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Cycling

Cycling

Discover the landscape of North Cornwall on two wheels, with a network of scenic paths and trails to follow.

Set near coastal paths and country lanes, many of our houses lead directly onto fantastic cycling routes. If you’d like to make a day of it, you could also try one of the local guided routes.

Why not bring your bike with you and explore the idyllic country lanes?

The Camel Trail

Winding its way through 18 miles of countryside, the multi-use Camel Trail tracks a disused railway line through the Camel Valley. Largely flat and traffic-free, it’s an ideal route for relaxed days or family excursions. Beginning in Padstow (just a short ferry ride from Rock), the trail runs alongside the estuary and through Wadebridge to Wenford Bridge. Popular with bird-watchers, it’s a great place to spot wildlife including kingfishers, egrets and cormorants. Make it a day out by starting in Wadebridge and cycling to the beautiful Camel Valley Vineyard, or to Padstow for fish and chips. Visit the Sustrans website for a route map and more information.

The North Cornwall Trail

If you prefer a challenge, you could pick up the North Cornwall Trail. Passing through Bodmin Moor, Camelford and along the North Cornwall coast, it takes in pretty villages and beautiful sea views along the way. A guide is available to download from the Cornwall Council website.

Mountain biking

Take your exploration off-road and see Cornwall from one of its mountain biking trails. The beautiful and historic Lanhydrock estate in Bodmin has a number of cycle trails aimed at different ages and abilities, from an easy 2.5km woodland ride to moderate and advanced technical tracks for those who’d like to kick it up a gear. Bikes can be hired on-site, with helmets provided free (but do book during school holidays).

Nearby Cardinham Woods also has a series of single-track trails ideal for keen mountain bikers (ranging from moderate blue to difficult red). If you’re fairly experienced, they’re a great way to see more of the wooded Cardinham Valley.

Cycle hire

If you’d rather not travel to Cornwall with your bikes, there are plenty of places to hire some. Padstow Cycle Hire is well placed if you’re heading onto the Camel Trail, with day and evening rates available. Alternatively, try Bridge Bike Hire if you’d like to start in Wadebridge and head back towards to Padstow.

Go ByCycle offer bike delivery to your door, along with a ‘one way’ service that includes transport to or from a point in your journey – meaning you needn’t worry about choosing a circular route.

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