๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ Enjoying Life in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

As winter crumbles away and Spring blooms full speed ahead in front of us, itโ€™s important to soak up the British sunshine as and when you can - god knows my pale skin needs it. Now that Iโ€™ve finished my degree and Iโ€™m free of the shackles of assignments, Iโ€™ve been able to do everything I want and more without the guilt of a word count to finish or a dissertation to hand in. Amazing!

Since the sun has been shining bright, Iโ€™ve taken the opportunity to get back into cycling. I loved it as a kid, so it made sense to start again when my boyfriendโ€™s family suggested going along the Plym Valley trail. After a long winter filled with cosy days and nights in the comfort of my own home, I was beyond ready to explore and get my legs moving again.

 
 

We started off in Coypool, where they have a handy โ€˜Bike Busโ€™ in which to hire bikes from. Hopping on the bike and wobbling my way around the car park, it wasnโ€™t long before balance returned and I got into the swing of things. Kind of. I revived the old saying of โ€˜itโ€™s just like riding a bike!โ€™, and Iโ€™m quite proud of it!

 
 

We took a leisurely cycle along the trail from Coypool to Clearbrook, around 9 miles. The trail is deceptively uphill for its entirety, and I really did begin to lag by the end of it.  

"I canโ€™t go any further"

"Come on Seren, you can do it!"

"I. CANNOT. DO. THIS."

"Thereโ€™s a pub just around the corner!"

"โ€ฆ Fine."

 
 

Pushing my thigh muscles to what felt like the very extremes, I made it to the pub. A few drinks and a hot dog later, I was ready to get back on the road. 20 minutes later, Iโ€™d practically flown down the trail.

 
 

I wasnโ€™t deterred by this mighty feat, so two weeks later my boyfriend and I decided to cycle the easier trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, a true treat in the British sunshine. The Camel Trail is completely flat and provides genuinely beautiful scenery for those who wish to pursue it. If youโ€™re able to travel there, I couldnโ€™t recommend it more โ€“ there are three bike hire stores in Wadebridge ready to help you with anything you may need, plus a huge incentive at the end in the form of a pasty.  I hired a bike for ยฃ12 and weaved my way to Padstow, where my boyfriend and I strolled around the shops and ate a well-deserved ice-cream. I personally love the postcards, the fudge and the illustrations the shops have to offer, so I made sure to invest in all three!

 
 

If youโ€™re at a loose end at a weekend, Iโ€™d definitely recommend having a go at some of the cycle trails. Theyโ€™re a great way to get some chore-free exercise and soak up the sun, especially if youโ€™re in the midst of studying and are in need of a desperate break.