5 Great Cycle hire routes in Cornwall
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5 Great Cycle hire routes in Cornwall

Discover 5 Great Cycle hire routes in Cornwall…

It’s hardly surprising that cycling is one of the most popular ways of getting around Cornwall. With its stunning landscape, great cycle paths and amazing pit stops, it’s the perfect way to explore this beautiful county. The Cornish Way cycle route is a fantastic initiative that has linked up over 200 miles of tracks, paths and routes that connect Bude in the East with Land’s End in the West. From challenging peaks to family-friendly trails, here are five of the best cycle routes in Cornwall.

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an 18-mile long cycle path that goes between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. It’s almost entirely traffic-free and relatively flat, making it ideal for little legs or those after a more relaxing time. It follows an old disused railway line along the Camel Estuary and goes through some stunning wooded areas, providing beautiful views of the Cornish countryside. There are plenty of villages to stop off in with cafes, pubs, shops and supermarkets, as well as spots along the way for a picnic. 

The Coast to Coast

This is one of the best cycle routes in Cornwall if you want a diverse and fun trail. It’s 11 miles long in each direction and goes from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the south coast. As you pedal away from the Atlantic sea you’ll go through woodland trails, wide open moorland paths, country trails and you’ll be able to see the diversity of the Cornish countryside. You’ll also pass through historic mining sites before arriving in beautiful Devoran. It’s a cycle trail suitable for older kids and anyone with average fitness.

Mineral Tramways Trail

Cornwall is famous for its mining past and old abandoned mining buildings are dotted around the county. There are six different trails that follow the old tramways which link up together so you can decide how long or short you want the route to be. It’s a great way to learn about Cornwall’s past and see the beautiful, wild countryside Cornwall has to offer. There are a few gentle inclines but it’s generally a great one to go on with kids.

The Clay Trails

These beautiful trails around St Austell are perfect for anyone who loves nature. Named so because of the area’s famous clay mining history, you can see tips and pits around almost all the paths. There are five trails in total, taking you from the coast towards the Eden project. Expect to see a lot of wildlife, rugged terrain and beautiful scenery. The trails are ideal for families and walkers.

Tamar Trails

The Tamar Trails are great for those looking for a bit of adventure. The Tamar Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its part of the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Site. In whichever direction you decide to take the 16-mile trails, you’ll get stunning views over the valley as well as some challenging ascents (like the climbs on the Wheal Maria Trail). The countryside is beautiful and there are plenty of places to stop off for a break!

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