Explore Cornwall

Cyclists look at the Eden project domes

Cornwall is a great place for a family holiday

Mum and daughter in front of chalk cliffs

Cornwall is a favourite holiday destination for lots of people - why not try visiting by bike?

Cyclists passing the sea

Sunshine, seaviews and ice cream by the seaside - Cornwall is full of fun

Large group of cyclists by the coast

There are fantastic views of the sea and coastline on many of these routes

Explore Cornwall’s hugely diverse landscape with a bike ride or on foot along one of our Cornish National Cycle Network routes.

Whether your interest in Cornwall is inspired by memories of a childhood seaside holiday, it’s prehistoric remains or local legends, Cornwall has so much to offer.

Its gentle dramatic headlands, magnificent coastline, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches can all be explored by bike or on foot by following our National Cycle Network routes.

Best for seeing the famous Cornish coastline – Mineral Tramways

This 12 mile Coast to Coast route starts on the Atlantic Coast at Portreath, once an important harbour for the surrounding mines, and finishes at the picturesque harbour village of Devoran. The traffic free trails showcase this varied and unusual landscape and offer a fantastic insight into the areas industrial past. 

Best for seeing the countryside – Pentewan Trail

Enjoy wild flowers, wooded countryside and fine coastal views on this 8 mile route from St Austell to Mevagissey.  The route takes you along a flat, former railway line past the beach and harbour at Pentewan. From here you can follow the traffic-free trail to the bustling village of Mevagissey.  If you want to keep going, you can follow the route onwards to the quieter fishing village of Portmellon.

Best for spotting wildlife – Clay Trails

The short 3 mile, largely traffic free route between Par Beach and St Blazey is perfect for families. The trail starts at the beautifully picturesque Par Sands Beach before taking you through the local nature reserve where you might be lucky enough to spot kingfishers, lapwings, buzzards and kestrels. From here you travel along the marshes of the old river estuary before arriving at St Blazey. 

Best for a family ride or walk – Camel Trail

One of the most popular recreational routes in the country, the 18 mile Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. The trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Best for investigating the local culture - Bodmin to the Eden Project

This 10 mile ride takes you through the Cornish countryside from the pretty town of Bodmin to the Eden Project - one of the country's best tourist attractions. Along the way you pass the National Trust property of Lanhaydrock and a wetland nature reserve.  At the Eden Project you can join one of the three Clay Trails which let you explore the surrounding area.

Best for challenging yourself – Cornish Way

This epic 123 mile route takes you from Lands’ End to Truro, travelling past St Buryan, Mousehole with its stunning harbour and along the coast to Newlyn.  From here the route takes you onto the popular tourist destination of Penzance. The route hugs the coast until Marazion before heading inland towards the Hayle Estuary and Camborne. You continue onto Redruth, passing the fantastic Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve before arriving in Truro.

Check out our recommended coastal rides for children from around the country.

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Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

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