Cornish Way

Route details

  • From - to: Lands End to Bude via Newquay and Padstow or St Austell
  • Distance: 123 miles. Map shows 175 miles of route, of which 29 are traffic-free.
  • Terrain: Mainly minor, rural roads with some traffic free sections mean that novice cyclists and more experienced cyclists are both catered for.
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 3 and 32

Route description

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 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.

Route sections

The Cornish Way splits here:

Option 1: National Route 3 forms the coastal option taking in Mevagissey, St. Austell, The Eden Project and Bodmin where the route options rejoin.

Option 2: National Route 32 takes you north from Truro and follows 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 onto 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.

Bodmin to Bude: 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.

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Land's End to Bude. The route splits at Truro - one braid going via Padstow, the other via St Austell. They join again at Bodmin.

123 miles