This route is made up of a series of short cycling, walking and horse riding routes, which join together to make The Clay and Coast Trail. Largely traffic free, they’re a great way of winding your way through Mid-Cornwall, taking in some great scenery and countryside.
The total length of the trail is 45 miles, beginning in Truro and making its way through to Bodmin.
You can pick the trail up at Portloe on the National Cycle Network Route 3. Following the network signs, the route takes you through Caerhays and Goran Churchtown. As you head towards Portmellon and Mevagissey, you’ll find yourself on an urban road, before getting back off-road towards the Lost Gardens of Heligan and then towards St Austell town, remaining on the off-road Route 3 route.
Once you reach the more built up areas, the routes go back nto roads right the way through to the Eden Project and beyond.
This route is a great way of exploring the area and is sure to give you viewpoints you’ve not yet discovered. Seasoned cyclists may want to do the route in one day, but for everyone else, there’s nothing stopping you cutting the route up into chunks and getting out there weekend after weekend!
The trail offers a variety of flat and smooth surfaces, to steeper, uneven ground, but are suitable for cyclists (as well as walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users). Quad bikes, motorbikes and pony and traps are not allowed on this route.
For a map of the full route and more information click here. (LINK TO: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/countryside/cycle-routes-and-trails/the-coast-and-clay-trail/)