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7-Day Rosamunde Pilcher Shell Seekers Cycling Tour in Cornwall

This self-guided cycling holiday based in Cornwall will allow you to explore the locations from the popular Rosamunde Pilcher novel, The Shell Seekers as well as some of the filming locations of the popular German Television adaptation. It will take you to the area where the author grew up as well as the stunning Lamorna Cove. This tiny fishing village also starred in what’s considered Rosamunde Pilcher’s most famous work. You will also have the opportunity to explore various spots as detailed in Rosamunde Pilcher’s classic novels including St Michael's Mount and much more!

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel Accommodation
    • Luggage Transfers
    • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
    • Smartphone App with GPS
    • Emergency Telephone Assistance
    • Entry/Admission - Pendennis Castle
    What's excluded :
    • Transport to and from Cornwall
    • Meals
    • Bike Hire
    • Visitor Attraction Entrance Fees
    • Insurances
    • Entry/Admission - Church Cove, Landewednack
    • Entry/Admission - St. Michael's Mount
    • Entry/Admission - Lamorna Cove

  • Day 1: Arrival & Bodmin to St Austell

    Stop At: Bodmin, Bodmin, Cornwall, England
    Start your Shell Seeking journey by using the Camel Trail and follow the cycle route from Bodmin to St Austell. During today’s ride you will experience a variety of stunning scenery and interesting locations including Bodmin, Lanhydrock House and the stunning Eden Project.

    Stay overnight in St Austell. Luggage will be transferred.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: St Austell to Truro

    Stop At: Pentewan, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, England
    Apart from a few steep hills, you will cycle mainly through the beautiful rolling Cornish countryside. Cycle out of St Austell on the Avon cycleway, then onto a quiet road, before descending into the pretty coastal village of Pentewan. Here head off along the cycle track through woods before climbing up to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan where you can explore these amazing gardens and sculptures that are among them. You will then head through Lamorran and Tresillian and finally reach the town of Truro where you will stay the night.

    Stay overnight in Truro. Luggage will be transferred.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Truro to Helston

    Stop At: Pendennis Castle, Falmouth TR11 4LP England
    There is a short climb out of Truro and a few steep hills to cycle in Falmouth, Constantine and Gweek. In between is rolling country with regular steady hills. Pass the old tin mine at Wheal Jane to Penryn, once the main port in this area, its heritage is displayed in some fine architecture from Tudor to Georgian and in a small museum. Continue down the coast to Falmouth, a busy pleasant town where the atmosphere is flavoured by the salt sea air. Here you can visit several exotic gardens a Maritime Museum and some pleasant beaches. Impressive fortifications of Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle still dominate the headland. Continue past more subtropical gardens to Gweek on the Helford Creek, the home of the National Seal Sanctuary where they rescue injured seal pups from local beaches and also care for other abandoned sea mammals.

    Stay overnight in Helston. Luggage will be transferred.

    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: Circuit from Helston

    Stop At: Church Cove, Landewednack, Church Cove Landewednack, Lizard England
    Explore the west coast through the delightful Church Cove to Mullion from where you can continue all the way down to Lizard, the most southerly point of the British mainland. This also takes you to Kynance Cove where the combination of the rare serpentine rock and the powerful sea has produced amazing beaches with cliffs, caves and islands. Next cross Goonhilly Downs where the underlying serpentine rock gives the area most of its special characteristics. The soil it produces is the ideal habitat for the Cornish Heath that is almost unique to this area. It supports rare wildlife including the hen harrier and short-eared owl and is also the home of a satellite tracking station.

    Stay overnight in Helston. No luggage transfer required.

    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 5: Helston to Penzance

    Stop At: St. Michael's Mount, Kings Road, Marazion TR17 0EJ England
    Leaving Helston, continue to Porthleven which for many years the local centre for boat building and is still a working fishing port. Then follow the coast west to Praa Sands, this mile-long sweep of sand is renowned as one of Cornwall’s finest family beaches and also popular with surfers. Further on is one of Cornwall's most famous landmarks and popular filming location in the German TV series The Shell Seekers, St. Michael’s Mount, a little island community that can be reached by causeway at low tide. Today's ride will end in Penzance where another mini-series, Coming Home was also filmed.

    Stay overnight in Penzance. Luggage will be transferred.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: Circuit from Penzance

    Stop At: Lamorna Cove, Lamorna, Penzance England
    Newlyn is England’s busiest fishing port. The scenery inspired the Newlyn School of artists and their legacy can be seen in museums and galleries around the town. Continue through narrow streets past little Mousehole harbour and over to the pretty, sheltered Lamorna Cove, a lovely spot for a swim. Lamorna Cove is also a recognisable spot in Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers German TV series. Pass the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle that stands amidst a remarkable concentration of ancient Celtic standing stones to Lands End. Lands End is a fantastic destination and it can be seen in the German TV adaptation of the novel.

    Stay overnight in Penzance. No luggage transfer required.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Penzance to Truro

    Pass By: Truro, Truro, Truro District, Cornwall, England
    Ride to the north coast, where the mudflats of the River Hayle are a rich habitat for wading birds. From here you can take a delightful detour to Lelant, the birthplace of Rosamunde Pilcher herself. You can continue to follow the coast road past miles of sand dunes then above rugged cliffs with spectacular views of the Atlantic. Explore a woodland cycle trail at the tranquil Tehidy Country Park, on the way to the popular surfing cove at Portreath. This was one of the main mining areas in Cornwall until the early 20th century and you can still visit Cornish Goldsmiths workshops and exhibition and the Tolgus Tin Streaming works nearby. The ride ends along beautiful wooded valleys back into Truro

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Pool Street, Pool St, Bodmin PL31, UK
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Truro, UK
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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Organised by Compass Holidays

Activity ID: V-70427P7

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