Why not pick up your bikes from Trevallick’s Farm Shop and explore Caradon and take in nine monuments, three hostelries, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, fresh air and exercise, all in a day!!!
Caradon Hill, incorporated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, contains some of Cornwall's finest scenery and most ancient monuments.
Head south from Trevallick's Farm Shop and Tearoom on the B3254 and cycle around, Caradon Hill, one of the highest points in Cornwall and take in the breathtaking scenery. Then visit the Minions Heritage Centre in Houseman's Engine House (1) which offers a fascinating historical/educational insight into the area. A cycle stand is provided at the Heritage Centre where your bikes can be secured and left if you wish to explore some of the area on foot.
There are various tracks including one leading to the Phoenix United Mining Complex (2) where you can take a few minutes to visualise life as a miner back in their day and enjoy the wonderful views, the famous Cheesewring stone formation (3) (a natural and not a man-made phenomenon) the perfect spot for a picnic and to ponder the secrets of Daniel Gumb's cave or continue on to the ancient Bronze Age stone temple which is, The Hurlers (4), (which legend has it is of men turned to stone for hurling the ball on the Lord's Day). For refreshments, the village of Minions offers two cafes and The Cheesewring Hotel (the highest pub in Cornwall).
Ride on to Siblyback Lake (5), a reservoir hosting a water sports centre with a purpose made cycle track around the perimeter. Here there is also sustenance available between 9-5 every day at the Lakeside Cafe. From Siblyback Lake to
King Doniert's Stone (6), a 9th Century decorated cross in two parts believed to commemorate a Cornish King, Dungarth, who died around 875AD.
Golitha Falls (7), is an ancient woodland and a National Nature Reserve with the River Fowey gently falling 100 metres, offering a great chance to get off your bike and relax a little before the 6 mile cycle ride meandering alongside the River Fowey to the world famous Jamaica Inn. Immortalised in Daphne Du Maurier's novel and host to a fine collection of smuggling artefacts and a cinema room where you can learn more about smuggling in days gone by. Although the journey is slightly uphill towards the Jamaica Inn this does mean that it is downhill on the way back.
For the return journey, we would suggest that you take in the Trethevy Quoit (8) monument, one of the best examples anywhere of a Neolithic burial chamber. Then cycle by or into The Crows Nest Inn with its log fire in winter and sun trap outside area in summer.
Then you have the biggest hill to be encountered all day to get home. Once at the top of the hill look behind you to the left to see the former engine house of the South Caradon Mine (9), which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. Then it is only a matter of yards back to Trevallick's Farm Shop where a cream tea and other delights await. A great way to see the unspoilt beauty that is this part of Cornwall.
If you want to take in the majority of monuments and hostelries on our route but are worried that you, or some in your party may not have the stamina to make it back to Trevallick's, or perhaps the weather changes for the worse fear not! We have introduced a brand new RESCUE SERVICE. For only £10, per group we will collect you and your bikes from anywhere within our route map. All you have to do is phone us when you're ready to be collected!
Trevallick's is situated at the top of Pensilva, on the right hand side as you drive towards Rilla Mill on the B3254 from Liskeard, PL14 5PJ Click here to view map.
Cycles available by appointment only from Trevallick's Farm Shop & Tearoom. Open 7 days a week 9am to 6pm.
To book your bikes Telephone 07976 450462