One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery in Cornwall is to view it by bike. With the fresh sea breeze blowing in your face, you can enjoy the smell of the sea while paddling around this beautiful county. With your bicycle, you also cover more ground in a day, plus it will be good for your health.
The best part is that Cornwall has been developed to be bike-friendly, with many National Cycle Network routes that allow you to explore the best spots on two wheels. These paths will give you unparalleled views of the coastline, beaches, coves, moorlands, headlands, cliffs, and everything else in between.
1. Mineral Tramways Route
This route goes from coast to coast, covering about 12 miles starting from Portreath, a harbor that was vital for mining. It ends at the village of Devoran, which is a pretty and quaint harbor village. Along the way, there is no traffic to be expected, so you can stare at the beautiful landscape. At the same time, you get to see the interesting industrial past in these parts of Cornwall.
2. Pentewan Trail
This is a bike trail 8 miles long connecting St. Austell and Mevagissey. It is a relatively easier way until Pentwean, along a disused, flat railway line with some nice views of the coast on one side and the countryside on the other. From there, there is a traffic-free route all the way to Mevagissey. If you want to go a bit further, you can continue on the route to the quiet fishing village Portmellon.
3. Camel Trail
Popular for being family-friendly, the Camel Trail is one of the popular routes in Cornwall, going from Padstow all the way to Wenford Bridge. It passes by Bodmin and Wadebridge as well. Bikers can enjoy the quiet beauty of upper Camel Valley’s countryside and the pretty Camel Estuary, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is the perfect spot for bird watching if you want to take a break between biking.
4. Bodmin to the Eden Project
This 10-mile ride will transport you from Bodmin to one of Cornwall’s best attractions, the Eden Project. Along the way, you can view the National Trust property of Lanhydrock. When you reach the end, you can continue to explore the area around through the 3 Clay Trails.
5. Cornish Way
If you are looking for a more challenging route, you can take the 123-mile trail from Land’s End all the way to Truro. Along the way, you will go past St. Buryan, Mousehole and its stunning harbor, and the coast to Newlyn. You will then get to Penzance, one of the county’s more popular tourist destinations. The ride continues along the coast until you hit Marazion before you go inland in the direction of Hayle Estuary and Camborne. You bike further to Redruth, through the Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve, and finally arriving at your destination.
Tips For Cycling In Cornwall
Thanks to the available routes, touring Cornwall with your bike is easy. Most of these trails are not that long, so it is easy to take day rides. Thus, you only need a few necessities like water, snacks, phone, and money. However, as there are no bike repair shops along the way, best bring your own lights and a simple repair kit just in case. Of course, water is important, as well as wearing clothes that are appropriate for the weather and are still comfortable.
So, with your map all ready and your bag packed, you can start your trip around Cornwall on two wheels.