On August, 27th, we started on a very special trip to England with only our bikes and our gear. Antoine and I had decided to go bickepacking from Weston Super Mare to Land's End along Route 3, cycling from our home and taking our bikes on the train to Paris and on board the Eurostar -quite an unfortunate idea, but eventually it worked-, and then hoping on to the train to Banksy's hometown, Weston Super Mare, our starting point!
On our way, we have discovered the lumpy and gorgeous landscapes of Somerset, Exemoor, Devon and Cornwall and we've met tactful, nice people.
We went on a nice ride along the Taunton Canal in Tiverton, and met bikepacking enthusiast Mark Anderson, who lived in Australia for 25 years. Mark invited us to his place for a soft drink and gave us the Sustrans map of the national cycle railroad. Then he guided us to Route 3.
And in Cornwall, we took a bath in the waves -water was 15ºc! To warm us up we went to a nice pub with an incredible, locally brewed extra pale ale called Light Bulb. There we met chef Ben who got us some good fresh fish especially for us later in the week. How sweet and generous! We had such a nice lunch at his restaurant -he used to run a 1 Michelin star restaurant! I warmly recommend the Tolcarne Inn. Ben is such nice guy he works with his heart, everything is extremely fresh and tasty have a go if you pass through Newlyn.
Also met a very nice guy Richard very funny he's an Art professor in Bournemouth Uni and a musician too. His wife Katy is a visual artist.
Part "adventure", this trip has also offered us an opportunity to visit places my ancestors used to live, on the moors and along the cliffs of magical Southern England.
Check our route on Polarsteps here: https://www.polarsteps.com/AntoineEclair/8167628-cornwall?s=6AE1D6B2-AF45-4354-B2DB-8B8A614486E3