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Cycling Reports 2014

Update: 19th November 2014

Ride on November 19th from Bugle to Goss Moor

Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group

Five members of the group all with questionable mentality set off from Bugle in the pouring rain in the hope that it would fine up later. Two hours later it was still raining and all five riders were extremely wet, fed up, uncomfortable and wishing that they had stayed at home even if only to clean the oven which would probably have been more enjoyable. 

Having said that we made the effort and it will be something to talk about in the future that is if they are still talking to me.  Don’t forget that we would love to see any new bikers joining the group all you need is a bike and some waterproof gear!

Brian Marriott

Update: 28th October 2014

November Bike Ride will be on Wednesday 19th November Bugle to Roche and on to the Goss Moor Trail. With a shorter version starting at Goss Moor.

 Meet at 11am in the Free car park next to the Bugle Inn – near the traffic lights in Bugle. We would then cycle to Roche, down a bit of the old A30, around the Goss Moor trail and back the way we came.

Around 15 miles round trip

 Alternatively meet at 11.45 at the Goss Moor Car Park – just off the Old A30 as before.  8 Miles round trip

 As ever please confirm if you will be on the ride and from which Car Park.

Update: 4th October 2014

October Bike Ride - Wednesday 15th  Bugle to Luxulyan Circular Ride of 11 Miles

Meet 11pm at Free Car Park on the St Austell Side of Bugle. {Directions to Car Park - from Innis Downs drive to Bugle. Turn left at the traffic lights, continue past the clay works 1/2 mile and the car park is on the left}. We will then cycle down an old tramway to Bowling Green and on to Luxulyan on country lanes, past the quarry to Gunwen where we could stop for lunch. There is a seat in the church yard. Then on country lanes back to Bugle  There are a few hills on this ride which will not be a problem to electric bikers but for those on peddle power a couple of short  bike pushes may be required.

Update: 24th August 2014

Cycling Group Ride on Wednesday 20th August

Eleven riders met at the Innis Downs Roundabout and cycled down the old A30 to Victoria.
Lostwithiel U3A Cycling

Continuing to Roche and passing the famous Roche Rock which led to our lunch stop at Carbis Wharf on the Bugle Road. We sat at two well placed picnic tables outside the converted Great Wheal Prosper clay drying works which is on the same site as the Carbis Brick Kilns. After lunch we cycled along some very narrow but interesting lanes which led to the back of the two huge wind turbines recently erected near the new A30 services at the Victoria junction. Under the new A30 and on to the old A30 road which led us back to our cars at Innis Downs. Once again the weather was good for a most enjoyable ride.

Anyone who may be interested in joining the cycling group please contact Brian Marriott 01208 87104.  The rides we undertake are not too strenuous and we try to find routes without too many hills.


Carbis Brick Kilns

Update: 25th July  2014

Innis Downs to Roche Rock.

 Wednesday 20th August  -  10 Miles

 The ride is mostly on quiet roads some with good cycle lanes. There are a few small hills but nothing that we can’t handle. I have just done the ride and I thought that it was great. I am sure that you will not be disappointed.

 This ride starts from Innis Downs Roundabout. Park up the road to the left of the roundabout you will see a few cars parked there. We will then cycle down the old A30 – good cycle lanes on this quiet road.  At Victoria we turn left to Roche, ride through the village and stop to have a look at Roche Rock a little further down the road I saw a couple of well placed picnic tables outside  some holiday apartments. I intend to ask  for permission to stop there for lunch.

Roche Rock

 After lunch we ride along quiet back lanes  to join the Old A30 near Innis Downs.

 As ever I hope that you can make it would be great if you could let me know either way and let me have your mobile number.



Update: 9th July  2014

JULY BIKE RIDE  -   Wednesday 23rd July


 Ponts Mill, Par and Somewhere Else

 Meet at Ponts Mill Car Park 10.30am 

At the bottom of Penpillick Hill, turn right into Ponts Mill Road, follow this to the end where there is room to park. We will then cycle following the railway line to Par Duck Pond and on to Par Beach Holiday Park from where will then decide where else to go!

 No big hills on this short ride, mostly on good tracks with a few bits on roads.

 Bring a packed lunch or buy something on route.

 Please let me know if you will be on the ride.



brianmarriott "AT" btconnect(dot)com 

01208 872104

Update: 19th June  2014
Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group Camel Trail
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U3A Cycling Group Completes the Camel Trail.

Seven members of the group left the Borough Arms Car park and cycled along the Camel Trail to Wenfordbridge which is one end of the Camel Trail. This was the last section so the group has now completing the entire trail in three stages. – 17.5 miles each way. The Latest stage was 12.5 miles round trip. At Wenfordbridge Bridge we stopped at the new Snail’s Pace Cafe for a sandwich and a cup of tea before cycling back to Bodmin.

Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group at Snail's Pace Cafe Cornwall
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The three stages of The Camel Trail  are:-

Padstow to Wadebridge-  5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
Bodmin to Wenfordbridge 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)

Update: 1st June  2014


Meet 10.45 a.m Borough Arms Car Park, Dunmere, Bodmin

This ride will complete our jourmey on the Camel Trail.

If you have a bike and transport why not join us ?

Brian Marriott
01208 872104
 or via email using address at top of this page.

Update: 23/5 /14

Report of Cycle Ride from Borough Arms to Wadebridge

Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group May 2014
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On Wednesday 21st May 8 members of the group met at the Borough Arms Car park and cycled to Wadebridge as our second leg of the Camel Trail. The weather was ordered specially for the occasion and it didn’t disappoint – it was glorious.  We had a nice easy ride to Wadebridge were we had lunch, saitting on a wall overlooking the river and putting the world to rights. This is a great thing about this group, not only do we enjoy the bike ride but we have  good conversation on route.  After lunch we returned to Bodmin possibly a little slower than the ride their. We also welcomed a new group member,  Malcolm Haycox who must be good because he was in the lead a good part of the time. Well done Malcolm.

Update: 26/4 /14

"COME ON"  get your bikes out and join us.


 Meet at Borough Arms Car Park, Bodmin at 11am – This is a free car park beyond the pub at the bottom of Dunmere  Road which is the road to Wadebridge from Bodmin. (but if any problems give me a ring 07530 507091

We will then cycle just over 5 miles to Wadebridge where will stop for lunch. After which we will return to Bodmin.

Please let me know if you will be on the ride – weather permitting.

Update: 17/4 /14


On Wednesday 16th Apri six members of the Cycling Group and their bikes had a great ride around the Multi Use Trail which winds its way around the little known expanse of Goss Moor.

Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group - Goss Moor Cornwall

The weather was perfect and the nature reserve was looking at its best.  On the way round we stopped to look at the source of the river Fal which then flows eighteen kilometres before reaching the Ocean between Pendennis Point and St Anthony Head.  This is one of the great things about cycling, not only are you getting enjoyable exercise and good company but you also learn things on route.

Our next ride in May will be published nearer the time – possible starting from Lostwithiel.


Update: 8/4 /14

Get your bikes out and join us

Next U3A cycle ride is on Wednesday 16th April Around GOSS MOOR TRAIL which is 7 miles long.

The weather looks ok for next week.

Meet at 11 am in the Goss Moor Car Park. From Lostwithiel drive to the Innis Downs Roundabout and take the old A30 road into Victoria. Keep on the old A30 and pass under the Iron Bridge (the one which lorries used to crash into). Carry on down the straight road to where it starts to bear right but keep straight on into the Goss Moor Car Park.  A map  of the trail and it's location available via this link,  but if you need any help in finding it or to ask anything else just give me a ring.

The plan being to cycle once around then stop for a packed lunch then cycle the other way around.

If we start at 11 am I would expect that we will be leaving for home by 2 pm at the latest.

I do hope that you can make it but could I ask you to confirm either way.


Update: 22/3 /14   -

At last the Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group get in the saddle!!.

Lostwithiel U3A Cycling Group March 14 outing

 On Wednesday 19th March 10 Members cycled from Bodmin to Wadebridge to Padstow.
The weather was perfect for cycling - dry and not too warm. 

Arriving at Wadebridge at noon we stopped for an hour for lunch before cycling back to our cars.
It was a lovely day out, enjoyed by all who participated.

So looking forward to out next outing scheduled for Wednesday 16th April.

We would love to see more riders so if you have a bike and transport please join us.
The rides will be reasonably easy, no steep hills and not too far.

If you are interested please let me know.  



We are trying again!

Wednesday 19th March

Meet at the start of the Camel Trail at Wadebridge - Near Lidl's 11 am

Bikes can be hired if required.

Lunch at Padstow - Sandwich, Pasty or whatever.

14 miles round trip.

Come on Give it a go!

Please let me know if you are coming.

Brian Marriott

07530 507091
01208 872104

Update: 10/2 /14   -


Helman Tor, Luxulyan and Clay Trails
Started from  Lanlivery pub car park at 10 a.m. Five Intrepid Cyclists out on tiny roads fit for elves and fairies to HELMAN TOR. Our 3rd attempt after monsoons and glaciers foiled  trips previously!

Stalwart Brian is having a knee replacement  Op next week so he wanted a challenging ride before the crutches take over temporarily...

Up hill down dale to  Bugle Clay Trail whic was our final destination Lunch on willow and heather downs ,serenaded by chuff chaff and skylarks... no appearance of cuckoo yet


Next Trip,2 or 3 weeks, to wilds of Dozmary Pool... Betcha Brian  The Brave will be leading it!

Come and join us !
  For DETAILS: Phone  -  01208 872681 or 07814 656485

The intrepid Gang at the top of Helman Tor



Update: 7/3/13

The Devoran to Portreath old Mining-Trail. South to North Cornish coast.
U3A Cyclists from Lostwithiel
About 25 miles.   Easy flat terrain . About 4 -5 hours, with stops.

4 stalwarts today, braved Siberian winds, and left Devoran 11 am
A wonderful ride thru varied off-road tracks, passing thru old tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore to and from the many tin and copper mines to ports such as Devoran and Portreath.
I have to wax lyrical about the hosts of golden daffys, snowdrops, camellias  and rhodos in gardens we whizzed past, the Herons on mining lakes, Dippers, and four thousand and twenty Blackbirds to make ten pies!    The sun shone, we got hot and hungry at Portreath and all needs catered for at BRIDGE pub nearby.

Alison from Lostwithiel U3A
Back to our 2 cars, 4 ish, pm, all feeling high and exultant at being in good company, good biking workout, good reason to feel spry and fit, albeit knackered, considering our average age of 60 plus years!

An afternoon trip planned for next week...2-3 hours, poss HELMAN TOR LABYRINTH, hopefully with sighting of Minotaur so bring camera !