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Guide to beautiful North Cornwall bike rides

Posted by Rebecca Jackson on Mar 23, 2018

Routes for cycling novices and seasoned pros

Come rain or shine, we’d recommend exploring the beautiful North Cornish countryside and coastline by bike. Whether you’re a cycling novice or a seasoned pro, there’s a route, terrain and distance to suit most abilities.

The expansive Widemouth Bay in North Cornwall is the perfect location for your cycling holiday. Located on the rugged Atlantic coast, there are enough exciting cycle routes to keep even the most energetic groups entertained. Just minutes from the beach and the myriad of nearby bike trails, our luxury beach house The Retreat sleeps up to 8 guests, and makes a relaxing base for action-packed holidays.

With some help from the fantastic Bude Bikes, we’ve selected the top four cycle routes near Widemouth Bay. Click on the links to download a detailed map and instructions on the route.

Beautiful Atlantic views

Perfect for families with younger children, this straightforward 5 mile route will take you through Widemouth, Whalesborough and Upton. With beautiful views across the Atlantic, you’ll want to make plenty of stops along the way to take photographs.

Time to refuel: we’d recommend taking a break at the newly refurbished Widemouth Bay Cafe.

Rural Cornish countryside

This is another lovely short bike ride for families or novice cyclists. The route will take you around the quiet lanes, local villages and farms between Bude and Helebridge. This circuit is ideal for those wanting to spend time exploring the Cornish countryside away from the coast.

Time to refuel: between Helebridge and Bude you’ll find the excellent River Life Cafe and Bistro, ever popular with cyclists.

Short and sweet

This short cycle ride takes you through the small seaside resort of Bude before heading further north along the coast. Famous for its pastel painted beach huts and golden sands, this friendly town is well worth a stopover. The route will take you as far as Northcott Mouth, a ruggedly beautiful rocky cove that transforms into a lovely sandy beach at low tide.

Time to refuel: for the ultimate Cornish Cream Tea, make a stop at Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden. This charming café overlooks the sea, and is a stunning spot to take a break mid-ride.

A challenging coast and countryside adventure

If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, this adventurous 17 mile route is well worth a try. Taking you through picturesque woodland, along tranquil bridle paths and around winding country lanes, you’ll discover the diverse mix of landscapes in Cornwall. Mid-ride you’ll arrive at Morwenstow, the northernmost Cornish village; don’t forget to look out for the historic Hawker’s Hut perched precariously on a cliff edge.

Time to refuel: if you need a well-earned break halfway through the route, we’d recommend a visit to the award winning Rectory Farm Tearoom at Morwenstow.

The perfect base

Sleeping up to 8 guests, The Retreat is just minutes from the expansive Widemouth Bay, and less than three miles from Bude. This beautiful seaside sanctuary makes a fantastic base for action-packed holidays.

Posted by Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca is the real foodie of the marketing team. When she’s not spending her weekends at the spa, she’ll be booking her next cookery masterclass or writing a round-up of the best seafood restaurants in the South West.

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