The summer may be over and the weather may be turning but that doesn’t mean you should avoid heading down to sunny Cornwall. In fact, now is probably one of the best times to visit as you can avoid the crowds of summer tourists while still (think positive) experiencing some decent weather.
If you’re after some decent riding (who isn’t?) then you’ve come to the right place. It may not have the rugged mountains of the north but this 13-mile stretch of the B3306 certainly makes up for it with stunning views of the coast and exhilerating riding.
It’s also worth noting that even though it’s not a mountain pass, it still has plenty of sweeping bends, short straights and tight corners to keep you honest. The great thing about this road is that it has always got something new to throw at you just around the corner. It’s certainly not a ride where you can lose attention.
Another great thing about this ride is that once you’ve had enough of the absorbing S bends and sweeping corners, you’ll be able to explore some of Cornwall’s finest towns, villages and beaches. St Ives is extremely popular with locals and for good reason, while St Just is quaint and well worth sticking around for. For those wanting to relax on glorious, golden sands after the ride, Sennen Cove is just around the corner.
How to do it
For those of you coming down from the north it’s a pretty long slog, but it will certainly be worth it. The most likely route for those that don’t live in Cornwall or Devon will bring you to the M5. From here it is pretty straight forward as you follow it all the way down to Exeter where it stops, but the A30 starts.
The A30 is almost the backbone of Cornwall and it travels through the heart of the county all the way to Land’s End. Of course, you won’t be going that far as you’ll need to turn off toward St Ives once you reach the town of Lelant. As you would imagine, there are countless hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites so it’s easy to make a weekend of it.