The Trafalgar Route - Falmouth to Launceston
Following the route taken by Ltn Lapentiere, the first officer back from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1792. He carried the first news of the success of the batte and of course the devastating news of Nelson's death to the Admiralty in London. Astonishingly he made London in 24 hours by regular change of horse. Every town and village through which he passed contains a plaque in memory of the battle and the feat. This was our chosen route for 2016
Day by Day Detail
Falmouth to Launceston 59.2 miles 6,201ft.
Starting in Falmouth with the previous night spent at a Hostel and dinner in a pub. Day 1 involved the ferry to St Mawes Castle followed by winding roads heading North to Ilfracombe.
Start: Falmouth Harbour
Transfer: Ferry to St Mawes
Points of Interest:
1. The Village of Minions at the top of the Cornish Alps 994ft up. When we passed it had the Pixar characters on the sign, rumour abounds that they have been forced to remove them by Pixar for copyright infringement.
2. The Goliath Falls, a huge waterfall on the way up to Minions, a struggle to visit having climbed for at least an hour up some pretty steep bits of the Alps.
3. The regular signs showing the Trafalgar way as it passed through the area.
Launceston to Axminster 73miles 6,425ft
Leaving Launceston in the early dawn, gliding down through the mist and heading parralel to the road to the sun the A303.
Lunch: Exeter Cathedral
Finish: Cranberries Accomodation outside Axminster
Points of Interest:
- Bodmin Moor stretching bleakly away to the right of the mornings ride.
- 6 mile hill outside Exeter, the name says it all.
- Exeter Cathedral
- The hot tub at the Cranberries hotel with views dwon to the sea
Axminster to Child Okeford 65miles 5,022ft
Leaving the luxury accommodation the first few miles are very thin country lanes, up and down towards Bridport and where Broadchurch is filmed. The exit from here leads to Dorset's highest point and on to Minterne where we had an audience with Lord Digby, a descendant of a Trafalgar Captain. Following this fantastic talk, we ended up at our home village of Child Okeford. The Trafalgar route, of course, carries on to London but this was not part of our plan.
First Break: Bridport, The Bull Inn
Lunch: Minterne Magna
Finish: Child Okeford, if you needed accommodation here there is always Hawthorn Cottage. A fabulous B and B run by my missus.
Points of interest:
- Highest Point in Dorset
- 2 800ft climbs, one steep and one more gentle
- Minterne Magna Gardens
- Talk by Lord Digby
- Seeing a Spanish Dabloon
Number of participants: 16 riders and 2 support crew
Cost per person = £350
Accommodation: £50 per night
Ferry: £2.50 pp
Bus to Falmouth: £20pp