......... And saddle sore
20.07.2012 - 23.07.2012 20 °C
After yet another hearty full cornish breakfast at the crown inn we set off in the car with the bikes and parked up at the burrough pub near bodmin and more importantly the camel trail. Unloaded our bikes and off we set along the trail towards wadebridge. It was chilly at first as we were almost in complete shade along this dappled disused railway line running alongside the river. We soon warmed up although the cycling wasn't arduous as the track is pretty level. We were dawdling along enjoying the scenery and the miles just tripped past. Before we knew it we were in wadebridge. This is a major point for people to join the trail and there are several bike hire shops ready with everything from kids cycles to three wheelers and tandems. We continued along the trail beside the river towards padstow. This section was far less covered with trees and a lot sunnier. It was also more popular and as well as cyclists there were serious walkers and dog walkers. There are some great views along this stretch. Again the path was flat and we soon arrived at the cycle park outside Rick Steins and locked up our bikes for the short stroll into the centre of padstow. As we'd eaten in padstow the night before we chose to take the short ferry crossing to rock. £3 each return. The tide was out and low so we disembarked on the wide expanse of sandy beach and strolled along the seafront. 3 bar restaurants and that's rock. We chose rock road bar and grill with a first floor terrace with views of the beach and estuary. Jo ate a rare cornish beef salad with horse radish dressing and I selected chicken and bacon and swapped the honey mustard dressing for a sweet chlli mayo. Both were absolutely cooked to perfection and were delicious. Nourished, we set off for the wide expanse of sand. We walked a good way along the estuary and settled for a spot among the sand dunes - so picturesque. Jo nodded, I took photos. The return ferry ride was even shorter than the first as the tide was now too low for the ferry to get back to padstow harbour and it again dropped us on the beach just ouside. We strolled up and down this side of the estuary taking in the views on the opposite side and returned to padstow for a well earned cream tea. The ride back seemed a little longer and we calculated the day's cycling had covered about 22 miles.