Wednesday 10th May, 2017 – Geoff and I begin our 2017 longer rides with a beautiful trip down to Truro; gorgeous weather; home on the train – an update on train travel with your bicycle

For the second half of our ride,  click here  Total ride 40 miles;  climb approx. 500 m

Such a lovely ride – the only draw back being that it requires a very early start in order to cycle along the Glynn Valley safely and without holding up the traffic.  Still, the sun was on its way up as we set off up to Doublebois and the day felt fresh and beautiful with the absolute profusion of wild flowers we have this spring.  Along the Glynn Valley, just so beautiful when it is almost traffic free and you can enjoy the bird song – safely arriving at Bodmin Parkway about 6.15 am.  Time for a loo stop, a cereal bar and to pick up a train timetable for the planned journey back from Truro by train.

On through Lanhydrock, weaving our way through the cattle wandering casually along the drive way and between the banks of wild garlic; along Sustrans Route 3 past Lanivet and up, again along traffic free roads to Cornwall Services for our cheese and tomato toastie with our coffees.

Then on over Goss Moor – a mass of yellow gorse and the fluting sounds of willow warblers and down the empty B3270 to Ladock post office for another tea stop and to stock up on locally made jams for our B and B guests.

Finally, the last 7 miles into Truro, using the new cycle way once we reached the A390.

In Truro we walked through the town up to the Inner Tide Cyclists Café (discount for cyclists and the most beautiful setting) for our brunch.

A quick call into Clive Mitchell to stock up on electrolytes and gels;  also a bit of shopping in Holland and Barrett; and more art materials from The Works – then up the hill to the station and onto the 12.20 back to Liskeard for something like £6 each.  (GWR has significantly improved the system for taking bicycles on the train again.  Their published timetables now make it very clear which trains need pre booking – not many do require this during the day – and where they do, you can now book up to one hour before the train goes – a whole lot easier than it had been).

What a brilliant morning.  Next ride for Geoff and me?  We think we might take the bikes on the train to Ivybridge, cycle back along the Dartmoor Way to Yelverton and then down the Plym Valley Trail to Plymouth and train home.  Also like the idea of cycling to St. Agnes – spending the morning pottering on the beach and then back to Newquay for the train home again.


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