One of the best ways to explore Cornwall is on a bike. The county has a wide variety of safe tracks and trails, from quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours, to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside. Travelling at cycling or walking speed allows you to truly explore the countryside at your own pace and to enjoy places and experiences that may be missed when travelling in a car. What’s more, there are some wonderful places to stop and refresh en route: including some wonderful country inns and tea-gardens.
At the end of the day, the accommodation at Valleybrook is the perfect place to return to, with warm fires, luxury bathrooms and superb facilities [including the all essential washing machines and dryers!]. Here are just some of our ideas for cycle routes to try during your stay:
Bodmin MoorBodmin Moor has miles of tracks, paths and off road routes that you can follow, as well as some great pubs for the bits in between!
Cardinham WoodsCardinham Woods is a popular destination for cyclists of all kinds. Cycling is permitted on all the many miles of gravel tracks, so whether you want to ride gently beside the river, or try a more adventurous route on the steep valley sides, you will find the right conditions at Cardinham. Cycle hire is available with a good choice of bicycles for all the family.
Seaton Valley Countryside ParkSeaton Valley Countryside Park offers a lovely flat 2km track which winds its way through a valley bottom with ponds, woodlands, picnic areas and a beach at the end.
The Cornish WayThe Cornish Way runs for 180 miles from Land's End to Holsworthy, passing through historic towns, fishing villages and beautiful countryside on the way. One section on the southern route links St Austell to Camelford via Bodmin. The route passes the world famous Eden Project, the National Trust property of Lanhydrock House and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. It continues through Blisland and around the remote edges of Bodmin Moor, with its granite tors and panoramic landscape before returning to the north coast along some of the highest cliffs in Cornwall.
The Clay TrailsThe Clay Trails are three interlinked trails that travel through the stark beauty of the China Clay Country. They are largely gravel routes suitable for cycling, walking and horse-riding and all are wheelchair accessible. (Trail I) Par to St Blazey 3 miles, (Trail II) Bugle to Eden 4 miles, and (Trail III) Wheal Martyn to Eden 5 miles each way, offering on a clear day, wide ranging views across St Austell Bay. Work has begun on an additional forth trail linking to St Austell town.
For more information on cycle routes in and around Cornwall use the links above.