Cornwall LivingIssue #77

Camel to castle

We find out more about Cornwall Hospice Care’s next big adventure.

The team at Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care, have launched their next big adventure, the Camel to Castle Cycling Challenge. This five-day trip will take a group of 50 intrepid cyclists from the mouth of the River Camel to France, traversing Cornwall from west to east and ultimately cycling a total of 280 miles. Each and every mile cycled will be helping to fund the specialist care the charity provides to patients with terminal illnesses and to their carers, families and friends.

“cyclists will finish in the walled courtyard of the stunning Château des ducs de Bretagne…”

The route explores the beauty of Cornwall before an overnight ferry crossing to France where the challenge features much of the famous La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route. The grand finale will be in the heart of Nantes, the largest city in north-west France, where the cyclists will finish in the walled courtyard of the stunning Château des ducs de Bretagne (the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany).

This exciting challenge follows on from the success of the charity’s ‘Mount to Mont’ Cycle last autumn, when 39 cyclists set off from St Michael’s Mount, Marazion on a journey to Mont St Michel in Normandy. The record-breaking team raised a stunning £111,469. Oli Hoare, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Head of Fundraising, was one of the cyclists: “never before has an event or challenge raised such a phenomenal sum for Cornwall Hospice Care. After costs, the team funded the equivalent of 3,422 hours of nursing care. With just 19% of our care costs funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners, we hope people will join us to help raise the funds we need and for what we are sure will be a fantastic experience.”

The event is limited to 50 cyclists and just £149.00 secures a place. The charity is asking participants to raise a minimum of £1,960 and if the last Cornwall Hospice Care cycling challenge is anything to go by, this is an adventure not to be missed!


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If you’re interested in taking part be sure to visit or call 01726 66868 (option 3) for more details of how you can be part of this amazing adventure on two wheels!

"cyclists will finish in the walled courtyard of the stunning Château des ducs de Bretagne..."