Clay Trails to Eden Project

Route details

  • From - to: (1) Par to St Blazey, (2) Bugle to Eden, (3) Wheal Martyn to Eden 
  • Length: (1) 3 miles, (2) 4 miles, (3) 5 miles each way
  • Type: Traffic free cycle paths
  • Surface: Tarmac and smooth stone, some short rough sections
  • National Cycle Network: Route 2 and Route 3

Route description

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: 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.

Download leaflet with maps (pdf).

Download route description sheet (pdf).

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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.

Latitude: 
50.319840895764834
Longitude: 
-4.710761922460964
Zoom level: 
12
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Description: 

This cycle map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

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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.

Length: 
5 miles