The Cornish Way runs from Land's End to Bude. The route splits at Truro, with one route going via Padstow and the other via St Austell before joining again at Bodmin.
Lands End to Truro starts with a traffic-free section before heading inland on quiet country roads. The route takes you past St Buryan, Mousehole with its stunning harbour and along the coast to Newlyn. From here you cycle onwards to the popular tourist destination of Penzance.
From here the route hugs the coast until Marazion, allowing you to enjoy glorious sea views and a lovely breeze. At Marazion, you head inland towards the Hayle Estuary and Camborne. Next, you continue on to Redruth, passing the fantastic Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve before arriving in Truro.
If you enjoy wildlife then it’s definitely worth making a stop at the Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve. It’s wonderful to see how this former mine site has been turned into a nature reserve with woodland, ponds and regenerating heathland. While visiting you may be lucky enough to spot the scarce blue-tailed damselfly or the grayling butterfly.
The Cornish Way splits at Truro. Option 1 is to take Route 3. This is the coastal option, taking in Mevagissey, St. Austell and the Eden Project before the route options rejoin Bodmin. The Eden Project is an amazing place and we recommend that you plan a visit into your trip. The massive geodesic domes look positively futuristic as they rise out of the landscape. Housed within them is the largest rainforest in captivity and there are lots of opportunities to learn about the plants if you’re interested.
Option 2 follows Route 32 north from Truro and along minor roads inland to Newquay, Cornwall's most popular holiday destination. From here it travels to the old market town of St. Columb Major and then on to the beautiful coastal village of Padstow. Padstow to Bodmin via Wadebridge is known as the Camel Trail and is one of the most popular recreational routes in the country.
The trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers.
From Bodmin the route travels to Blisland and St Breward, eventually wending its way to Camelford. Just before Warbstow, the route divides and you can either take the coastal route via Widemouth Bay or travel inland through the pretty village of Marhamchurch.
This gorgeous route will treat you with the classic Cornish sights of beautiful beaches, wonderful wildlife and charming seaside towns.
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.