Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 1

Day 7 - Wadebridge to Bude

I was woken up early today by the sun, and the woman in the motor caravan next door rustling with her stuff. Taking advantage of the situation I was packed up and off by 8:30. I shot along the Camel trail again back to Bodmin covering lots of miles very quickly as it was so flat.

Up on to Bodmin Moor where there was plenty of wind. I made slow progress along the start of the airfield, then turned at a junction to have the wind almost fully behind me - I zipped along nicely. At St. Breward I stopped at the village shop to have my card stamped, and also stock up on food. I sat outside with the Irish owner of the shop and met another cyclist who had a hired bike for the weekend. We cycled off and met another cyclist following NCN3 the other way having come from Bude, camping complete with tri pole stool on his rear rack. He advised me that the route to Bude was reasonable (I had heard that it was extremely steep).

Eventually the route left Bodmin moor. At the bottom of a hill I met 2 cyclists who had overtaken me earlier. They were trying to work out which way to go next. They were B&Bing the route and had also set off from Wadebridge in the morning and hoped to get to Bideford by the end of the day. I stopped at a car boot sale for an ice cream. Carried on towards Bude. Horrendous hills on approach. Cyclist who had come from Bude had said that they were manageable, but if id known I would have chosen the other route. I had at one point to remove a rear pannier and carry it on my back to get up the hill (30%).

AI arrived in Bude and located the campsite. There was still a very strong wind and I located the only spot on the whole campsite that was sheltered - right in a corner surrounded by hedges. sheltered but right out of the way and unsocial! I had an ice cream to make the camping of £4 up to £5. Cheapest camping charges so far, and nothing special about the site but value for money. Sun bathing in the sun in the sheltered spot, noticeably improved stamina today.

Photograph of coastal views near Bude
Coastal views near Bude

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