Cornwall is known for it’s beautiful coastal and countryside scenery and a great way to see and explore it is on a bike and it’s great fun for all the family! There a numerous cycle trails across the county to suit all ages and abilities, whether you are looking for a leisurely, level ride, or something a little more challenging! Here are a couple of our favourites:
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. You can hire all sorts of bikes, from mountain bikes, to tandems, kids bikes and adult trikes from licenced bike hire shops in Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin. A popular ride on this trail, particularly if you have children with you is from Wadebridge to Padstow. This ride is level and only about 5 miles each way so not difficult and when you get to Padstow there is always lots going on and plenty of places to eat and drink, fish and chips from Rick Stein’s is our favorite!
Wadebridge & Padstow photographs:
The Coast to Coast Trail closely follows the line of two transport routes. The early horse-worked Portreath tramroad opened in 1812. This was the first surface tramroad in Cornwall. It gave the copper mines around Scorrier and St Day a transport route to the sea at Portreath. The other was the Redruth & Chacewater Railway. This was built from 1825 and linked the town of Redruth and mines around Gwennap, then the richest copper producing area in the world, to the port of Devoran on the south coast. You can cycle from Devoran to Portreath which is about 11 miles. There is a bike hire shop and cafe at Bissoe which is then roughly 3 miles to Devoran or 8 miles to Portreath. Alternatively, there is a bike hire shop near to Portreath (approximately 2 1/2 miles) on Chapel Hill called The Bike Barn. This ride is a little more challenging than The Camel Trail as it’s not as level but still suitable for families. Portreath has a lifeguarded beach (during the main season) and several shops, cafes and a pub.
Portreath & Devoran photographs:
There are many more cycle trails around Cornwall, you can get more information here