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Marazion to Hayle and St Ives

Ride Description: 

A ’Coast-to-Coast’ ride which takes in a rich variety of Cornish scenery. It crosses the narrowest point of Penwith from Marazion, with its famous castle on St. Michael's Mount, to the Atlantic beaches of St. Ives, returning by quiet lanes across moors and through fertile wooded valleys. There is a short, but steep, climb out of Marazion, and a long, steep pull out of St.Ives to Towendnack. The reward, apart from the scenery, is a long down»hill run on the return journey. Refreshment facilities are available at Marazion, St. Ives, Hayle, St. Erth, Lelant and Carbis Bay.

Route Instructions and details: 

Start: Godolphin Arms Hotel, Marazion.

Proceed opposite up Beacon Road passing Memorial Gardens and up Rosehill. Continue on to top to descend and bear left under the bypass to Gwallon.

Turn right for St. Erth, cross the river Hayle in St. Erth and turn immediately left, passing the Pitch & Put Golf course. Under the bypass and turn immediately right. Take the next turning left to descend into Foundry Square, Hayle. Return to St. Erth is by the same route.

Turn right over river and next right towards Railway Station.

Turn right onto A30 and proceed for 300 yds to roundabout, bear left and drop down to mini.-roundabout. Turn right and after about. 200 yds turn left into te Railway ‘Park & Ride’. Pass through opening onto metalled road at Lelant Saltings. Follow estuary, passing Railway Halt to St. Uny Church. Continue towards St. Ives, passing Golf Club, until meeting A3074 main road.

Turn right and continue to St. Ives approximately 1 mile.

Leave St. Ives on the B3306, climbing through the town.

On the outskirts, turn left on to B3311 and in about 50 yards turn right into Towednack Road. Climb steadily for about 3/4 mile and descend to ‘T’ junction.

Turn left for approx. 200 yds and turn right, signposted Embla & Georgia. Further climb before descending through the valley to Nancledra (B3311) .Turn right and after 50 yds turn left to follow valley down to Crowlas. Turn left to busy A30. Using Pedestrian controlled crossing some 200 yds to the left, cross over into Rosepeath Lane.

Follow signs back to Marazion to complete the ride.

Ride Distance: 
Total round-trip distance: 21 miles
(or 34 km)