Magical mystery ride on the Moors
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…