We spent a lovely week in Cornwall not long ago. Our mini holiday before baby arrives, as summer will be chock-a-block with work before I go on maternity leave.
The advantage of having your vacation in the UK by car and having folding bikes, especially, is that you can take your bikes with you as you never know what you can explore on two wheels once you get to your destination.
We found a delightful campsite near St. Austell, which became the base of our Cornish explorations. St. Austell has also got great rail connections and we made use of them to visit St Ives one day, as we decided to give driving a break.
Another day instead we decided to explore the surrounding areas by bike as our campsite landlady had recommended us the Pentewan Trail, which follows the old Pentewan railway, opened in 1830 and in operation till early 1900s.
As I was already passed 5 months pregnant (the route from the campsite to the trail was decidedly steep!) we decided to drive (10min) to the start of the trail and then used the bikes for the rest of the day.
We cycled up to St Austell first and explored the town, we then got back on the trail and headed to Pentewan beach.
All in all we were out on our bikes all day, and I enjoyed being on the Brompton a lot. As I have been using mainly Pashley for my cycling errands, I had forgotten how light and nimble Brompton is. I am sure it will come into its own as I get bigger and a little heavier in my third trimester.
Discovering how beautiful this part of Cornwall is and also how convenient to explore the rest of the county, we are sure we will be coming back again here next year… with a baby in tow! Research into child bike seats for the Bromptons has already begun!