GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


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

For more information on cycle routes in Cornwall including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Bodmin to Bude37 miles (60 km)This route follows the Camel Trail and NCN route 3 from Bodmin to Bude through Bodmin Moor View Full Details>>
Bude Marshes3 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. View Full Details>>
Bude to Bideford40 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. View Full Details>>
Bude to Okehampton35 miles (56 km)Follow National Cycle Network routes 3 and 27 from Bude in Cornwall to Okehampton in Devon View Full Details>>
Camborne to Truro17 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 Trail18 miles (29 km)This wonderful riverside trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel from Padstow to Poley's Bridge. View Full Details>>
Cardinham Woods4 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. View Full Details>>
Cornish Way124 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. View Full Details>>
Goss Moor Trail7 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. View Full Details>>
Great Flat Lode Trail7 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. View Full Details>>
Hayle Estuary2 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. View Full Details>>
Idless Woods2 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. View Full Details>>
Land's End to Penzance16 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. View Full Details>>
Land's End to Truro43 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. View Full Details>>
Lanhydrock2 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. View Full Details>>
Looe to Lostwithiel17 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 View Full Details>>
Mineral Tramways Trail15 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. View Full Details>>
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park3 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. View Full Details>>
Newquay to Padstow21 miles (33 km)Follow national cycle network route 32 on this attractive ride View Full Details>>
Padstow to Bodmin14 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 Bude47 miles (75 km)This attractive route follows national cycle network routes 32 and 3 from Padstow to Bude View Full Details>>
Penrose Estate7 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. View Full Details>>
Pentewan Trail7 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. View Full Details>>
Penzance to Camborne16 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). View Full Details>>
Plymouth to Looe22 miles (35 km)This route follows NCN routes 27 and 2 from Plymouth in Devon to Looe in Cornwall View Full Details>>
Seaton Valley Countryside Park2 miles (3 km)A short circular ride or walk around the delightful Seaton Valley Countryside Park on the Cornish Coast at Seaton, near Looe. View Full Details>>
Siblyback Lake4 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. View Full Details>>
St Austell to Bodmin14 miles (22 km)Follow National Cycle Network route 3 on this short route which passes through some lovely countryside View Full Details>>
St Austell to Bude50 miles (80 km)Follow national cycle network route 3 from St Austell to Bude via Bodmin View Full Details>>
St Austell to Lostwithiel19 miles (30 km)Follow National Cycle route 3 from St Austell to Lostwithiel on this lovely Cornish route View Full Details>>
St Austell to Par9 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 Lake5 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. View Full Details>>
Tehidy Country Park5 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. View Full Details>>
Truro to Newquay14 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 Padstow34 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 Austell31 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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