West Kernow Way - Bike Rental & Guided Rides | St Ives eBikes

All Routes / West Kernow Way

West Kernow Way

Official 230km bikepacking route taking a figure of eight loop around West Kernow following a selection of bridle paths, quiet lanes and gravel cycle tracks.





Official Site, GPX & Map

West Kernow Way Facebook Group

The West Kernow Way is a new bikepacking route from Cycling UK. It takes a figure of eight route centering on St Erth, with the Western loop covering the quiet lanes from Penzance to Land's End and off road over the moors on the Tinners Way back to St Erth. The Eastern loop follows the Coast down to Lizard Point on a mixture of road and bridleway, then North via the Helford Estuary to Portreath on the North Coast and back South to Marazion on a mix of gravel (old mining tramways) and lanes. There is stunning scenery on route, with Coastal viewpoints, 19th Century tin mines, pre historic stone circles, Land's End, St Michael's Mount and Lizard Point. The route can be cycled in 3-6 days and you can choose to tough it out with all your gear on board or use the very convenient luggage transfer service and stay in style in comfortable inns.

Recommended Bikes: West Cornwall is hardly the Alps, but we do alright by short steep hills. The overall route has over 4km of ascent, 60% of the route is on paved roads and a reasonable portion of the unpaved is on tricky bridleways prone to ruts, roots, rocks, loose stone and prickly gorse. At different stages of the route you are going to wish you had a gravel bike, hardtail bike, full sus bike and eBike! You are also more than likely to spend a bit of time playing hike a bike. So the choice comes down to personal preference. Of our rental bike fleet, we usually recommend our gravel bikes (Forme Monsal 2), hardtail mountain bikes (Forme Curbar Pro) and full sus eBikes (Haibike AllTrail4).

Recommended Route/Stops: There are many different ways to skin a cat, our recommended option is either to push yourself over 4 days of riding or take your time over 6 days of riding. If you are put off by some of the harder off road sections and climbs, then take it easy, book some nice hotels hire an eBike and we can suggest good alternative routes for where the going gets tough. Luggage Transfers are available from Luggage Transfers

West Kernow Way - Stretch yourself

Day 1: Arrive in Cornwall. Overnight Hayle or St Ives

Day 2: Cycle Western Loop via Penzance, Land's End, Cape Cornwall and Tinners Way). Overnight Hayle or St Ives. 63km

Day 3: Cycle to Coverack via Porthleven and Lizard Point. Overnight Coverack 67km

Day 4: Cycle to Portreach via Helford Estuary and old Mining Trails. Overnight Portreath 61km

Day 5: Cycle Portreath to Marazion via Great Flat Lode Trail and Carn Brea (could just as easily finish in St Ives or Hayle) 47km

West Kernow Way - Take it easy

Day 1: Arrive in Cornwall. Overnight Hayle or St Ives

Day 2: Cycle to Land's End via Penzance, Mousehole and the Minack (35km)

Day 3: Cycle to St Ives / Hayle via Cape Cornwall, Bottalack Mines and Tinners Way (41km)

Day 4: Cycle to Helston via Porthleven (23km)

Day 5: Cycle to Constantine via Kynance Cove, Lizard Point and Helford Estuary (60km)

Day 6: Cycle to Portreath via mining trails (40km)

Day 7: Cycle Portreath to Marazion via Great Flat Lode Trail and Carn Brea (could just as easily finish in St Ives or Hayle) 47km

When to do it: We get a lot of rain and wind down here in Cornwall and the bridleways get very muddy in winter and overgrown with gorse in late summer. The best time of the year to ride the West Kernow way therefore is May, June and July, these are the dryest months and also when the trails are less overgrown. Next best is April, August and September when there is more chance of getting caught in a rainy spell, muddy trails (in April) and overgrown trails (in September). We get mild winters in this part of the country, so Nov - March is absolutely doable, but maybe leave booking until the last minute when you have a good forecast clear of Atlantic storms! If planning for July and August (or the school hols in May Half Term) then book well ahead for accommodation.

On Route

St Ives

Stunning beaches, picturesque harbour and fantastic eateries.

St Michael’s Mount

Famous tidal island linked to the rest of Cornwall by a tidal causeway.


Charming South Coast village with keyhole harbour

Lamorna Cove

Cycle right down to the sea at this picturesque cove

Minack Theatre

Cliff-side theatre. Paid entrance, cafe and shows (book ahead)

Land's End

Commercialised and not as good as Cape Cornwall, but hey, it is famous.

Cape Cornwall

Cycle as far West as the path will take you and perch on the stone wall for a stunning picnic spot.

Crowns Engine House

The iconic Crowns Engine House clings precariously to the cliffs above the wild Atlantic.

Levant Mine

Informative and stunningly situated mine with a still functional steam-driven beam engine.

Men an Tol

Bronze age stone monument reputed to be a fertility treatment.


Harbour town with thriving foody scene.

Kynance Cove

Iconic picturesque cove on the Lizard - best at low tide

Lizard Point

Mainland Britain's most Southerly point


Small harbour and beach on Cornwall's North Coast