Mag­i­cal mys­tery ride on the Moors

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This ride rolls west out of Bodmin via the A389 to cre­ate a swoop­ing loop around some of Corn­wall’s finest roads – gas up at the ser­vices on the edge of town and you’ll be good to go. Pick up the A391 at the by­pass to snake down through Bu­gle, past the quar­ries around Cocks­bar­row to St Austell, then turn left to head east on the A390. Be­yond St Blazey the pace should pick up, so af­ter paus­ing for breath around Brid­gend push on to­wards the Tap­houses.

Just be­yond Mid­dle Tap­house is a right turn for the B3359, how­ever fuel is avail­able if needed just a lit­tle fur­ther on the left. This clas­sic B-road is a sim­ply glo­ri­ous ride with few re­stric­tions and some sen­sa­tional bends – un­du­la­tions are mild at most and vis­i­bil­ity largely un­ham­pered.

Turn left to join the A387 (or right to top up at the ser­vices) and af­ter a cou­ple of gently rolling miles you’ll drop into the quintessen­tially quaint Cor­nish fish­ing town of Looe. Here the road winds down to­wards the quay­side be­fore cross­ing the East Looe River and turn­ing north, trac­ing the nat­u­ral curves of said wa­ter­course up­stream. It makes for a smooth flow­ing, rhyth­mic ride that continues to rock even as the route peels away to climb through fields and farm­land.

Look out for the B3252, a left turn on a sharp right bend. From there the ter­rain plateaus and as the view ahead opens up it of­fers a re­newed sense of free­dom where you can’t help but give a lit­tle whoop in­side your lid. It’s a crack­ing run that ducks and dives be­tween the hedgerows, end­ing all too soon at the junc­tion of the A38.

Take a left here but keep it steady, for just a short dis­tance ahead is a true biker’s oa­sis, the Che­quered Flag Café. With great food, top hos­pi­tal­ity and the op­por­tu­nity to fet­tle at the com­mu­nity work­shop (if nec­es­sary) it’s the best place en route to take a lit­tle time out.

Once you’re feel­ing re­freshed, pick up where you left off and fol­low the A38 back to Bodmin – the en­su­ing stretch of dual car­riage­way will give you a chance to get back in the groove, ready for the twisty two-lane af­ter the Twelve­woods round­about. This fi­nal sec­tion un­folds along a river val­ley, its long smooth curves and sin­u­ous turns pro­vid­ing a re­ward­ing fi­nale to this par­tic­u­lar spe­cial ride. But your ad­ven­ture needn’t end there – yes, you could roll back to base, but with the op­tion of high-tail­ing it east on the A30 for a blast across Bodmin Moor or fol­low­ing it west to ride off into the sun­set, it could be a tough de­ci­sion…

Call in at the Che­quered Flag Café

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