Ride the Trafalgar Way


600km cycling event starting from Falmouth, Fish Strand Quay. Controls at Lewdown Victory Hall, Abbottsbury, Salisbury Sleep Stop - Bishop Wordsworth's School, South Parade Pier, Portsmouth and The Admiralty., plus 8 information controls.

Ride the Trafalgar Way Audax is an individual challenge starting at Fish Strand Quay, Falmouth and finishing in London.

The Ride the Traflgar Way route broadly follows that taken in November 1805, after the Battle of Trafalgar took place on 21st October.

News of the British Navy victory, as well as the death of Admiral Lord Nelson needed to be sent back to the Admiralty, London.

Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere was handed despatches and ordered to sail and deliver them to the Admiralty as soon as possible.

When his ship landed just off the coast of Falmouth on 4th November, so would begin his epic 38 hour journey post chaise (via a horse drawn coach) to London, making 21 stops along the way to change horses.

The route taken is now known as the Trafalgar Way. In 2005 (as part of the bicentenary celebrations) Axminster renamed a section of road in the town to The Trafalgar Way.

Over 200 years later riders will closely follow that journey, passing through all but one of the 21 stopping locations (the route doesn’t go through Woodyates), only this time on their bicycle!

Ps The inaugural RTTW Audax will finish on Nelson’s birthday 29th September (1758)

You will pass through the cities, towns and villages of Truro, Fraddon, Bodmin, Minion Launceston and Okehampton before passing Dartmoor and descending into the cathedral city of Exeter, Honiton, Axminster - passing along a road renamed The Trafalgar Way in 2005, then onwards to Bridport cycling along the Jurassic Coast, Dorchester and Blandford Forum before passing through the cathedral city of Salisbury, Andover, Overton, Basingstoke, Hartley Wintney, Camberley and Sunningdale before heading into central London via Parliament Square finishing at Admiralty House, Whitehall.

Event Date and Location

600 km (600 km) in 40h00
06:00 to finish by 22:00 (+1 days)
Starting from:
Falmouth, Fish Strand Quay
Closing Date:
Enter soon as entries may close early if event is full

NON-MEMBERS are welcome but need to register first. This is free - we ask you to do this so we can verify your contact details. You only need to register once and can then enter multiple events or in future convert to paid membership.

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. This can be declared by the parent/guardian making an online entry on behalf of the under 18 rider. Otherwise, although an entry can be made online, the parent/guardian should complete and sign the parental consent form available here. More information about event entry terms related to under 18 year olds is here.

Event Information

15-30 km/h
Audax Club Bristol
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Organiser Information

Paul Rainbow

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Food and/or drink may be available en route
Food and/or drink may be available en route
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Ride the Trafalgar Way

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