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Cycling in Cornwall

Cycling The Camel Trail & The Cornish Way

Explore the stunning county of Cornwall on your bike

Cycling in Cornwall

Cycling The Camel Trail & The Cornish Way

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The Cornish Way Cycle Routs
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Cornish Way Office
Cornwall County Council
New County Hall
Tel: 01872 322320

The Cornish Way' consist of five trails, plus the Camel Trail, providing a total of 180 miles/288km, for walkers and cyclists. Where possible, sections have been made available for the mobility impared and some sections of off-road route are also available for equestrian use.

Whether you explore just a few miles of 'The Cornish Way' or travel Cornwall end to end, your way will be signposted throughout.

A new Cornish Experience!
The trails open up a completely new leisure experience of Cornwall. You can enjoy days out exploring the rolling countryside, visiting the ruined remains of old engine houses, stopping to buy lunch at a village shop or a pint at a quaint Cornish pub, or pause to cool off in the clear blue waters of a quiet bay.

Wherever you choose to go, 'The Cornish Way' takes you through some of the County's most distinctive and scenic landscapes. So why not leave the car at 'Cheesewring Farm', get the wind in your hair and 'Explore Cornwall' at a slower pace.

A pleasant way to explore Cornwall
'The Cornish Way' is certainly a green and pleasant way to 'Explore Cornwall'. Routes on 'The Cornish Way' mainly consists of rural lanes and traffic free off-road sections, interspersed with through urban areas. The routes have been graded into three categories:

The guide is divided into sections covering each of the six trails that comprise 'The Cornish Way', including the nationally acclaimed Camel Trail These sections have been colour-coded as follows:

List of Trails

The First and Last Trail
(Lands End to Hail)
The First and Last Trail
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Cornish Way Office
Cornwall County Council
New County Hall
Tel: 01872 322320

Internationally recognised, Land's End is an obvious start or end point for any visitor to Cornwall.

Heading east along quiet lanes, the route leaves the magnificent coastline and enters the ancient landscape of West Penwith, taking in picturesque villages en route. The route's emergence on the more sheltered south coast offers a fantastic contrast to the exposed, barren coast at Land's End.

With continuous view's across Mount's Bay, the route provides a level, mainly traffic free link between Penzance and Marazion, as well as providing excellent links to popular tourist attractions such as St.Michael's Mount.

With the mount forming a spectacular backdrop, the trail leaves the south coast to follow minor roads along sheltered river valleys towards Hayle and the more rugged north coast.

The Engine House Trail
(Part of the Mineral Tramways Hail to Truro)

From the remains of the old foundries in Hayle to the engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall's industrial heritage are everywhere along this route.

Leaving the golden sands of Hayle behind, the trail follows quiet minor roads to Camborne before utilising a large traffic free route to Redruth.

This whole area was once one of the world's most intensively mined regions. Hundred of now silent engine houses, linked by disused paths and railways still haunt the landscape.

Leaving Redruth, the trail passes the small mining village of St Day before following one of the old tramways as it makes its way to the bustling city of Truro.

The Coast and Clay Trail
(Truro to Bodmin via St Austell)

This is the most challenging of the six trails, although there are easy sections to the north and south of St Austell. However, your efforts will be rewarded!

The route provides a contrast of landscapes; rolling farmland; wooded creeks; sheltered coves; colourful fishing villages; historic towns; and views of the unique lunar landscape of the china clay industry.

Take your time, spend a few days on the trail and visit some of the fantastic attractions en route. It's worth the effort but take care on narrow,winding roads

The North Cornwall Trail
(Bodmin to county boundary near Bude)

Following the upper reaches of the Camel Trail out of Bodmin and onto the quite lanes of Bodmin Moor, the route wends it way through pretty villages and across beautiful open moors.

Sections of the trail offer panoramic views across to the coast before dipping back into more sheltered valley bottoms. Heading north across the disused airfield at Davidstow, the trail crosses some of the most remote parts of Cornwall.

Near Hallworthy route splits, offering user the choice of taking the stunning... but energetic... coastal route, or the less strenuous inland route.

At Bude the route turns east, crossing the county boundary into Devon and linking into the rest of the National Cycle Network.

The St Piran Trail
(Truro to Padstow via Newquay)

Heading north from the cathedral city of Truro, the trail follows tranquil wooded valleys through pretty villages before reaching the coast for Newquay, Cornwall's most popular resort. Here the pace of life is more energetic... to match the internationally renowned surf.

From Newquay, the route head inland to the old market town of St Columb Major before turning north across Denzell Downs and on towards the thriving coastal village of Padstow The trail emerges on the banks of the Camel estuary where it joins The Camel Trail, Cornwall's third most popular attraction.

The Camel Trail
(Padstow to Bodmin)

The Camel Trail forms the western section of Route 3 of the SUSTRANS National Cycle Network from Bristol to Padstow 250 miles.

The Camel Trail winds through some of Cornwall's most beautiful and little known countryside part of which has been designed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cornwall County Council converted 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel from track bed to trail, linking the towns of Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. An extension owned and managed by North Cornwall District Council follows the river towards Camelford.

There are many visitors to the Trail each year; some use it daily for jogging or bird watching, others for an occasional day out walking or cycling.

Being on an old railway track the Trail is virtually level all the way. The surface is mainly smooth and so ideal for wheelchair users, pram and buggy pushers and people who have difficulty in walking on uneven surfaces.

The Trail provides safe and easy access to unspoilt countryside for those people unable to use woodland and coastal paths.

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