but we also want to delve into the culture and history of Cornwall.
“The advantage of off-road cycling along the West Kernow Way is that you will avoid the crowds and be able to tour the sites and find Cornwall’s hidden gems, all without filling the lanes with another car.”
Aware of how busy Cornwall is during the school holidays, Cycling UK intends to kick off the route with a guide and a website as the summer rush on the county draws to a close.
“Cornwall’s climate makes it attractive for cycle touring and racing bikes outside of the traditional peak summer months,” said Gordon.
“Cycling UK’s intention with our new route is to give people a reason to visit the county when it is less crowded. Not only is this a good opportunity to avoid crowds and limit the risk of infection, but it can also help encourage a more sustainable tourism program, which lasts all year round rather than focusing on a peak period. .
Cycle tourism in the UK generates £ 520million a year, according to the charity. Over a million overnight trips per year typically benefit small businesses in particular.
Last year Cycling UK launched a 220km route called King Alfred’s Way which officially begins and ends at the ninth century King of Wessex Statue in Winchester and runs through parts of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and from Surrey.