These scenic clay trails first opened in March 2005 and enable visitors to enjoy this unique area of Cornwall created by the clay mining industry. The trails are mainly gravel, easy for walking and cycling and most are suitable for horse riding. Some trails and pathways can also be used by electric mobility scooters.
The Par Beach to St Blazey trail passes through the local nature reserve and St Andrew's Park, the railway station and through the marshes of the old river estuary. A footpath links St Blazey to Eden; cyclists can use nearby Cornhill Lane, which is quiet but hilly.
Bugle to Eden is a relatively easy trail with one moderate climb, which passes woodland and a picnic shelter overlooking fishing lakes.
Wheal Martyn to Eden is slightly more difficult with some steep slopes. This route offers a 360-degree panorama providing spectacular views of St Austell Bay and the clay mines.
The Eden Project, which offers discounts (and fast-track queueing) to people arriving on foot or by bike, is a famously popular visitor attraction, as well as a serious research facility and education resource, aiming for carbon-neutrality.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.