Five traffic free cycle trails in Cornwall

With so much of Cornwall to see, a bike gives you the freedom to discover and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace.

The county is filled with cycle trails which offer stunning views, and avoid the traffic on Cornwall’s roads. We’ve selected a few of our favourite traffic free cycle trails for you to try – find out more below:

The Camel Trail

Running between the historic town of Bodmin and the fishing port of Padstow, this 18 mile trail follows a disused railway line through the Cornish countryside and along the stunning Camel Estuary.

With plenty of pubs, shops, and restaurants to visit along the way, and cycle hire available from Padstow, Wadebridge, and Bodmin, this relatively flat, surfaced trail is perfect for enjoying some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.

Cardinham Woods

Located on the outskirts of Bodmin, Cardinham Woods is draped in a series of specially built cycle trails. The trails range from a number of family friendly routes, to the 12 kilometre ‘Bodmin Beast’, which is a single track trail with adrenaline filled climbs and descents.

Cardinham Woods offers cycle hire, and also features an award-winning café serving delicious homemade food using locally-sourced ingredients.

Pentewan Valley Trail

Following the old railway line between the village of Pentewan and the historic town of St Austell, this three mile trail runs through the picturesque wooded area of Pentewan valley.

Pentewan features a long stretch of sandy beach, and is filled with pubs, shops and restaurants – an ideal spot to relax after a ride.

Rock to Polzeath

Beginning at St Minver (just up the hill from Rock) this off-road trail takes riders through to the stunning Polzeath.

Created by the owners of The Point, whose land the trail runs through, this route passes across the golf course, past The Point’s café and restaurant (a perfect rest stop) and boasts some spectacular coastal views.

Wheal Martyn to the Eden Project

This route is one of five Clay Trails which surround the St Austell area. Setting off from the Wheal Martyn museum, this mostly wide gravel path trail enjoys views of south Cornwall’s China Clay country as it winds its way around former clay tips.

The trail finishes at the stunning Eden Project with is colourful gardens and towering biomes, and the chance to enjoy some freshly prepared local food.


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