LEJOG 10 Sep : Penzance to Pentewan

The King Harry chain ferry

Our first full day on the route started benignly, the first eight miles being fairly flat with a run along the coast and then turning inland. The weather was predominantly damp and drizzly with dry and occasionally sunny spells. The Wahoo was brilliant at conducting us along the tortuous route generated by the excellent cycle.travel website to avoid the busiest roads though we sometimes had difficulty determining which one to take when several converged.

The route was mainly along minor roads, some with a wide grassy central strip and foliage and ferns spreading out to the tarmac outer strips. We passed by extensive areas of tin mining near Camborne with the ruins of engine houses prominent in the landscape. It was slow going with the hills, even downhill we had to moderate our speed on the narrow twisty rutted lanes.

The chain ferry was an enjoyable feature, then a long slog up and on to our Airbnb. There was some late frustration, we didn’t trust the Wahoo as it routed us through the Lost Gardens campsite and eventually found an alternative along the B road but there’s actually a cycle route through the site which would have saved us a lot of time. We arrived just after 18:00.

Today’s distance: 47.3 miles (76.2 km)
Today’s ascent: 117 metres
Cumulative: 59.1 miles (95.2 km), 1433 metres

Lost Gardens of Heligan