Ride the Trafalgar Way


500km cycling event starting from Falmouth, Fish Strand Quay. Controls at Lewdown Victory Hall, Abbottsbury, Salisbury Sleep Stop - Bishop Wordsworth's School 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

500 km (500 km) in 33h20
06:00 to finish by 15:20 (+1 days)
Starting from:
Falmouth, Fish Strand Quay
Closing Date:
Enter soon as entries may close early if event is full

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. We are currently unable to accept online entries for non-member riders under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please complete a postal entry. Parents should note the information on the entry form and be aware that this is an individual ride without leaders.

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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Route Map

Ride the Trafalgar Way

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