info for a bike tour in Devon and Cornwall, UK?

info for a bike tour in Devon and Cornwall, UK?

Post by Gary Pfeife » Sun, 19 Sep 1999 04:00:00


I am about to undertake a solo bike tour of Devon and Cornwall, and
would appreciate any info anyone can give for places to stay, such as
B&Bs, or country inns, and for sights to see, in those two English
counties.  I will probably hug the northwest coasts of both to start,
going all the way to Tintagel, and then head back through the inland.  

I do know about the supposed ruins of the castle of King Mark, of
Tristan and Isolde fame, at Tintagel, but know very little else about
the region.  So any info about other things to see would be very
welcome.  

I will be out about 6 days, from Sept 27.

Thanks very much.

Gary Pfeifer
Nederland  Colorado  USA

 
 
 

info for a bike tour in Devon and Cornwall, UK?

Post by Martha J. Retalli » Mon, 20 Sep 1999 04:00:00

On Sat, 18 Sep 1999 19:37:14 -0600, Gary Pfeifer

Quote:

>I am about to undertake a solo bike tour of Devon and Cornwall, and
>would appreciate any info anyone can give for places to stay, such as
>B&Bs, or country inns, and for sights to see, in those two English
>counties.  I will probably hug the northwest coasts of both to start,
>going all the way to Tintagel, and then head back through the inland.  

>I do know about the supposed ruins of the castle of King Mark, of
>Tristan and Isolde fame, at Tintagel, but know very little else about
>the region.  So any info about other things to see would be very
>welcome.  

>I will be out about 6 days, from Sept 27.

Greetings from a long way from Cornwall from someone who is of Cornish
descent! Here's what I know about cycling in Cornwall:

Not much.

My visit to Cornwall was orchestrated by my third cousin and her
husband back in the 1970s. Husband was a great driver, and he loved to
take all of Cornwall's highways and byways at top speed. What I
learned during our informal Grand Prix is this:

Cornwall is quite hilly, so gear your bike LOW.

As for finding places to stay, this shouldn't be any great problem, as
just about every village has at least one bed -n- breakfast.

People? Well, we're Celts. We're not aloof like the English. In fact,
we're a lot like the Irish. So expect to have your ear talked off. We
love a good story, so allow some time to hear us tell them.

Climate? Cornwall is rainy, like the rest of Britain, but the climate
is much more temperate than say, London. In fact, my late-great cousin
and her husband had palm trees growing in their yard.

For more information on bicycling in Britain, check out the Cyclists
Touring Club. They're on the web -- I've forgotten where -- and a
search engine can turn them up for you.

Good luck and have fun,
Martha Retallick

Catalina Bicycle Shop
2310 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719

Phone: (520) 326-7377
Hours: M-F 9:00-6:00
Saturdays 9:00-5:00
Closed Sundays

 
 
 

info for a bike tour in Devon and Cornwall, UK?

Post by Thomas All » Wed, 22 Sep 1999 04:00:00

On Sat, 18 Sep 1999 19:37:14 -0600, Gary Pfeifer

Quote:

>I am about to undertake a solo bike tour of Devon and Cornwall, and
>would appreciate any info anyone can give for places to stay, such as
>B&Bs, or country inns, and for sights to see, in those two English
>counties.  I will probably hug the northwest coasts of both to start,
>going all the way to Tintagel, and then head back through the inland.  

>I do know about the supposed ruins of the castle of King Mark, of
>Tristan and Isolde fame, at Tintagel, but know very little else about
>the region.  So any info about other things to see would be very
>welcome.  I will be out about 6 days, from Sept 27.

Gary, I've done that route many years ago. With good weather you
should have a great time. But aren't you being very optimistic about
your ability to do this in six days?  As far as places to stay--this
is the least of your worries. No, I cannot recommend any particular
place to stay, but I can assure you that whereever you are, there is a
B&B within several hundred feet of you and it'll probably be your most
economical option for overnights.  Local pubs will be an excellent
choice for dinner.  Slow down, enjoy!