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Castle on St Michael's Mount viewed from the coast, Penzance, Cornwall
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Cornwall is getting a stunning new 150-mile cycle route

The West Kernow Way will take in Cornish landmarks including Land’s End and St Michael’s Mount

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson
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Opportunities for international travel from the UK this summer continue to look pretty sketchy. Luckily, with its rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, fabulous seafood restaurants and creative locals, Cornwall is pretty much the new Ibiza. And from September there’ll be yet another reason to pay a visit to the southwest, as a mammoth new Cornish cycle route opens to the public.

Named the West Kernow Way (although we prefer the Tour de Penzance) the 150-mile circular route will take in a big chunk of Cornwall’s striking coastal landscape. Beginning and ending in Penzance, the route passes Land’s End and the tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, as well as the Botallack tin mines and the Bronze Age monument Mên-an-Tol.

It’s expected to take four days to complete, and is set to instantly become one of the UK’s best (and most popular) cycle routes.

The culmination of over a year’s work by Cycling UK, the West Kernow Way is plotted over bridleways, byways and quieter stretches of country road, avoiding the most popular tracks and trails while taking in the best of the southwest’s most spectacular county (sorry, Devon).

So if you’re one of the millions of Brits who bought a bike during last year’s lockdowns, why not take it for a spin around the Cornish Riviera this autumn? On yer bike!

Here’s how to properly take care of the bike you bought in lockdown.

Plus: How to start cycling for fitness (and actually stick with it).

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