Mineral Tramways Trail - Coast to Coast Cycle Route Cornwall
Also known as the Bissoe Trail, this is a fabulous, largely traffic free ride or walk, from Portreath to Devoran. The Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail takes you on a tour of some of Cornwall's historic mine buildings. The trail runs for about 14 miles along a path which steadily climbs to Wheal Busy before descending to Devoran.
The path starts on the coast at Portreath and heads through Wheal Rose, Todpool and Bissoe to Devoran. As well as the series of restored mines you will pass the beautiful Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve was a former mine site and has heathland, woodland, ponds and variety of widlife.
If you enjoy this route then you could try the Great Flat Lode Trail which is another of Cornwall's Mineral Tramway Trails. The circular route visits South Wheal Frances Mine, South Crofty mine and the historic hilltop site at Carn Brea.
Mineral Tramways Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Mineral Tramways Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Mineral Tramways Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Mineral Tramways Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near Redruth you will pass through the Poldice Valley. The area has a wonderful moon like appearance with the historic Poldice Mine buildings adding to the atmospheric landscape. It's a popular place for mountain biking with some excellent free jumps to try.