Day 3 - Harlyn Bay to Okehampton

Distance67.4 mi
Time6h33m
Average Speed10.3 mph
Ascent1449 m
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Day 2 - St Ives to Harlyn Bay

Day 4 - Okehampton to Huntstile

20090518

 

Comments

Follow NCN route into Padstow and onto the Camel Trail. This offers excellent and easy offroad cycling on a good surface even in the wet (although it gets a bit gritty and the bikes get filthy!). Follow it all the way to the end at Wenford Bridge. Then a long steep climb into St Breward which has an excellent café in the Post Office. The single track road across the edge of Bodmin Moor is pretty easy with nothing too steep. The road to Launceston via Egloskerry is preferable to the busy A395, there is one longish climb before Launceston. Don't go all the way into town over the river bridge, turn onto the A388 and then onto the minor road shortly afterwards up the hill. This will get you to the old A30 at Lifton avoiding most of the A388. Farm shop with refreshments at Lifton. We found the old A30 rather busy with cars and lorries, it's also undulating. I would turn into Bridestowe and follow the NCN signs to the A386, the track up to the Granite Way is steep and very rough. You can join it a little further along the A386 if you prefer on the level. The Granite Way has gentle gradients and has a tarmac surface.

There is camping at the YHA in Okehampton at the railway station right on the Granite Way. If that is unavailable (as it was when we were there) you can pitch a tent on the grass outside the Filter House, another part of the YHA a short distance away. Do not take directions from the staff that take you to the bottom of the hill and back up a very steep hill to find it though. Retrace your steps along the Granite Way past the Army Cadet building and then go over the railway and A30 bridges. Facilities are brand new and excellent, lounge, kitchen and bathrooms.

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