Gill and I were pushing wheelbarrows along the lane the other day, each full of well rotted horse manure for our garden and generously donated by a neighbour. It was quite some way and the task felt like a lockdown version of the “farmers walk”, which is an exercise we regularly do in the gym with coach Rob!
Anyway, it was towards the end of the afternoon and the light was fading so I wasn’t certain that the cyclist, who was riding full tilt towards us, had actually seen us – or the contents of the wheelbarrows he might shortly be making contact with. Then I saw it was Martin from the village. Mylor not Flushing. Allsebrook not Aldis. I shouted and thankfully he heard, swerved and came to an appropriately well distanced stop. I hadn’t spoken with Martin for a long while and we exchanged tales of gardening toil and solitary cycling. Being a man I know who likes a challenge I was keen for Martin to “test” himself on my circuit of local climbs – which I’ve now posted on Strava. But his response was not quite what I expected. He felt it would be tediously boring and all a bit pointless! My thinking had been that these difficult and comprised times called for compromising solutions – but then when I think of the freedom we’re offered on a bike in normal times I could sort of see his point! Under normal circumstances we are free to ride wherever are legs are able to take us and explore lanes less known? But do we? How often do we choose a destination and stick to just the one or two routes we know well to get there? I can only think it is the lack of a destination that leaves my ride feeling without purpose. But the purpose is the ride itself and the series of challenges and not its destination. The more I’ve ridden this tangled web the more I enjoy it. There are a plentiful assortment of stunning vistas – across to the north coast and all that lies in between seen from the top of Carclew – or the unexpected panorama that appears just above Mylor Harbour where they have cleared trees in the churchyard giving far reaching views along the Fal Estuary. And my favourite – Restronguet Creek and the Carrick Roads viewed from the farm before you descend to the Pandora Inn, always beautiful and always changing with the tide, the time of day and the seasons!
The Myllorca 765 is approximately 2,500ft of climb and you’ll find a map in an earlier report. I’ve created a segment on Strava for the whole route – but I’ll add a description of the route here also.
Start the ride at the old Volvo garage, now “Just Delights” shop.
Up St Gluvias Church Hill followed by Bissom Hill
Turn right to Flushing.
Turn right at junction to Flushing and down to the “Seven Stars” pub. Turn around.
Up St Peters Road Hill and straight over and down to Mylor Harbour Cafe. Turn around.
Up Pennarow Road Hill to the top and turn right for Mylor village.
Right at the roundabout and through vlllage, up Passage Hill heading towards the Pandora Inn.
Turn right at the junction, past Paul and Hillary’s on the corner and down to Weir beach. Turn around.
Up Weir Hill and back the way you came turning next right to the Pandora. Turn around in the car park.
Back up the Pandora Hill and turn right at the junction.
Fork right at next junction and later fork right at the wooded triangle.
First right after Carclew lodge heading towards the“ Norway Inn”. At the junction turn around.
Back up Carclew Hill to the junction. Turn right.
Down to the main road. Turn around and head back up the hill. Turn right up “Hangman’s Hill”.
Follow road to junction in Penryn. Turn around.
Back up “Truro Hill” to Enys Lodge at the entrance to the estate. Turn around.
Back down the hill but turn first LEFT and go along “Round Ring”.
Go past “Road Closed” sign and with care down lane to join Gluvias Hill.
Down to bottom and finish!