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New UK cycling route: 150-mile Cornish cycle route to open in the autumn

Daily Express logo Daily Express 04/05/2021 Emily Hodgkin
a man riding on the back of a bicycle: A man cycling © GETTY A man cycling

Cycling fans will be thrilled to know a new cycling route is opening. The route will begin at West Kernow Way begins and end in Penzance.

The ride will take in a number of England's most beautiful sights.

It will be named the West Kernow Way and will take riders four days to complete.

On the journey, they will be treated to gorgeous views of the coast, an insight into England's industrial history, and Bronze Age monuments.

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Prepare to see Land's End and Lizard Point, the former the most westerly place in mainland England, the latter the most southerly.

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There will also be views of St Michael's Mount, an impressive island castle.

The route covers quiet country roads and bridleways.

Cycling UK has been developing the project for over a year.

Tin mine engine houses on the cliffs at Botallack and the open-air Minack Theatre will be on the train.

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As will the Men-an-Tol, the standing stones, and castle Carn Brea.

Cycling UK's campaign officer, Sophie Gordon, said: "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.

"Cornwall's climate makes it attractive for cycle touring and bike packing outside of the traditional peak summer months.

a group of men on a field: The standing stones © GETTY The standing stones

"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 route could form the basis of the splendid British summer trip.

UK trips have boomed since the coronavirus pandemic.

a flower in a body of water: Penzance © GETTY Penzance

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