Day 2: St Austell to Mortenhampstead 70 miles (+5,580 ft)

This was labelled one of the toughest day’s of the tour and it was!!

It was a beautiful day and the scenery was stunning. There were quiet country lanes and many short, sharp steep hills. The cover picture is the view over to Plymouth.

We enjoyed two great ferry crossings today:

  1. The Bodinnick Ferry to cross the River Fowey

With the first brew stop of the day being in the lovely Cornish seaside town of Looe where Darren had managed to secure prime spot in the Car Park.

2. The Cremyll Ferry to Plymouth.

Another great lunch venue today at The Waterfront and then we got a bit lost trying to find our way through Plymouth as a footbridge over the water was closed.


The Plym Valley cycleway took us up on to Dartmoor. Whilst cycling along this disused railway track we had the privilege of doing a little bird watching.

Peregrine falcons have been breeding at Cann Quarry in Plymbridge Woods for about 50 years. Volunteers keep watch over their nests and they were happy to let us look at the chicks through their binoculars.

Cycling over Dartmoor was beautiful but exhausting.

The sheep and ponies were a good distraction but we had to remember that they were very unpredictable when it came to crossing roads! But we were rewarded with an epic location for the afternoon brew stop on top of Dartmoor!!

Darren said the last 7 miles were all downhill to Mortenhampstead!! It was such a hard last 7 miles after what was a very long hot day.

We were so exhausted by the end. How on earth are we going to get up tomorrow and cycle another 80+ miles!!! Thankfully a lovely meal and bed in a great Hotel helped.


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