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5 Best Cycling Trails in Cornwall
Apr 2019
 

Don’t let narrow unlit country roads put you off bringing your bike to Cornwall – there are plenty of opportunities for safely exploring the county’s stunning countryside and fascinating heritage by bike. Here are some of the area’s most popular cycling routes.

                        

Camel Trail

An 18-mile multi use trail that runs along a disused railway line between Padstow and Wenfordbridge, the Camel Trail is a scenic, family-friendly route that has something for everyone. Running through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the trail passes through some of the most amazing scenery in the South West. Two added bonuses – it’s virtually level (unlike many cycling trails in Cornwall) and it provides plenty of opportunities to stop at a pub or café in one of the towns on route.

Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods is a beautiful woodland area near Bodmin that offers a number of cycle trails ranging from family-friendly to the more intense 12km Bodmin Beast – a single track mountain biking trail with some challenging hills and descents. Popular with dog walkers, families, and cyclists alike, Cardinham Woods has great facilities, including the charming Woods Café, where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved Cornish cream tea after your ride.

The Great Flat Lode

A 7-mile route that’s brimming with Cornish mining history, the Great Flat Lode is one of Cornwall’s Mineral Tramway Trails. Circling the historic site of Carn Brea, the trail takes you through a mixture of farmland and heathland past some of the county’s most famous disused mines, including South Wheal Frances and South Crofty. The route is mostly off-road and fairly flat with a few steep parts – if you’re feeling energetic, de-saddle to climb Carn Brea and take in the amazing panoramic country views.

Bissoe Cycle Trail

Fancy cycling the breadth of Cornwall in a single day? It’s easier than it sounds – the Coast-to-Coast route is a leisurely 11-mile trail that runs from the quaint fishing village of Portreath on the north coast to the picturesque harbour village of Devoran on the south coast. Almost entirely traffic-free, the trail is another part of the Mineral Tramway Network and passes through numerous scenic areas, including Scorrier Woods, Poldice Valley, and Restronguet Creek.

Goss Moor Cycle Trail

A 7-mile multi-use trail that runs through a 480-hectare National Nature Reserve (NNR) near Roche, Goss Moor is a wildlife lover’s perfect day out. Full of rare plants and animals, you can enjoy your surroundings without worrying about traffic as you cycle along the mostly flat off-road trail.

Hoping to make one of these trails your new local bike ride? Lillicrap Chilcott can help you find your perfect countryside or waterfront home. View our Cornwall property directory or contact one of our friendly staff members for more information.