Friday, 22 June 2018

Back from our fantastic MC road trip: 736 miles across Devon & Cornwall


Kim & I have had a brilliant four days touring South West England. I planned the journey based on routes from the great book: Bikers' Britain (make sure you get the spiral bound version - handy!).

Day 1: Denmead, Winchester, Salisbury, Blandford Forum, Yeovil, Dorchester, Honiton, Exeter (Lunch @ The New Inn Alphington), Totnes, Dartmouth (Best Western Golf & Spa).

Day 2: Dartmouth, (Ferry) Kingswear,  Paignton, Torquay, Totnes, Plymouth, Polperro, Polruan > Fowey (Ferry), Par, Charlestown (Lunch @ Pier House Hotel), St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Lizard, St Just (Bosavern Guest House). The sea mist was coming in by the end of the day!

Day 3: Lands End, Penzance, St Ives, Hale, Portreath, Newquay, Padstow (Rick Stein's Pasties!), St Issey (The Pickwick Inn), Port Issac, Delabole, Bideford, Ilfracombe (Marine Court Guest House). Half of this day was affected by heavy sea mist & made making progress really hard, so we ended up dropping a few of our planned stops.

Day 4: Lynton, Lynmouth (25% incline to the harbour - mad!!!), Simonsbath, Taunton, Leigh Common (Hunters Inn Lodge), A303, Amesbury, Stonehenge, Andover, Winchester, Bishops Waltham, Denmead.

736 miles in a car sounds easy, doesn't it? 10 hours (ish) at motorway speeds... So why do it on the bike & take four days to do it? This is why

Route guidance was via my Garmin Zumo 390LM, which again was glitching on power. Fortunately I discovered that some lip salve helps settle the electrical connection!

All overnight stops were arranged during our trip, on the fly, using Booking.com on my smartphone - which works brilliantly! Fancy trying Booking.com & saving on your 1st booking? Get 10% of your booking back after your trip using this link - enjoy!