Cycling in Cornwall offers loads of amazing Cycle trails. From challenging mountain bike trails to gentle riverside cycles, cycling in Cornwall really is for everyone. Come visit us in Cornwall for a beautiful day in the saddle! Click Here for Cycle Hire Shops
Cardinham Woods – The Bodmin Beast cycle trail
For those with a mountain bike and who fancy something with a bit of an energy requirement, plus a touch of adrenaline, The Bodmin Beast is calling. A 12km cycle trail winds its way around the slopes of Cardinham valley. Not for the faint hearted, this trail challenges experienced mountain bikers. Some hefty climbs and exhilarating descents will have you fired up for the technical challenges and open, winding trails. Go on, face up to the Bodmiin Beast!
Cardinham Woods – Other trails
For those who want to leave the Bodmin Beast at rest, there are several other more leisurely trails. Ideal for all the family to get some wheeled fresh air, with a rewarding stop at Wood’s Cafe to tempt you afterwards.
Goss Moor cycle trail
The 12 km circular trail is mostly flat and relatively easy – with much of it easy off road – allowing cyclists as well as disabled and novice walkers, easy and safe access to the moors. The trail is surfaced to be suitable for walking, cycling, horse-riding and for wheelchair or mobility scooter users and buggies. There’s access to the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve where an outstanding range of rare plants and animals thrive in abundance, plus additional and linking routes onto the nearby Tregoss Moor. Of course, being mostly flat and off-road, cyclists can concentrate on spotting what’s around them rather than what their feet are doing.
Seaton Valley Countryside Park
A short 2km circular ride around the delightful Seaton Valley Countryside Park, near Looe. Starting and ending at the parking area the route takes a gentle tour of the park, which includes a riverside stretch along the River Seaton and a little coastal stroll by Seaton beach. There is also a sensory garden and a nature reserve with lucky spottings of otters, kingfishers, dormice and butterflies.
The Mineral Trails
The rich mining area of Cornwall’s central mining district benefits from a 37.5 mile (60km) network of multi activity trails and are ideal for cyclists. Many of the trails closely follow the tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore and vital supplies to and from the many tin and copper mines in the area to ports such as Devoran and Portreath.
There are 6 trails (which also link in with other trails such as the Engine House Trail):
Tehidy Trail – this is a 4km trail with some steep sections but otherwise relatively flat.
Portreath Branchline Trail – this is a 8.8km trail which includes some sections of highway and one main road crossing which is unsuitable for horses. This trail links in with the Coast to Coast Trail, the Tehidy Trail and the Great Flat Lode Trail.
Tresavean Trail – this is a 1.8km trail which is generally level and off-road.
Great Flat Lode Trail – this is a 12km trail. This circular route has some steep sections but is mostly off-road taking you through a mixture of farmland, heathland and old mine sites.
Coast to Coast Trail – this is a 17.5 kms trail which is generally level and mostly off-road. This trail links in with the Wheal Busy Loop and the Redruth and Chacewater Railway Trail which in turn links in with the rest of the network of trails.
Redruth and Chacewater Railway Trail – this is a 12.4km trail which is based for the most part on the route of the original Redruth and Chacewater Railway. It is mostly level and off road, and occasionally crosses the public highway. This trail links in with the Great Flat Lode Trail, the Tresavean Trail and the Coast to Coast Trail.
The Great Flat Lode
This is a short, circular off road cycle that enjoys serving up a bit of Cornish heritage as a side to the ride. The trail circles the historic hilltop site of Carn Brea and you will also pass the mines of South Wheal Frances and South Wheal Crofty (the last working Cornish tin mine), as you head through some beautiful Cornish countryside. Good access points are Camborne or Redruth train stations, or the car park at Treskillard. The cycle trail forms part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and takes its name from a ‘lode’ of tin which was discovered lying at an angle of 30 degrees (rather than the typical 70 degrees). Take a breather and visit what’s left of Cornwall’s last tin smelter at Carnkie.
The Camel Trail
Probably the best known of all of Cornwall’s cycle trails, The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Following the river for a large part of it, the trail offers of refreshments at The Snail’s Pace eco-cafe at one end (Wenford Bridge) and of course, Padstow at the other end. Should you need a little stop in the middle, The Camel Trail Tea Garden is waiting for you!
The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:
- Padstow to Wadebridge – 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
- Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) – 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
- Bodmin to Wenfordbridge – 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)
One important point to note is that many of the cycle shops have various types of cycling equipment including tricycles, quad-cycles and tandems, allowing for a wide variety of people including those with physical issues.
NB: The trail can get busy in the height of summer with a limit on bike hires, so make sure you pre-book a cycle hire.
Lanhydrock Bike Trail
The Lanhdrock Trail is suitable for all ages and abilities, including disability bikes, it’s ideal for families. The great new trail offers a selection of rides with the most gentle one taking you deep into little explored woodland on the estate. The trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features. This particular ride is also the most suitable for trailers, tagalongs and disability bikes. There is also a new adventure playground which is located near the Park Café and the car park, for kids to lose any remaining energy whilst the adults relax with a nice refreshing tea.
Apart from these amazing trails there are obviously, numerous rides around the beautiful Cornish countryside. And, for those mountain bike riders, if you get in the know there are a few hidden trails off amongst various woods. We are not telling you where, but if you speak very nicely to any local riders, you never know……