You know things are getting serious when friends ask you to go on holiday and your first thought is ‘can we bring the bikes?’ Cornwall was where we were headed and there was lots of fun to be had, from natural single track to trail centres and coast line adventure.
After one too many days exploring the Cornwall coast with friends by foot it was time to head off on the bikes. Not knowing what to expect we headed out on a short drive from our cottage in Bude to Lanhydrock Bike Trails, we were just getting into mountain biking and this was recommended as place to start for beginners. We started on the blue trails and peddled off into the woods with smiles on our faces happy to get on the bikes. There was a good mixture of single track with some technical bits which progressed onto some exciting flowy sections. Each trail only 1-2 miles which got us bursting with excitement, not much work for the legs but all the fun you want on a trail. The short trails with some technical bits got our confidence up and it wasn’t long before we headed for The Saw Pit, graded red. As we were beginners at this point we felt this trail had a lot of technical features, probably wouldn’t be too much bother for a regular mountain biker but this was good for us and we were loving getting stuck in. We were then rewarded when the track headed down, the decent breaks off into two tracks allowing you to ride side by side racing your friends to the finish. Nothing beats a bit of healthy husband and wife competition. These trails are really good for people just getting into mountain biking or people looking to session small sections and work on technique as the trails are short and you are able to ride them several times in one session without getting too tired. Just one day here and we really pushed our limits and was able develop our skills a great deal. We worked up quite an appetite and just had to stop by the cafe at the base of the trails for a lovely brew and great cake. A day of shredding the trails, great cake and we even made it back to the local pub for a beer before last orders.
The trail centre got us all geared up and raring to go, the next day we were up early for some real mountain bike action and we decided to go out and find some natural single track along the coast line. I mapped a great route from Bude taking in some amazing views. The route had it all from stunning beaches, natural single track and we even enjoyed the odd bit of country road with spectacular views across Cornwall.
We definitely had us an adventure, with up hills that tested our fitness, views that blew our mind and amazing descents that really got the adrenaline going leaving us hungry for more.
We joined the single track taking us along the coast feeling the sea breeze and enjoying every minute, this was better than we could have expected. By lunch we had gone from country road to natural single track, from a Bude to Sandymouth Beach, a mixture of sand, pebble and rock beach complete with waterfall and a lovely Cornish pasty lunch with as much fun and exciting riding as we could handle in between.
As we headed back in the late afternoon we stopped by Widemouth Bay, a lovely sandy beach, that we had all to ourselves. The weather hadn’t been brilliant with a lot of grey skies and showers but as we got to the beach the sun made a brief appearance and we enjoyed the last bit of daylight with blue sky and a lovely brew after a great day riding watching the tide as the sun started to go down, we were in heaven.
We rolled slowly home as the legs started to tire and being greeted by these big excited grass puppies made my day 😀
If all this wasn’t enough Mr Beer Yeti had got us a little something to see in the last night, a few cans of Magic Rocks, Highwire Grapefruit IPA. After putting in the miles on the bike this was spot on – Oh how I do love to be beside the sea… this is whats its all about #BikingForBeers
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