In an attempt to up our mileage in readiness for things like the Ride
London 100 Geoff and I thought we might attempt the Liskeard to Hayle run today – approx 60 miles. It’s a good ride because apart from a bit of a scramble after Truro it is generally a down hill ride and has the benefit of the best fish and chips in Cornwall at the end from Hubbards. The disadvantage is that it requires an early start if you want to get down the Glynn Valley before the lorries get going.
Amazingly Geoff and I were on the road at 5 am. The trouble is that great
minds think alike and the police were also guiding two wide loads along said Glynn Valley at 5.15 am and consequently asked the rest of us to wait while they created a
safe passage for these two massive things. Inspite of being held for 10 mins we arrived at Bodmin Parkway by 5.50 having been passed by just eight larger
vehicles all of which could pass us easily because there was nothing coming the other way.
Then at Costa Victoria at 6.50 (actually before they opened!) and into Truro at 8.50 am – also before the shops opened! The last part of this first phase was helped by the new cycle way into Truro, which is great.
Doing the first 40 miles fairly quickly also meant we could take our time over the more lumpy bits between Truro and Four Lanes – a stretch of about 12 miles.
Today this was much more enjoyable than normal. Essentially there are three hills – one up to Carnon Downs; one to Peranwell Station and one up to Four Lanes. The first two are very doable if you just take your time. The third I have always hated. This time we seemed to take a slightly wrong turn which meant the last four miles were a bit longer but a much easier climb. I hope I can remember the route next time because I plan to keep it as my new easier way down through Cornwall. Hills aside, this is a very pretty part of the ride with amazing headgerows, today full of the pinks of campion and fox gloves.
At Four Lanes the pub has now closed down. However just along the road is a food, drink and cyclists loo stop called: Green Star Natural Store. They now provide hot drinks and delicious organic lunches and they move the picnic tables indoors for cyclists if it is raining. After Four Lanes as far as I can tell it is all down hill to Hayle. We made a stop at Praze an Beeble to sit on the green and doze in the very warm sunshine. The loos there are the cleanest on this trip and on week days the pasty shop, chippy, pub and and Spar shop selling tea are all open – if you fancy a snack.
Just before Hayle we made a short diversion into St Erth a very pretty traditional Cornish village with a Smugglers Arms ph and tea rooms. Then on into Hayle for a shared cream tea at the Courtyard Cafe; a good look round the nick nack shops and then fish and chips from Hubbards eaten on a bench overlooking the estuary. Finally home on the train with the bikes – what a great day and nice to know we can probably tackle 60 miles if we need to.