Top 5 Cycling Trails in Cornwall

Posted by Select Cornwall

on 29/12/2020

Cornwall has a number of fantastic routes and trails for cycling. Cycle along some of the most beautiful coastal routes in the county! There are also a number of cycle trails that celebrate Cornwall's rich mining history, utilising old tramways and paths that were once vital in Cornwall's Industrial Heritage. 

The North Cornwall Trail

Bodmin to Bude

The North Cornwall Trail is a 40.5 mile trail from Bodmin to the Devon border. The trail is mostly a road trail, which is suitable for cyclists, horse riders and walkers.

The trail winds around the stunning North Cornish coast, starting at Bodmin. It trails through the quiet lanes of Bodmin Moor, through the stunning village of Bisland and winds through to Camelford.

Sections of the trail boast beautiful panoramic views across the north Cornish coast, before dipping back into sheltered valleys. The trail heads north, crossing some of Cornwall’s most remote locations.

If you’re looking for a strenuous route, follow the coastal trail through Milook. If you’re looking to cycle along an easier route, head inland through Week-St-Mary. Both parts of the trail meet in Bude. From there, you can travel further north, crossing into Devon.

Start the North Cornwall Trail in Bude and stay in this beautiful holiday cottage that sleeps 5!

Cycling in Cornwall

The First and Last Trail

Land’s End to Hayle

The First and Last Trail is a trail from Land’s End to Hayle, which is made up of both on road and off road sections. This trail is aptly named, starting at the western-most point of mainland England.

The trail is 25 miles long, traveling through some of West Cornwall’s most beautiful landscapes. Cycle through some picturesque villages, including Sennen, Lamorna and Mousehole. This trail certainly offers some stunning views!

Stay near the First and Last cycle trail in this beautiful holiday cottage in Marazion!

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The St. Piran Trail

Truro to Bodmin (via Newquay)

The St. Piran Tail is a 34.5 mile trail that starts in Truro and heads north through St Newlyn East to reach Newquay. The route heads inland from Newquay, through St. Columb Major and into the bustling town of Padstow. The trail then joins the popular Camel Trail, following the route until it reaches Bodmin.

This is a great trail for exploring some of Cornwall’s most popular locations, with Newquay and Padstow both being very popular holiday destinations.

Cornwall Cycle Trails

The Engine House Trail

Hayle to Truro

The Engine House Trail is a largely traffic free trail, which starts at the remains of the old foundries in Hayle. The trail is great for exploring the historic landscapes of West Cornwall, routing through the remains of Cornwall’s Industrial Heritage.

From Hayle, travel along the quiet minor roads towards Camborne. Cycle past a number of disused engine houses, located in the Camborne and Redruth Mining District. This section of the trail is traffic free, utilising the Mineral Tramways Project. The Mineral Tramways Trail is a network of trails that connect the remains of the industrial infrastructure, making them accessible to the public. They offer a safe and interesting route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

After Redruth, the cycle route passes through Caharrack, before joining another old tramway cycle route to Bissoe. From Bissoe, follow the route to Cornwall’s bustling cathedral city of Truro.  

Start the Engine House Trail in Hayle and stay in the beautiful Tack House, a cosy cottage that sleeps 2!

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The Clay Trails

Mid-Cornwall (St Austell area)

The Clay Trails are multi-use trails that wind through Cornwall’s china clay mining area. The trails opened in 2005 and offer an insight into the past and present of china clay mining in Cornwall. Pass beautiful turquoise dams, towering clay tips and historical listed buildings.

Celebrating the rich mining history, there are a series of sculptures dotted along the trail. The trails were opened as part of a restoration programme to encourage floral growth and to attract wildlife to the area.

There are nine trails that make up the Clay Trails:

  • Bodelva View Circular Route
  • Carclaze Loop
  • Pentewan Valley Trail
  • St Austell Circular
  • Eden Project to Wheal Martyn
  • Wheal Martyn to St Austell
  • Wheal Martyn to Sky Spur
  • Eden Project to Bugle
  • Par Beach to Eden Project

Stay near the Clay Trails in this stunning holiday house that sleeps 6!

Cornwall Cycling Routes | St Austell


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