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The West Kernow Way is a captivating 230km (150-mile) bikepacking route that loops through the rugged landscaped of Cornwall, starting and ending in Penzance. Developed by Cycling UK, this route is designed for adventure cyclists who are eager to explore the historical and natural beauty of the Cornish peninsula.

Highlights of the West Kernow Way 

  1. Diverse Scenery and Historical Sites:
  • The route takes you through a variety of stunning landscapes, from rugged coastlines and ancient woodlands to quiet lanes and moorlands. Key highlights include the iconic Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount, the Bronze Age monument Mên-an-Tol, and the historic Botallack tin mines.
  1. Challenging Terrain:
  • The West Kernow Way features over 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) of climbing, making it a challenging ride that rewards cyclists with spectacular views and a sense of accomplishment. The terrain varies from smooth paths to rocky trails, requiring a good level of fitness and suitable bike, such as a gravel bike or a mountain bike. 
  1. Cultural and Culinary Delights:
  • As you journey through Cornwall, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy local cuisine, including hearty Cornish pasties and fresh seafood. The route also passes through small villages where you can experience the warm hospitality of local communities. 
  1. Wildlife and Natural Beauty:
  • The route is rich in biodiveristy, with changes to see rare bird species and unique flora. It passes through the Lizard National Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy tranquil heathlands and diverse wildlife habitats. 
  1. Navigation and Planning:
  • The West Kernow Way is not signposted, so it’s essential to have a GPS device with the route loaded or detailed maps . The route can be broken into stages, making it flexible for different levels of riders. For a comprehensive guide and GPX files, visit Cycling UK

Safety and Preparedness 

Given the remote and challenging nature of the West Kernow Way, preparation is crucial:

  • Bike Maintenance: Ensure your bike is in excellent condition and carry essential repair tools, spare parts, and a first aid kit.
  • Weather Considerations: Cornwall’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack appropriate clothing and gear for wet and cold conditions.
  • Accommodation: Plan your stops in advance, as the route passes through several small towns with limited accommodation options.

Making a Claim if Injured 

Accidents can happen, and dealing with them during a remote cycling adventure can be particularly stressful. If you sustain an injury while cycling, it’s essential to know your rights and the support available. Cycle Accident offers comprehensive cycle accident insurance and can assist you in making a claim.

For more information on making a claim or to get immediate support, visit Cycle Accident’s inquiry page, or call us on 0800 093 6313. Alternatively, if you’d like to know what to do after an accident you can read more here.

Embark on the West Kernow Way with confidence, prepared for both the beauty and challenges of Cornwall, and ensure you have the support you need in case of any accidents.

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