Clay Trails: Par Beach to Eden Project
Expect a relatively easy start to this four mile trail, however there is a steep final ascent to the Eden Project. This route offers varied scenery, from the coastline through the clay villages and on to the Eden Project.
The route begins at Par Beach Car Park. Turn left out of the car park, walking adjacent to the sea and sand dunes. As you start to reach the end of the holiday park, turn right towards a gate and private road. Go through these gates, crossing the small private road and continue along the path until it meets Par Green Road.
Turn left onto Par Green, then right onto Moorland Road. Take the next left and continue through the recreation ground, following the path towards Par train station. At the station continue on the path keeping the railway tracks to your left. The path narrows and brings you onto the bridge opposite the Royal Inn.
Turn left and go over the bridge then re-join the off-road path to the left. Head through the nature reserve, with a stream running on your left, then a lake on your right. The path is clearly marked with blue National Cycle Network signs. After the lake the path veers round to the left, continuing through a wooded area, then an open area. The reed beds and lagoons of the nature reserve are home to diverse wildlife. Keep an eye out for kingfishers, lapwings, buzzards, kestrels and reed warblers. Rare plants include pyramidal orchids, meadow foxtail and Cornish moneywort.
Once you reach the river turn right and carry on until you reach the road. Here, turn left and cross over to the other side, then pick up the path again on the right following the river. Once you have passed the football stadium turn left off the path and onto Station Road. At the T-junction turn right, bringing you to the junction with Fore Street, St Blazey, where walkers and cyclists diverge.
Turn right at the traffic lights, along Fore Street. Take the third left onto Cornhill road and continue uphill for approximately three quarters of a mile.
At the top of the road you reach a T-junction. Turn right, cross over the road and then go left, following the Clay Trails sign to the Eden Project. Continue downhill towards Tregrehan, passing some cottages on your right. At the bottom of the incline turn right (signposted to Eden Project), which takes you to an off-road track leading down to the Eden Project.
Follow the signed route for the ticket entrance to Eden – where walkers and cyclists get a discounted entry price.