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South West England

The GF has decided she would like to tour Europe on the back of my bike at some point. In order to find out how well she finds extended periods on the back of the bike we plan to spend a week or so gently exploring SW England.
Do people think there is enough to see and do in Devon/Cornwall for a week? I'd like to do some reasonable distance with only a couple of nights in each place.
Any suggestions of where to visit? We're open to most things.
I presume my bike will be suitable: Kawa GT5ugly, 22K miles, Krauser hard luggage. My XBR is only vaguely comfortable for 2 hours solo, 1 hour pillion so I'm hoping the GT will be better. Agree?
Any alternative suggestions? Europe is out of the question really as I don't have the experience and it's a bit too far if the GF starts to find it horrendously uncomfortable.
All advice appreciated.

Easily!Depending, of course, on what you like to do (very little by way of skiing, for example).- Cornwall has some really nice roads to ride - walking / scenery- National Trust stuff- some good eating / drinking- given how insular in weird the Cornish are - its about as foreign as you can get, heading south, without crossing the channel Last summer I 'settled' in Mousehole (didn't fancy the larger towns, like Penzance or St Ives) and everywhere was within a hour or sos ride - even down to Lizard.And another things that's fun is a ride through, over, around Exmoor - you can even see Wales from there!

kyot wrote

Depending, of course, on what you like to do (very little by way of skiing, for example).- Cornwall has some really nice roads to ride - walking / scenery- National Trust stuff- some good eating / drinking- given how insular in weird the Cornish are - its about as foreign as you can get, heading south, without crossing the channel

- Museums- Art Galleries (local art not national size stuff)- Cliffs to climb (don't get stuck six feet from the top like I did!!)- Mines to go down- Ancient monuments (English Heritage stuff)- Shops!!!- Pubs - Just looking around and enjoying the fantastic views!fd .. just a little bit 'hooked' on Cornwall!

Mr Kay wrote

Do people think there is enough to see and do in Devon/Cornwall for a week? I'd like to do some reasonable distance with only a couple of nights in each place.

See and do yes, there's loads. Distance on the other hand maybe not, as Kyot said nearly everything is within an hour or so of Mousehole.Where would you be riding from in the first place?

Jack wrote

See and do yes, there's loads. Distance on the other hand maybe not, as Kyot said nearly everything is within an hour or so of Mousehole.Where would you be riding from in the first place?

Everything's within an hour if you are staying on A roads, but that's not the best way to see Wessex, Devon and Cornwall (you did say South West).I too would like an idea of where Tittybongo is? Depending on how you wish to enter the SW and how you wish to leave will govern what there is to see.Places to see:Cheedar - ride down through the gorge and then back up again!Wookey - forget it, it's shite!Bombing across the Somerset Levels - great fun (mind those little bridges over the dykes if you want to keep your luggage) closest you'll get to Holland but also has bends!The Dorset Coast - From Bournemouth to Lyme, gorgeous, you can walk it too!Corfe Castle, Dunster Castle, Montaute House, Stour Head house and Gardens etc etcThe road from Dunster to Exerter through Tiverton - don't miss it!And we've only just got into Devon!Lovely 4 in 1 hairpins (ask Big Daddy) with outstanding views at the top.Dartmoor - don't go if its foggy - you'll never get out of itExmoor - do go if its foggy- you'll get above itAll along the Tamar.Loads of stuff to do - You could spend ages down here without seeing the same road twice, like I say, get off the A roads and have a good time!

starting in devon, catch plymouth ferry to torpoint and make your way to the fishing port of looe, loads of b/b. then make your way towards st austell and turn right to the eden project, brilliant. then carry on down to the lizard, the furthest point south in the uk, have dinner at the blue lizard, best fish and chips in cornwall, although rick stein probably wouldnt agree. then, take a blast along the coast, taking in penzance and down to lands end (not much to see there, just to say you've been, then up to st just and along to st ives and the tate gallery. then blast up to newquay and on to padstow where you can check out old stein,s fish and chips and give me your opinion. just next door is polzeath, the surf dudes mecca, fantastic beaches and people. Carry on up the coast, tintagel and boscastle and on to bude, keep following the a39 and your back in devon, done it, the cornish coast, the sort of thing you have to do at least once in your life. enjoy.

Excellent stuff there everyone, thank you very much.It's hard to judge from a road atlas exactly how much there is to see and do in an area. We've both been to Cornwall a couple of times and loved it but we haven't had the freedom of a bike before so we want to have a proper look around.For those that have asked, Tittybongo is, believe out or not, a suburb of delightful Reading. The SW seems like a good distance, a reasonable journey but worse case 250 miles from home if Lyn finds it horrendously uncomfortable.

Think you might find more interesting roads, less traffic and poss more to see in Wales

along with hundreds of gatso's and a hitler chief constable who hates bikes....yeh, wales is good for a blast..

Mr Kay wrote

The GF has decided she would like to tour Europe on the back of my bike at some point. In order to find out how well she finds extended periods on the back of the bike we plan to spend a week or so gently exploring SW England.Do people think there is enough to see and do in Devon/Cornwall for a week?

It's been touched on above, but being a resident I'd say have a mooch round Dorset before heading off any further SW.It's really not a bad place at all, and not too far from home for you, so if SWMBO really hates it, you can at least get back again quickish Equally, it's far enough awy to feel like a change IMHO.I went to Cornwall for a few days a couple of weeks ago, and preferred Dorset TBH. (Sorry, Cornishpeople.)Dorset's got loads of fabulous beaches, with varying colours of flags, apparently, stating how few turds and hypodermics get washed up there, nice twisties, some decent A-roads in between, a slew of amazing/interesting country pubs (- you must go to the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers BTW. Mad place. A genuinely public /house/...), decent weather (mostly), cream teas, and a bunch of interesting things to do and see (Corfe Castle, the beach at Studland (yes, there's a noody-roody bit...), the Tank Museum , Lulworth Cove, the bifocal windows in the shops in Bournemouth, husky racing in Wareham Forest, Poole Harbour (- the second largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney), the bike night on Poole Quay every Tuesday...)All sorts.And whilst it gets pretty busy in the summer :dozey; it's not that much of a hardship on a bike. The emmetts usually move out of the way...HTH.

SuperRetard wrote

It's been touched on above, but being a resident I'd say have a mooch round Dorset before heading off any further SW.It's really not a bad place at all, and not too far from home for you, so if SWMBO really hates it, you can at least get back again quickish Equally, it's far enough awy to feel like a change IMHO.I went to Cornwall for a few days a couple of weeks ago, and preferred Dorset TBH. (Sorry, Cornishpeople.)Dorset's got loads of fabulous beaches, with varying colours of flags, apparently, stating how few turds and hypodermics get washed up there, nice twisties, some decent A-roads in between, a slew of amazing/interesting country pubs (- you must go to the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers BTW. Mad place. A genuinely public /house/...), decent weather (mostly), cream teas, and a bunch of interesting things to do and see (Corfe Castle, the beach at Studland (yes, there's a noody-roody bit...), the Tank Museum , Lulworth Cove, the bifocal windows in the shops in Bournemouth, husky racing in Wareham Forest, Poole Harbour (- the second largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney), the bike night on Poole Quay every Tuesday...)All sorts.And whilst it gets pretty busy in the summer :dozey; it's not that much of a hardship on a bike. The emmetts usually move out of the way...HTH.

You know, it's funny you should say that:www.visordown.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2809094#post2809094

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