We are just back from a lovely week staying in Sennen Cove, near Land's End, Cornwall. I took my hybrid bike so that I could get some training in for my charity bike in the summer. We had lovely weather for most of the week, although an easterly wind meant that it was quite chilly on your bike. My biggest challenge of the week was attempting to cycle up the hill out of Sennen Cove. I managed to achieve this at the third attempt, and was absolutely delighted at my success. Any one who knows Sennen will realise that this is a very steep hill. So it shows how my fitness has improved thanks to my cycling at weekends and my spinning classes at Expert Fitness.
My favourite ride of the week was from Sennen to St Ives. This is about 20 miles but features several decent hills and was directly in to the wind. So in my mind this was nearer a 30 mile ride in Oxfordshire terms. The route follows the North Cornish coast along the B3306. The road passes highlights the historic nature of this coast from Anciet Sites through to tin mines. The coast here is very rugged, with beautiful views across moorland to the sea. The last part of the ride is all down hill in to the tourist and artist town that is St.Ives today.
One of the other bike rides was along National Cycle Route 3 from Sennen through St Buryan to Lamorna Cove. Lamorna Cove is a beatiful spot near Mousehole. Very secluded valley that leads down to pretty harbour with a waterfall.
So hopefully my fitness was maintained and I didn't do too much damage with the pints and pasties after my bike rides. I'm now looking forward to getting my new road bike form AW Cycles soon and learning how to use cleats etc.
Happy Cycling, Phil
Member since: 9th July 2012
Hi, We are Phil and Gill Chappell. We own the Best of Henley-on-Thames. We live in Henley so would love to hear your views and opinions about all things Henley.