Day 0: Train down and Penzance to Lands End
Took an early train from Leeds down to London Kings Cross, from where I got lost in the maze of streets that is London
After cycling to Padding station and two more trains I reached Penzance station at about 7:30 PM, from where I cycled the 10 miles west to Lands End and camped up
Day 1: Lands End to Truro via Lizard Point
Big first day covering 71 miles from Lands End to Truro.
Having already done part of this section the previous day, I went via the quieter roads on the south coast. As I currently attend the University of Sheffield, I couldn’t help but also pass through a little village called Sheffield down there on the South Coast.
To make it a true “end to end” cycle, I also added on an extra 24 miles to hit Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland UK.
From there I continued up North East to hit Truro for some chips and a wild camp in a forest.
Day 2: Truro to Tavistock
60 mile day crossing into Devon and just into the Dartmoor national park. Was turned away at two campsites, and then on the 3rd they accepted me and £12 for a campsite with no facilities! Basically paid to wild camp…
Day 3: Tavistock to Crediton
Had quite a short day today coming over the Dartmoor national park. Pretty atrocious weather at the start of the day, but at least I had a tail wind. Luckily as soon as I dropped down the other side the weather picked up into brilliant sunshine. Just past Moretonhampstead on the way to Cheriton Bishop I passed a little honesty box stall selling plenty of cakes which kept me going. Wild camped in the corner of a wild grass field.
Day 4: Crediton to The Mendips via Cheddar Gorge
Another long day in the saddle, this time coming out of Devon and into Somerset. Early morning just by Tiverton I stopped by a burger van for some breakfast. After telling the people there and the lady running the van why and what I was doing, all three offered to pay for my breakfast! A lovely change which restored my faith in humanity after a grumpy old man had a go at me earlier.
The villages of Taunton and Bridgewater passed as I headed further North East until I split off my route to hear through Cheddar and into Cheddar Gorge on the south side of the Mendip hills.
Deeper into the Mendips was the site of pre Roman lead workings, and above which I found a little spot hidden behind a tree to pitch the tent for the night.