KMT Day 7 Polgooth to Post Inn

Friday 3rd September

We woke up to a lovely, but dewy morning, in the construction site where we made our camp just a 1/4 mile from the Poolgooth Inn – that’s where we had our evening meal in last night. It was nice food and good company.

As usual we set off in the morning in the wrong way, but this was soon rectified!


Settled in to the very very steep climbs and technical descents in wooded areas with the sunlight breaking through. Absolutely stunning countryside. Rode to a breakfast stop just outside Liskeard full English. What can be better. We all reconvened and set of again heading for the Cornish / Devon border. The climbing did not relent on some very long climbs which we over course compensated by long decents. We all got together in a pub in Launceston for refreshments as we were still full from the breakfast. The lovely barmaid washed our waterbottles and filled them with ice and water.


After that we crossed the bridge into Devon. I got a little lost looking for a little track to the side of Blacksmiths Arms. I got distracted and spent 15 minutes going around in circles. Eventually I found it, and finally caught up with Stubbsy – spent the afternoon riding together. We had a bite to eat in a farmhouse at Lydford and checked the maps headed for the Granite trail. Here met a father and daughter doing a jog and had a bit of a photo shoot. It’s stunning scenery on this trail and beautiful scenery as we rode into Okehampton. We got a pindrop from the guys and all met together in Whitton Down. Unfortunately the place had no food.

So we back tracked slightly to the King’s Arms in South Zeal, which is a lovely thatched pub. They let us camp in the back garden and kindly arranged for a full breakfast in the morning. It had been a great but tough ride with a few beers to finish off the day.

St. Michael’s Mount (from yesterday I reckon)
Some downhill relief
Dale – bazookered

KMT Day 5 Laucells to Tehidy Woods

Route of Dales Group
Route of Conor and Mark from Bodmin to the North Inn

Wednesday 1st September

Once again we had acracking camping spot last night; and it was nothing like the hound of the Baskervilles! Following the banquet we had at the Brandworthy Arms we sat around the burners drinking coffee and waxing lyrical and celebrating Glen’s last night.


A massive thank you to Glen it was a great pleasure riding with you mate, a really strong rider with a personality to match, always welcome on any Tour. He’s the lovely gentleman from Blean. Now, sod all this being nice stuff!

Dale


Back to the riding. We climbed over the top of the Bodmin Moor. A lovely spectacular ride besides being tracked by jet fighters – it was just like the Clash song “Rock the Casbah“.


Then down to the Snail Trail cafe before we hit the Camel trail into Bodmin.

Dale mentions a huge building here: not sure, it could be the Borough Arms which was a former station for the China Clay quarry. The Camel Trail of course IS the old railway track down to Padstow.

Ed


Then it’s down to Bodmin for final goodbyes to Glen (he’ll get the train home) and meet up with Conor and Mark (who arrived by train last night).


After that we carried on riding the up and down rolling hills of Cornwall and stopped at the Red Lion in Saint Columb Major for lunch. It was a lovely meal and the landlady was friendly too! Took the opportunity for a full strip bodywash in the restrooms.

At some point Conor & Mark seem to have shot off ahead. I think they may actually have detoured via Padstow. Anyway the two groups did not meet again, but will attempt a rendezvous tomorrow.

Ed


Off we go again heading for Newquay. Sadly we ended up on the main road which was not great riding for a few miles but hey ho eventually we got off the main road and were heading back on the tracks to Redruth past the remains of the tin mining industry at Wheal Peevor mines.


Nice meal at Robartes Arms in Illogan. We never did catch up wuth Mark & Conor but we’ll attemp to re-connect tomorrow.

Lunch stop at the Red Lion St. Columb Major
Lunch – Red Lion
Weird build in St. Columbs Major
Wheal Peevor Tin Mines
Fabulous panorama of the Cornish Moors

KMT Day 1 Wingham to Cranleigh

Map Day 1 Wingham to Cranleigh
Profile Day 1 Wingham to Cranleigh

Saturday 28th August

It was weird starting from Wingham this year, but I still had the same nervous apprehension as I rode up to Bingo’s place. We met with Cathal and we’re off.


We then met Dave and Stubbsy at Longage Hill and rode on to Sellindge to pick up Glen. As normal for a Canterbury lad he was half an hour late – it’s a different time zone in Canterbury! Finally got going at 8:55.


It was a nice steady ride, although we missed the coffee stop in Tenterden – who likes coffee anyway!

We enjoyed the lovely ride though the Garden of England and stopped for light refreshments at the King William IV in Pembury. After Tunbridge got onto the trails and followed the Cuckoo trail to East Grinstead. A really good ride. Then another little stop to regroup at the Junction where Glen got told to catch up by a 3 year old! That made him smile. After that we moved on to eat at the Wild West restaurant but Stubbsy was really disappointed that they had relocated, so we moved on to the Red Lyon just outside Horsham. It had Timothy Taylor on draught so all good, and it was a nice meal. Then we moved on to find a site, just off the track in the woods.


It was a good day of around 95 miles.

Where’s Glen?
On the road
First nights camping
Keith looking for signs

Kernow Mining Tour 2021

Cornwall, Kernow Flag

Bike-Packing Tour 2021

COVID 19 has had millions of people around the world trapped inside their homes – not working and not traveling, so what a relief it is to be back touring. With travel still severely restricted it’s another UK tour this year. The “Kernow Mining Tour 21”, a ten-day ride down to Lands’ End and back. We’ll travel westwards on a more nor, then head up the east coast for the journey home. The original idea of riding to Barcelona seems a distant memory though hopefully we can get back to in 2022.

Been a difficult year to pull everyone together and get the Tour going, the lads have shown great commitment getting their bikes and mind set ready for another escapade down into the depths of Cornwall.

Looking forward to touring this green and pleasant land, cutting through the garden of England onto the rolling Surrey hills, following the ancient trails down to the shining Cornish blue sea. Then back along the east coast, where the romanticised, English countryside still exists:

“A land where windmills turn on the crest of hills, sun drenched fields of long wheat shimmer in the wind, swans glide down the rivers, the hedge rows buzz with fox cubs, birds and badgers, the farmed land below stretches like a mosaic quilt as far as the eye can see.”

Rudyard Kipling

Tour Members

Bingo

Ever present and the inspiration behind this years tour.

Dave Austen

Only ever missed one tour, the king of West Hougham now the captain has moved to fresh pastures

Cathal Bartolo

Veteran of many tours, his first on a touring bike, we are all hoping it will slow him down a little, not much chance of that though.

Andrew Stubbs (Stubsy)

His second tour, following last years epic ride, excellent to see the big man back in the saddle and scaring all the Aldi shoppers, with his constant look out for middle aisle bargains.

Glen Dobson

Fantastic to see the Canterbury man (not Blean) joining the fray, his constant banter will keep us all going for first five days of the tour, he sadly must leave us then for family commitments.

Mark Jordan

Joining us somewhere in Devon after his summer holidays, rode last year with his effortless style, be good to see Mark lead the peloton over the hills of Cornwall.

Conor Miller

Once again joining us somewhere in Devon, Stubbsy son with the same powerful physique, very powerful rider, needs to carry more on his bike to slow him down a fraction.

Last and my no means least …

Dale House

Ever present, effervescent self-appointed captain, leading from the front when it comes to getting the beers.

Summary of the Tour Stages

Pre-Tour Photographs

Tour Shirt

Our Tenth Tour