Distance: 25 miles Difficulty: Medium
Starting and finishing in Devon, taking in the beautiful views of historic town of Plymouth from Cornwall. This ride also takes in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
This bike ride starts from the main train station in Plymouth, and you soon find yourself at the Torpoint Ferry taking you over to Cornwall from Devon. This area has for centuries been a huge part of England's Naval history, with the Naval training school of HMS Raleigh located in Torpoint, through to Sir Francis Drake spotting the Spanish Armada from the bowling green in Plymouth.
The ride soon circles round this beautiful headland, with some steep but easily manageable ascents on the way to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is settled in the beautiful headland area of Cornwall called the Rame Peninsula. Mount Edgcumbe House was first built in the 1500s and was restored after World War Two. It is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council and is one of the regions most popular historic tourist destinations.
The scenery is absolutely stunning for a bike ride, you are never far away from seeing the coast and you do get rewarded with some fantastic views when you get to the top of the climbs.
A cycle ride around this route is great at any time of year; we were lucky to have a beautiful spring day with this attempt.
After heading through the park and the quaint hamlet of St. John (population of 391 and its church dates back to 1150 AD), you then head towards HMS Raleigh and back to the Torpoint ferry.
Pedestrians and bike are free of charge on this route, what a bargain!!