Cornwall is a great place to swap your legs for two wheels. Cyclists of every standard will find something to get their teeth into, whether you’re pottering along with the kids in tow or embarking on an epic back-country adventure.
Trail riding is particularly easy and accessible in Cornwall, with bases such as Cardinham and Lanhydrock offering plenty of scope for progressing if you’re looking to develop your fitness levels.
Here are a collection of our favourites…
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
There’s three specially designed cycle trails at Cardinham for those of any ability. The routes take you through the deepest depths of these stunning pine tree woods, eventually looping back to the main car park hub. Whether you’ve got your own bike or you need to take advantage of the hired bike facilities, a visit to Cardinham is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
Read a full review for more information about cycling at Cardinham woods.
The Camel Trail, Bodmin to Padstow
This 15 mile route from the moors to the coast allows you to relax and enjoy the great scenery thanks to the largely flat clay trail, which was a railway branch line up until the 1980’s. From the edge of Bodmin Moor the trail takes you through the beautiful Camel Valley (home to a famous vineyard, where you can stop and sample the wines) and on to the Camel Estuary, arriving in Wadebridge where you can enjoy a well-earned break and wander around the shops.
Read a full review of our cycle along the Camel Trail.
Pentewan Valley, St Austell
Roughly 5 miles long, Pentewan Valley trail runs from the edge of St Austell towards Pentewan Beach near Mevagissey. The trail is mostly flat and takes you through the centre of the wooded valley before you transfer from the darkness of the trees into the beautiful coastal village of Pentewan and it’s huge sandy beach. Don’t miss the chance to tuck into a burger at HUBBOX as a reward for your efforts!
Read a full review of our trip to Pentewan Valley.
A great way of keeping fit and seeing a lot of the countryside, cycling might require a bit more kit than walking or running but the rewards are definitely there. One final tip – the sense of achievement when you’ve completed a route of many miles is best appreciated with a nice cold pint in-hand!
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