Make the most of our beautiful home and get exploring the area’s cycle trails.

 

Whether you’re looking for a gentle ride through countryside with your family, prefer a challenging and exhilarating route, or want to be wowed with spectacular views, St Austell and the surrounding Bay area has it all.

 

Check out our guide below for just some of the cycle trails in the area and add your own by commenting below!

 

 

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

Eden Project to Wheal Martyn

 

This five-mile trail crosses woodland, heathland and passes by working mines and clay pits. Car parking is available at the Eden Project and Wheal Martyn, where visitors are invited to make a small donation towards the museum’s charitable work. There is also an informal car park to the side of the A391 at Scredda (PL25 5RY).

 

Access to this trail starts from behind the Plum Car Park at the Eden Project; look out for the blue Clay Trail signs or granite way markers with black arrows.

 

Once on the trail, follow the path through a small field. At the T-junction a granite way marker points the direction to the left. After a short distance you’ll come to a small cross roads you need cross the road and the trail continues straight ahead through the wooden posts. Follow the path as it gently winds downhill. Listen and look for a stream that flows past on your left.

 

After three quarters of a mile you’ll pass through a gate and reach the village of Trethurgy. Turn right onto the road and walk uphill for 20 feet. At the top of the road take a left and then first right following the blue Clay Trail signs. Exit this road and re-join the trail on the left (signposted on the right).

 

Follow the trail for three miles, then go through a metal gate shortly followed by a wooden gate, which brings you out onto an open, wide-sloped section. At the top of the slope you’ll come to a T junction, where you should turn left.

 

Look ahead and to the left and you will see the granite tors of Carn Grey rocks and, beyond this, St Austell Bay. As you round the corner of the path you’ll be able to see into Baal Pit, a disused china clay pit, whose surreal landscape has featured in Dr Who.

 

Follow the trail around the perimeter of the pit, passing a shelter on your left. Carry on past the shelter and head towards the buildings ahead, keeping them on your left side.

 

At the end of the path take a left, following the blue sign, which will bring you out onto the A391. Cross the busy road with care – or preferably walk to the bridge and cross safely there.

 

Once across the road, turn right up a small hill keep the A391 on your right whilst you cross the small informal car-park. The trail continues to your left (look out for the dog bins). Continue for a quarter of a mile, then take a left fork on the path (the trail ahead takes you onto Sky Spur.

 

Follow the path as it gently winds and bends downhill for half a mile. Once you pass a metal gate and set of granite boulders, veer left and cross the road following the path, and look out for blue signs to Wheal Martyn.

 

Continue along the path, crossing the William Cookworthy bridge – named after the man who ‘discovered’ china clay in the 18th century. Then follow the trail as it runs parallel to the river and then through Ruddlemoor village green.

 

The final part of the trail is a slight incline up to Wheal Martyn. As you head towards Wheal Martyn you may notice ancient chimneys partially hidden by the undergrowth, reminders of the clay driers of the 19th century. Further on in the distance you can see today's working mines where powerful hoses are used to wash out the clay from the pit.

 

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

Carclaze Loop

 

This circular route will really blow away the cobwebs and takes you up to the top of one of the highest hills overlooking St Austell. Travel back in time through the beautiful and unique landscape of clay mining.

 

This route will take you up to the top of one of the highest hills overlooking St Austell Bay. Get up above the town and look out across the beautiful blue water to the day marker at Gribbin Head and maybe you'll even catch a glimpse of Fowey harbour over the headland.

 

Starting from Tremena Gardens head out towards the junction with Mennacuddle Hill. Take a left and carry on up Mennacuddle Hill until you cross over Drummers Hill and continue up Mount Stamper Road. Keep an eye out on the left-hand side and you will see a litter bin and a small path. Take the path and follow it round to the left. You will find yourself on National Cycle Route Two, on a wide stony trail.

 

Follow this downhill for about a quarter of a mile and take the first left hand fork that you come to. Take the next sharp left and follow the trail down the steep hill. Keep an eye out on the left side of the trail for an open grassy area with a fence all round; it's the ideal spot for a rest or even a picnic.

 

Continue on the trail down the hill to a gate. Take care with children as there is a road crossing.  Cross over into the trail and continue on the easy tarmac. After another quarter of a mile there is another fork. Bear left and keep on the trail for another mile and a half. Keep and eye out for a Carlyon Farm Kiln, a large ruined china clay drier on the left of the path.

 

You will come to a gate across a tarmac driveway. Cross over the small road whilst bearing left and cycle to the left of the wooden bollards. Follow the trail round to the left for about 100 yards until you emerge into Tremeena Gardens back where you started.

 

Things to do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

Wheal Martyn to St Austell

 

Known as the Green Corridor, this 1.9-mile trail is a great one for people of all ages to enjoy. There are some interesting mining heritage features to spot along the way.

 

Join the trail at the bottom of Wheal Martyn car park. After a few metres you’ll pass a metal chimney sculpture, created as part of a collection of art to celebrate the rich mining history of the area.

 

The trail runs for half a mile along wooded paths and through the small village of Ruddlemoor parallel to the road.  As you leave the village the trail runs alongside the river.

 

Once you have crossed the William Cookworthy Bridge you’ll round a corner marked with carved granite boulders. At the boulders head right along the path. Continue following this path for the rest of the trail.

 

After a small bridge you’ll spot the towering chimneys of an old clay drier on the left side of the path. Now overgrown with vegetation, Carlyon Farm Kilns were once the largest coal-fired china clay drying kilns. Look out for remnants of the internal narrow gauge railway system, which served the drier running along the loading platform edge. 

 

The trail continues on to run parallel to the modern day railway. Behind you there are pleasant views over the railway viaduct and of the clay hills on the skyline. The trail finishes in Tremena Gardens, a short walk from the centre of St Austell.

 

To view a more detailed road map of the trail entry point at Tremena Gardens click here

 

Car parking is available at Wheal Martyn, where visitors are invited to make a small donation towards the museum’s charitable work. St Austell town centre has some on-street parking as well as pay and display car parks.

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

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.

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

Eden Project to Bugle

 

This off-road 3.5-mile trail meanders through beautiful woodland, heathland and past a large fishing lake.

 

Starting from Eden Project’s Banana Car Park, follow the signs to Bugle/Clay Trails. This takes you past Strawberry Car Park towards the exit. The first portion of the trail runs mostly parallel to the cars’ exit route out of Eden.

 

At the end of this path, turn left, cross the road and then cross over the second road at the roundabout. Look out for the granite boulder carved with ‘Bugle’ and join the path that runs parallel to the right of the road. This path leads you through a woodland area and then continues slightly downhill until you reach an opening.

 

Turn left and continue along the road for a quarter of a mile passing Innis Inn on your right. Turn right and re-join the trail where indicated by the blue Clay Trails sign. Follow the path, keeping the lake to your right. After quarter of a mile you’ll pass Lake View, a platform offering a stunning vista of the lake.

 

Continue on the path for another half a mile until you reach a metal gate. Pass through the gate and then turn left onto the road following signs to Bugle. Continue along this road for half a mile, then at the T junction turn right following the signs for Bugle.

 

After quarter of a mile turn left off the road back onto the path, choosing the path that goes off to the left. Follow the trail as it inclines and winds around the edge of Rocks Tip. Continue along this path until you reach a sculpture of a horse, which marks the trail exit/entrance and the adjacent car park on Rosevear Road.

 

The sculpture depicts a Shire horse; a reminder of the extensive role of working horses within the China Clay industry, especially along the mineral tramways.

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 8 months ago

Wheal Martyn to Sky Spur

 

Parking is available at the start point, at Wheal Martyn for this two mile route. The trail ends at Carthew, where there is no road access, so you will need return to the start point at Wheal Martyn.

 

A large granite bolder pointing towards the Eden Project and St Austell marks the start of the trail at the bottom of Wheal Martyn car park. After a few metres you’ll pass a metal chimney sculpture, created as part of a collection of art to celebrate the rich mining history of the area.

 

The trail runs for half a mile along wooded paths and through the small village of Ruddlemoor parallel to the road. As you leave the village the trail runs alongside the river.

 

Once you have crossed the William Cookworthy Bridge – named after the man who ‘discovered’ china clay in the 18th century – you’ll round a corner marked with several carved granite boulders.

 

Carry on up the hill in the direction signposted ‘Eden Project 4.5m’. After 100 metres you’ll reach a plateau, where you should continue to follow the blue signs for Eden project. The trail crosses a road and then bears right through the gate. There is now a steady gentle incline followed by a steeper winding section.

 

Look out for the luminous-coloured dam at Ruddle Pit to your right, which takes its hue from the mica particles used to wash the clay. This spot is good for a picnic or resting place.

 

As the trail becomes very steep you will see a two-way granite way marker - continue straight on. You will soon reach a T-junction on the path take a left and follow the trail as it twists and turns, hugging the hillside for the remaining ¾ mile to the Sky Spur viewpoint. On a clear day you can see for miles across the beautiful landscape.

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails

The Clay Trails are a perfect way of getting out on your bike whilst exploring parts of St Austell that may have previously passed you by. Winding their way through the area’s unique landscape, you’ll be given an insight into how the China Clay industry physically shaped our landscape.

 

From this selection of trails expect turquoise dams, towering clay tips and historical listed buildings such as drying chimneys. Check out the posts below for some great cycle route ideas.

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Clay Trails
Posted: 9 months ago

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/)

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - The Clay and Coast Trail
Posted: 9 months ago

One of the great things about the Pentewan Valley Trail is its flexibility. There are various places to pick up and start the trail. You can park in Pentewan and follow the route towards St Austell or park in one the various small car parks along the road towards Pentewan and at King’s Wood.

 

At around 3.5 miles in its entirety, the route is flat and mostly of a hard surface, making it perfect for easy cycling. This is also a safe place to cycle, making it a great option for all ages and abilities.

 

You can expect the route to be lined with trees, wild flowers and wildlife and as it forms part of Route 3 of the National Cycle Network, you can extend your ride towards the town centre and Eden Project if you wish.

 

Hugging the banks of the St Austell River, you’ll meander your way to Pentewan (or Kings Wood depending on which direction you’re travelling). Impress your children with your historical knowledge and tell them that the river they’re cycling next to is also known as the White River, which dates back to when waste water from the China Clay industry was emptied into the river, turning it a white colour.

 

Also of interest is that the trail runs along the former Pentewan Railway, which was originally built in 1829 as a horse drawn tramway. It was later re-laid in 1874 to a narrow gauge railway, running until 1918.

 

If you’re cycling in the direction of Pentewan, don’t pass on the opportunity to reward yourself with an ice cream from one of the various vendors in the small village!

 

Things to Do - Cycle Routes & Trails - Pentewan Valley Trail

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