Cornwall Cycle Routes
Cornwall is a wonderful place to cycle with spectacular rolling countryside and magnificent coastal scenery.
Many of the rides have some challenging climbs so the county suits the more enthusiastic cyclist though there are plenty of shorter rides for those that prefer a more relaxing ride.
Highlights of the county include the beautiful Camel Trail - a traffic free route following an old railway line, the coastal views on the route from Land's End to Penzance/Truro and of course the Cornwish way - nearly 200 miles of signed National Cycle Network trails crossing the county.
Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Cornwall Cycle Map>>
There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here
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|Bodmin to Bude||37 miles (60 km)||This route follows the Camel Trail and National Cycle route 3 from Bodmin to Bude through Bodmin Moor.|
The run along the River Camel at the start is particularly pleasant with a section through Dunmere and Park Woods. There are also some splendid coastal views as you approach Bude, including Widemouth Bay below. View Full Details>>
|Bude Marshes||3 miles (5 km)||This delightful local nature reserve in Bude is a great escape from the busy seaside town centre. You can enjoy a stroll along the Bude canal tow path with views of the River Neet. An off road National Cycle Network route runs along the opposite side.|
Habitats in the reserve include reed bed, wet grassland, woodland and willow carr. You can look out for a variety of birds from the bird hide, while otters can also been seen around the canal and river. View Full Details>>
|Bude to Bideford||40 miles (65 km)||Cross from Cornwall to Devon following National Cycle Network route 3 from Bude to Bideford. This section follows the Tarka trail: a popular off road cycle path which follows the River Torridge for a scenic and traffic free ride.|
You start by following the River Neet and the Bude Canal to Helebridge on a lovely traffic free path. Country roads then take you through Holsworthy and then Black Torrington before joining the Tarka Trail near Petrockstowe. This takes you all the way to Bideford on the River Torridge. View Full Details>>
|Bude to Okehampton||35 miles (56 km)||Follow National Cycle Network routes 3 and 27 from Bude in Cornwall to Okehampton in Devon. You start by following the River Neet and the Bude Canal to Helebridge on a lovely traffic free path. Country roads then take you through Holsworthy and then Hatherleigh before a pleasant run through Abbeyford Woods takes you to Okehampton. There are also lovely views of the rivers Torridge and Okement as you approach Okehampton. View Full Details>>|
|Camborne to Truro||17 miles (28 km)||Follow National Cycle route 3 from Camborne to Truro via Redruth. The route starts near the centre of Camborne and heads east to Redruth on a pleasant on road stretch that passes the historic Carn Brea with its medieval castle. The route continues eastwards on a mixture of on and off road sections passing the lovely Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. You'll then continue on quiet roads before a pleasant off road section takes you into the finish point in Truro. View Full Details>>|
|Camel Trail||18 miles (29 km)||This wonderful riverside trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel from Padstow to Poley's Bridge.|
You start by Padstow's lovely harbour near the delightful Prideaux Place with its deer park and gardens. You then follow the trail along the Camel estuary to Wadebridge which is an ideal place to stop for refreshments. The path continues towards Bodmin before a pleasant wooded section through Dunmere and Colquite Woods takes you to Hellanbridge. The trail finishes shortly after at Poley's Bridge.
This is a nice easy walk that is also open to cyclists and horse riders.
Please click here for a guide to the trail View Full Details>>
|Cardinham Woods||4 miles (7 km)||This large mixed woodland forest near Bodmin is very popular with walkers and cyclists. There are a number of way-marked walking and cycling routes of varying length and difficulty.|
Walkers can explore the forest on 4 different colour coded trails. For cyclists there are three mountain bike trails. The Bodmin Beast is of moderate difficulty but has enough challenges for experienced mountain bikers. The two other red grade trails are more challenging with steeper descents. Bike hire is available at the start of the routes.
Highlights in the forest include a section along the pretty Cardinham Water and the old Wheal Glynn Mine. There is also the excellent Woods Cafe where you can refresh yourself after your exercise. View Full Details>>
|Cornish Way||124 miles (200 km)||This is the complete National Cycle Network route from Land's End to Bude. The ride follows National Cycle routes 3 and 27 through some of the most beautiful countryside in Cornwall. The ride passes through Camborne, Redruth, Penzance, Truro, St Austell and Bodmin with several fantastic coastal sections to enjoy.
The route has been split into 3 sections: View Full Details>>
|Goss Moor Trail||7 miles (12 km)||This super Cornish trail is suitable for both walkers and cyclists and takes you on a tour of the 480 hectare Goss Moor National Nature Reserve. The heathland includes waterways, marshes and still pools with the Screech Owl Sanctuary providing another highlight.
The route can be accessed easily from St Columb Road Rail Station. View Full Details>>
|Great Flat Lode Trail||7 miles (10.5 km)||This is a short, circular off road walk or cycle that circles the historic hilltop site of Carn Brea. The route is one of Cornwall's Mineral Tramway Trails which take you on a tour of the disused mines of the county. You will pass South Wheal Frances and South Crofty mines as you head through some beautiful Cornish countryside.|
Good access points are Camborne or Redruth train stations, or the car park at Treskillard.
If you enjoy this trail you may also be interested in the Mineral Tramways trail which runs from Portreath to Devoran and also visits several historic mine buildings. View Full Details>>
|Hayle Estuary||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around the beautiful Hayle Estuary RSPB reserve in Cornwall. A section of the South West Coast Path runs along the estuary from Hayle Harbour to Lelant. There's tremendous views of Porth Kidney Sands and a visit to Griggs Quay to enjoy.|
The route starts in Hayle near to the train station and harbour. You soon come to the delightful Carnsew Pool where there is a circular walking trail around the water. You continue towards Lelant Water and RSPB Ryan's Field. Here you will find a lagoon with little islands where you can look out for a variety of birds.
The next section takes you past Griggs Quay to Lelant where you have the option of continuing to Porth Kidney Sands.
The reserve is wonderful for bird watching with 18,000 birds including many wading birds, gulls and terns. Look out for teal, curlew, little egret and oystercatcher as you make your way around this stunning area. In Hayle you can also visit the Copperhouse Pool next to the harbour. There's a path along the Copperhouse Creek where you can get very close to the birds.
National Cycle Network Route 3 passes the site so you can extend your outing by heading south to St Erth along the River Hayle. Walkers can continue west along the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay and St Ives. View Full Details>>
|Idless Woods||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy miles of woodland walking and cycling trails in this beautiful area of mixed woodland near Truro. This circular route starts at the car park at the western end of the forest and takes you around the area on good paths. Features in the forest include an Iron Age hill fort, lots of pretty bluebells in spring and the River Allen which runs past the western end of the forest. The woods are made up of beeches, larches and eucalyptus. It's a great for wildlife too with roe deer, otters and badgers to look out for. |
The woods are are very popular with mountain bikers with numerous off road trails to try. View Full Details>>
|Land's End to Penzance||16 miles (25 km)||Starting at the most westerly tip of the mainland by the Trevescan cliff follow National Cycle route 3 to Penzance. The route starts with a traffic free section near the coast before heading inland on a series of country roads. Shortly after St Buryan you will pass the Merry Maidens Stone Circle (below) before ariving at Mousehole with its stunning harbour. Just to south is the lovely Kemyel Crease wildlife reserve. |
You'll then follow an off road track along the coast to Newlyn and then onto the finish point at Penzance. View Full Details>>
|Land's End to Truro||43 miles (70 km)||Starting at the most westerly tip of the mainland by the Trevescan cliff follow National Cycle route 3 to Truro. The route starts with a traffic free section near the coast before heading inland on a series of country roads. Shortly after St Buryan you will pass the Merry Maidens Stone Circle (below) before ariving at Mousehole with its stunning harbour.
You'll then follow an off road track along the coast to Newlyn and then onto the popular tourist destination of Penzance. From here follow the off road St Michael's way along the coast to Marazion, where you will find the splendid St Michael's Mount.|
The route then heads inland towards the Hayle Estuary and then Camborne. You continue east through Redruth on a mixture of on and off road sections passing the lovely Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. You'll then continue on quiet roads before a pleasant off road section takes you into the finish point in Truro. View Full Details>>
|Lanhydrock||2 miles (4 km)||This walk takes you to the beautiful Lanhydrock estate from Bodmin Parkway Train Station. You can catch a train from Truro or St Austell to Bodmin Parkway and then follow footpaths to Lanhydrock. It's a nice two mile walk along the River Fowey and through woodland to the National Trust owned Victorian country house. The estate is very special with wonderful architecture and beautiful gardens. There are 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens to explore on a network of good footpaths. Highlights include the magnolia arch by the thatched cottage and beautiful herbaceous borders. You can also visit the magnificent house and explore the kitchen area, servants' quarters and museum. |
Although the whole of this route is designed for walkers cyclists can also enjoy a number of trails in the estate. There are easy, moderate and difficult trails to try. Click here to see a trail map or look at the Open Street Map link below which shows the trails marked in blue just to the north of the car park. You can also hire bikes within the estate.
To continue your walking in the area head a couple of miles south and you can pick up the Saints Way long distance trail. You can then visit Helman Tor and the Breney Common Nature Reserve where you can enjoy fine views over Bodmin Moor and look out for wildlife including Ponies and the rare Orange Top butterfly.
In nearby Bodmin you can pick up the Camel Trail cycling and walking route which will take you along the River Camel on a splendid traffic free path.
The Cornish Way cycle route also passes close to the estate. View Full Details>>
|Looe to Lostwithiel||17 miles (27 km)||This route starts on the bridge at Looe and follows the West Looe river north west before heading into the countryside towards Lostwithiel on country roads. The route finishes on another bridge, this time over the River Fowey. View Full Details>>|
|Mineral Tramways Trail||15 miles (24 km)||This is a fabulous, largely traffic free ride or walk, from Portreath to Devoran. It is known as the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail taking you on a tour of some of Cornwall's historic mine buildings.|
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. View Full Details>>
|Mount Edgcumbe Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||With 865 acres of parkland, beautiful landscaped Cornish gardens and stunning coastline, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is a fantastic place to visit. |
This circular walk begins at the parking lot, near the Cremyll Ferry which you can catch from Plymouth to the park. The path then joins the coastal path to Raveness Point, passing the beautiful Barn Pool (see video) and the Raven's Cliffs. You continue to Picklecombe Point before returning to the start point through the delightful deer park, passing the magnificent Mount Edgcumbe House on the way.
NB. The route below is designed for walkers but National Cycle Network route 2 runs through the park. Also see the Plymouth to Looe cycle route for a ride through Devon to Cornwall which runs through the park. View Full Details>>
|Newquay to Padstow||21 miles (33 km)||Follow national cycle network route 32 on this attractive ride. View Full Details>>|
|Padstow to Bodmin||14 miles (22 km)||Follow the Camel Trail from Padstow to Bodmin on this beautiful route.|
The trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel through attractive moorland and woodland and is ideal for families being flat and off road. View Full Details>>
|Padstow to Bude||47 miles (75 km)||This attractive route follows national cycle network routes 32 and 3 from Padstow to Bude. Highlights include the delightful Camel Trail which runs in part along the River Camel, the scenery at Bodmin Moor and a lovely coastal stretch into the finish at Bude that has views of the beautiful Widemouth Bay. View Full Details>>|
|Penrose Estate||7 miles (10.5 km)||This lovely National Trust owned estate near Porthleven has a number of excellent cycling and walking trails around a large coastal lake. |
The Loe or Loe Pool is the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall. It is separated from the sea by a shingle bar. The lake is surrounded by attractive farmland, woodland and coast. It's a great place for a safe family cycle with miles of bridleways around the estate. Walkers can also enjoy miles of woodlands and lakeside trails.
The route starts from the Penrose Hill National Trust car park just to the east of Porthleven. You then follow woodland trails to the nearby town of Helston, passing the River Cober on the way. Helston has a pretty boating lake and nice tea rooms so is a good place to stop for refreshments.
From Helston you turn around and head back towards the lake through the beautiful Loe Valley and Degibna Wood. More woodland and lakeside sections then take you to the shingle beach at Loe Bar and Porthleven Sands where there are lovely coastal views.
After passing along the coast you return to the car park on woodland and waterside paths.
The walk can easily be extending by heading further up the coast to Gunwalloe where there are more pretty beaches and a valley reedbed which attracts a variety of birdlife. You could also head towards Porthleven and enjoy a stroll around the pretty village and harbour.
You can virtually explore the area using the google street view link below! View Full Details>>
|Pentewan Trail||7 miles (11 km)||The Pentewan trail is a lovely traffic free cycle and walking path running from St Austell to Mevagissey along National Cycle route 3.|
The trail follows an old railway line and the St Austell River for part of the way and also includes a woodland section through King's Wood. There is also a short detour to the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan which boasts 200 acres of gardens including Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, and a lush sub-tropical Jungle. From Heligan the path descends to the finish point at the lovely harbour at Mevagissey.
Also please note that at King's Wood there is the option of heading to the beach and harbour at Pentewan. View Full Details>>
|Penzance to Camborne||16 miles (25 km)||Starting in Penzance follow National Cycle route 3 to Camborne on this attractive route. The route begins near the train station in Penzance and follows the off road St Michael's way along the coast to Marazion, where you will find the lovely Marazion Marsh - an RSPB nature reserve with views of the wonderful St Michael's Mount (below). |
You will then turn inland towards the Hayle Estuary where you will find a variety of birdlife. The route then heads east on off road paths and country roads to the finish point at Camborne View Full Details>>
|Plymouth to Looe||22 miles (35 km)||This route follows National Cycle routes 27 and 2 from Plymouth in Devon to Looe in Cornwall. The route starts on the south west coast path in Plymouth following it to the Cremyll Ferry which will take you across the water into Cornwall. There is then a nice off road section through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park before rejoining the South West Coast path with its splendid views of the beautiful Whitsand Bay (below). The route continues to Looe with more spectacular coastal scenery to enjoy including views of Tregantle fort and the lovely seaside village of Seaton. View Full Details>>|
|Seaton Valley Countryside Park||2 miles (3 km)||A short circular ride or walk around the delightful Seaton Valley Countryside Park on the Cornish Coast at Seaton, near Looe.|
The route begins at the parking facilities and takes you on a tour of the park which includes a riverside stretch along the River Seaton, and a coastal stroll by Seaton beach. There is also a sensory garden and a nature reserve with otters, kingfishers, dormice and butterflies. View Full Details>>
|Siblyback Lake||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle on the new waterside path around this beautiful lake and country park in Cornwall. The track runs around the perimeter of the lake and is great for families or anyone looking for a nice easy ride. There are also lovely views of Bodmin Moor and the surrounding Cornish countryside. A cafe overlooking the lake is perfect for rest and refreshment after your exercise.|
Siblyback Lake is located just a few miles north of Liskeard.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could visit the splendid Golitha Falls where you will find spectacular waterfalls in a woodland gorge. View Full Details>>
|St Austell to Bodmin||14 miles (22 km)||Follow National Cycle Network route 3 on this short route which passes through some lovely countryside. The main highlight on the route though is the splendid Eden Project which is near the beginning of the route. Here you can see giant greenhouses with fantastic plantlife and beautiful gardens and exhibits. Also on the route is the lovely Breney Common Nature Reserve and just to the east the Helman Tor Geological Site. Finally be sure to visit Lanhydrock - a magnificent country house owned by the National Trust and situated just before the end of the route at Bodmin. View Full Details>>|
|St Austell to Bude||50 miles (80 km)||Follow national cycle network route 3 from St Austell to Bude via Bodmin. Highlights include the delightful Camel Trail which runs in part along the River Camel and a lovely coastal stretch into the finish at Bude including views of Widemouth Bay. Also take time to see the wonderful Eden Project which is located near St Austell and Lanhydrock-a magnificent country house owned by the National Trust and situated near Bodmin . View Full Details>>|
|St Austell to Lostwithiel||19 miles (30 km)||Follow National Cycle route 3 from St Austell to Lostwithiel on this lovely Cornish route. The route starts near the St Austell town centre and then heads north along a dismantled railway line before turning east to Trethurgy through the China clay works. You'll then pass the wonderful Eden Project before heading north on country roads to the Helman Tor nature reserve. The next route highlight you will come to is Lanhydrock - a magnificent country house owned by the National Trust. The route then heads south on an off road path by the river Fowey passing the 12th century Restormel Castle shortly before arriving at the finish point at Lostwithiel. View Full Details>>|
|St Austell to Par||9 miles (15 km)||This short ride takes you along National Cycle route 3 from St Austell to Par. Much of this pleasant route is traffic free with the finish point at the attractive Par sands making it a nice leisurely afternoon ride. The route starts near St Austell train station following off road paths to the China clay works near Trethurgy before heading south east past the Eden Project which is well worth a visit. You'll then continue to St Blazey before the finish point on the beach at Par Sands. View Full Details>>|
|Stithians Lake||5 miles (7.5 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this country park near Redruth in Cornwall. The route starts at the car park on the eastern side of the lake and runs right alongside the lake for most of the way. There is a short section along country lanes to Penmarth at around the half way point. For walkers the path runs around the whole of the lake but the cycle path runs for a shorter distance to the dam at the north end of the lake.|
The park is great for bird watching with a number of hides to use. There's also a splendid cafe and a watersports centre.
To extend your walking in the area you can visit the lovely Kennall Vale Nature Reserve. Here you'll find nice woodland walking trails along the River Kennal and the ruins of Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works. View Full Details>>
|Tehidy Country Park||5 miles (7.5 km)||Explore 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes at Tehidy, near Portreath, in Cornwall. There are a number of easy walking and cycling paths running through the park. There is also an abundance of wildlife with swans, geese, rooks, jackdaws, coots, moor hens, grey squirrels, otters, and badgers. |
This circular route begins and ends at the parking area at the eastern end of the park but Camborne rail station is only about 2 miles away so is a good option for cyclists. The path is also very near to the coast at Portreath so the walk can be extended in order to see the delightful coves and beaches in the area.
To continue your walking in this beautiful area you could pick up the South West Coast Path and head to Godrevy Head. The stretch of coast is managed by the National Trust so there are good footpaths and facilities along the way. View Full Details>>
|Truro to Newquay||14 miles (22 km)||Follow National Cycle route 32 between these Cornish towns. There is some lovely scenery on the route with highlights including the lovely coast at Newquay and Trerice - an Elizabethan manor house near Newquay. View Full Details>>|
|Truro to Padstow||34 miles (55 km)||Follow national cycle network route 32 from Truro to Padstow via Newquay. This challenging route rewards the rider with some stunning views and exciting descents. The route goes through the famous seaside resort of Newquay with the lovely Trerice Elizabethan manor house an attraction on the way. View Full Details>>|
|Truro to St Austell||31 miles (50 km)||Follow National Cycle Network route 3 from Truro through some spectacular Cornish scenery and a beautiful coastal stretch to the popular town of St Austell. The route starts with a lovely off road stretch by the Truro river before boarding the King Harry Ferry to take you across the river Fal. You continue to the coast with fantastic views of Pendower and Carne Beach before coming to the beautiful Portloe (pictured below).The route then passes through St Michael Caerhays before arriving at the beautiful port of Mevagissey and the nearby world renowned Lost Gardens of Heligan. A short on road stretch then takes you onto the finish point at St Austell. View Full Details>>|
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