wild west kernow way gravel
Starting near Penzance, the route hugs the coast along clifftops, dipping in and out of beautiful coves and beaches and checks in at the UK’s most westerly point - Land’s End - as well as the southernmost point at the spectacular Lizard Point.
Pass through iconic postcard fishing villages like Mousehole to complete the immersive Cornish experience. As if the exceptional natural beauty is not enough - this 150 mile route around West Cornwall is packed with historical landmarks, iconic mining remnants and Bronze-age monuments.
Base camp nr. Penzance is super accessible by high-speed train from London Paddington. Just let us know your ETA and we'll be there to meet you.
Type: Gravel/off-road cycling
- 3 day tour
- approx. 60 miles x 2 days with chilled beach ride on last day
fitness level: good
- book as individual, pair/group (Min 2 Max 10)
6+ hours of riding and 2,500 ft of climbing per first two days.
Requires good fitness and good riding skills.
your enjoyment - our mission
As passionate cyclists and adventurers ourselves - our mission is to take care of you and ensure you have an unforgettable few days. You just have to take care of getting yourself here and we'll take care of the rest. We have deliberately kept things simple whilst paying attention to every last detail. There's nothing better!
Included in your experience
Wild West Kernow Way is a 3-day self-guided tour.
Take the fast train from London to Penzance Station where we'll meet you for transfer to camp.
Or drive to base camp nr. Marazion/Penzance.
Ride briefings at the beginning of each day and campsite welcome at the end of each stage. GPX routes for each day are provided in advance and we'll walk you through each days riding.
We support and transfer of all the gear you aren't carrying with you on your ride and ensure it gets to your overnight camp before you!
We support you during your ride and are always on hand.
Your pitch is ready for when you arrive after a day’s ride - complete with bell tents, cooking gear, bike maintenance kit, tables, chairs under cover of our iconic boma. To complete the set-up - your very own open fire where you can chill and recount that day's highlights.
We’ll be serving some truly delicious home-made evening meals throughout with vegetarian, GF and vegan options available (all dietary preferences catered for).
Snacks and a selection of brews and non-alcoholic drinks too!
Breakfast on 3 mornings is a delicious home-made bircher muesli, pastries, fruit, fresh coffee and tea.
What's not included
Train fares, parking, lunch and refreshments en-route.
Wild West Kernow way adventure
3 days/ 3 nights itinerary
Cycling and outdoor activity is physically demanding.
A good level of fitness is required for the rides. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete rides and to ensure you have the necessary skill and capability to do so.
You’ll head out of base camp for your first day on the spectacular Cornish peninsula. Riding in a clockwise direction, you'll follow the coast through Penzance and harbour towns like the beautiful Mousehole. Dropping down through coves and onto beaches, there will be ample time to stop for swims and relax before you brave the ascent back up and onto the cliff tops of west Cornwall.
Roll out of camp on quiet country roads which lead back to the south coast, heading in a south-easterly direction. The route then drops down into the picturesque post of Porthleven which wraps around an natural harbour and ramps up sharply to the coastal path providing spectacular view down onto sandy beaches. Wild sandy beaches and sand bar traverses await you on day two, but you'll be well rewarded with sublime scenery and riding.
Option of a shorter chilled coffee run to the nearby picture-perfect beach @ Praa Sands.
Alternatively follow the route north across the spine of West Kernow in the direction of the north coast and Portreath. Remnants and ruins bear testament to the area’s mining legacy as you roll over the hills on rural lanes, quiet byways and mining trails. Finish the day at the fabled St Michaels Mount, unmissable and unforgettable – the monastery dates back to c. 1000 is perched on top of a granite outcrop – accessible via the causeway at low tide. It is a fitting highlight which marks the end of the West Kernow Way.