Explore Cornwall by Motorbike
Cornwall has so much to offer and makes for a fantastic place for scenic motorcycle rides. Offering many areas of 'outstanding natural beauty', Cornwall has many winding roads with scenic backdrops people dream of. We have handpicked some of our favourite routes down here in the Southwest.
TOP 5 SCENIC MOTORBIKE ROUTES IN CORNWALL
One of our favourite and top of our list, is St. Ives to Lands End. Steeped in mining heritage this route provides breathtaking views out to the Atlantic. Whilst we start in St. Ives, fear not, you won’t be amongst the tourist crowds long!
Head south west out of the town on the B3306 and cruise; you’ll go through Zennor, Pendeen and St Just all whilst hugging the stunning Cornish coastline with panoramic scenes and fresh sea air for miles.
You’ll end up at Land’s End, where you can take a moment getting lost in the views across the vast Atlantic before grabbing a few snaps to make your friends jealous while they queue for expensive fudge on their holiday.
The Roseland Peninsula
The Roseland Peninsula, typically known for its popular destination of St. Mawes, is often an undiscovered gem. Lucky for you, we will let you in to the secret. Quieter roads, this area of Cornwall provides winding single roads leading to the more rugged coastline and remote treasures such as Pendower, Carne, Veryan and Portloe. Be sure to pop in to Sam's on The Roseland for a pit stop. Serving up great burgers this is a great place to stop. Situated on Chenoweths Business Park, there are several other small businesses to peruse. If you're after something a little more sophisticated, we highly recommend the Hidden Hut!..be sure to book though! On your way back, why not get the King Harry Ferry, this serves as a great photo opportunity and experience altogether!
Newquay to Padstow
Don't be fooled by the stag/hen reputation, Newquay is a stunning coastline and offers some great views along with some fantastic eateries and small businesses, ours included of course! Home to our HQ, a short stones throw from the centre of Newquay town, we are the perfect place to start your journey. Grab a coffee, familiarise yourself with the route and chat bike. After a coffee to kick start you, you'll make your way towards Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth. As you meander down the hill to Watergate you will have breathtaking sea views to your left. Make your way towards Padstow via the Seven Bays of Porthcothan, Constantine, Treyarnon, Booby’s Bay, Mother Ivey’s, Harlyn and Trevone.
Tintagel to Bude
Supposed birth place of King Arthur, begin in Tintagel. You will head to Bude on an incredible scenic route, make sure you have your camera! High up on the cliff tops you will have far reaching views out to the Atlantic Ocean. Take a detour and explore the museum of Witchcraft and Magic along the way. Once you reach Bude, head to The Lock Gate Cafe. This is the mecca for bikers and serves as a biker night on Wednesday's.
St Austell - Mount Edgcumbe
Time it right and this journey could act as the perfect all-weekend adventure. Mount Edgcumbe hosts The Armchair Adventure Festival in July/August each year. Armchair Adventure Festival | Join us for the adventure So be sure to pack your tent and toothbrush! A great motorbike and adventure lifestyle festival, you can be sure of a good time with live music, hosted workshops, talks and well-being classes.
Leaving St Austell, you will make your way towards the quaint coastal town of Fowey, there you will catch the Fowey Ferry over to Bodinnick. Situated up a steep hill is the Old Ferry Inn, if you're feeling thirsty, stop for a drink and a bite to eat in this traditional Cornish pub. Head along the Polperro coast towards Looe. Exiting Looe, you will head to No Man's Land. Drop back toward the stunning coast to Seaton, Downderry and Whitsand Bay and make your way out towards Rame Head and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park. From here you will have views over to the naval base and Royal William Yard in Plymouth.
Whilst the law only stipulates a helmet must be worn when riding a motorbike. We strongly recommend being protected head to toe. Make sure you are wearing an appropriate jacket, gloves, trousers and footwear. There are many different levels of protection to consider.. find out more in our detailed section of 'WHAT IS PROTECTIVE MOTORBIKE GEAR'
First things first... CBT. Compulsory Basic Training is required for motorbikes 125cc and under for you to be able to ride on the road. Some people prefer to have a few lessons before, but this is personal preference. Find a local training centre and enquire about their CBT's. We recommned that prior to riding, you get clued up with what to wear. Look at our advice on what to wear below.
There are several motorbike meet up's held most days each week. In Cornwall these are:
TUESDAY'S - THE BEARDED BREWERY
WEDNESDAY'S - CHEQUERED FLAG, LISKEARD
THURSDAY'S - CHAPTER 1, INDIAN QUEENS
This can be a good place to meet people. There are also many festivals:
THE WOMEN IN MOTO EXHIBITION - UTTOXETER - STAFFORDSHIRE
THE ARMCHAIR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL - TORPOINT, DEVON
THE ADVENTURE BIKE RIDER FESTIVAL - RAGLEY HALL, WARWICKSHIRE
CAMP VC, WOMXN ONLY MOTORBIKE AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL - WALES
Facebook Groups are another!... for the women in Cornwall, we recommend. PHOENIX and KERNOW MOTORCYCLE MAIDENS. For the men in to American iron.. THE WILD SOUTHWEST POSSE
Or why not pop into Newquay and see us and meet other riders in store!
Good to Know
The length of the trip will of course have an impact on what to pack, as well as what environment you are riding in. We recommend packing your essential bike gear along with a light weight waterproof that can be packed away when not in use. Pack water and snacks to keep you going.
Cornwall's Motorbike Lounge. Based in Newquay, we offer the perfect hub to plan your next ride, unwind with a coffee and a Cornish pasty or kick start your evening with a beer.
CORNWALL'S BEST ROADS
Cornwall's coastline and countryside offer great rides with epic views and some great pit stops. If you are new to riding in Cornwall or want to find our favourite spots, check out the link below.
Check out our bike maintenance tips. Motorbike maintenance workshops and talks coming soon.