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Cycling in Cornwall

The best mountain biking and cycle routes

Cycling in Cornwall is a delight. The region’s rural beauty and its network of cycle trails offer plenty for experienced riders or families looking to stretch their legs in the countryside.

There are coastal routes, woodland trails, peaks, valleys and everything in-between. In fact there’s something to meet the needs of every single cyclist – regardless of age and ability.

It wasn’t easy whittling the list down, but we managed to, and here’s our guide to the best routes for cycling in Cornwall.

The Coast to Coast Trail, Portreath to Devoran

Distance: 18 km

It may not be Britain’s best-known coast to coast route, but it’s certainly amongst its shortest and most spectacular.

The 11 mile ride is almost entirely off-road and comprised of two old railways running from Portreath in the north to Devoran in the south.

The gradients are gentle and the scenery both tranquil and stunning. With gorgeous seaside at each end, this is a lovely way to pass a few hours in the Cornish countryside.

Bodmin Beast trail

Distance: 11 km

Mountain biking Cornwall can often be a challenging way to see some of the region’s most dramatic and wild landscapes. Say thanks then to the Forestry Commission for making it so accessible.

The Bodmin Beast trail winds through the wooded slopes of the Cardinham Valley. The route is easily accessible but not too easy for mountain biking veterans.

With an ideal mix of challenging sections and cruising stretches, it offers the best of both worlds.

The Clay Trails, St Austell

Distance: Various from 3 – 8 km

Not just some of the most scenic cycling in Cornwall, this network of routes in the St Austell area also allows a ride through the history of the region’s clay mining industry.

All of the trails are accessible from the road with many offering car parking. The trails are also used by horse riders and walkers, but there are various diversions for bikes.

The Clay trails offer some of the most beautiful cycle trails in Cornwall with amazing wildlife to look out for and stunning woodland and coastline to explore.

The Camel Trail, Padstow to Wenford Bridge

Distance: 29 km

Probably the most famous of all the cycle trails in Cornwall, this 18 mile stretch of old railway track is a really enjoyable, accessible and scenic route along the Camel Estuary.

The smoothness of the trail makes it great for all ages and abilities, and the dedicated cycle hire shop offers bikes and trikes for wheelchair users.

All you need to do is pick your part of the trail between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow and enjoy the ride.

The Cornish Way, Land’s End to Bude

Distance: 200 km

This National Cycle Network tour offers some of the best of Cornwall from Land’s End to Bude.

Some of the best cycling in Cornwall begins at a traffic-free section on the most westerly point, before heading inland along quite rural roads. A coastal section heads inland from Marazion continuing on to Redruth where you can choose your own route.

One of the longest cycle routes in Cornwall, this trail takes in many of its natural and manmade highlights, including the Eden Project, Padstow, Land’s End, Bodmin and more!

Despite its length, the terrain is fairly welcoming and the roads are mainly quiet and rural, so it’s perfect for a peaceful ride!