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The Coast-to-Coast Trail [cycling]

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

This 15-mile traffic-free, multi-use trail combines scenic beauty, views and heritage. Running from Portreath Beach on the north coast to Devoran on the south, it passes through Cornwall’s former central mining district – a landscape studded with (safe) abandoned mines – following the original tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore and supplies to and from the many mines to the coastal ports.

The coast-to-coast route passes through the Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve, a former mine site that has heathland, woodland, ponds and a variety of local wildlife. You’ll also pass under the giant Carnon stone viaduct.

It’s easy going for all abilities – and a great way to learn about Cornwall’s mining heritage, admire the scenery, and see the local wildlife.

 

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 1-2 hours

Getting there & doing it

The Sustrans website has information and maps of the trail.

If you’re starting in Devoran – hire bikes from Bike Chain Bissoe. If you’re starting at Portreath, get the train to Redruth and a taxi from there (about 15 minutes) to Elm Farm Cycle Centre (2 miles from Portreath) where you can hire bikes. Alternatively, get your bikes delivered at Portreath; Go By Cycle will deliver/collect bikes from pre-arranged points in the area. Book bikes in advance in peak season.

When to do it

The trail is accessible all year round. It’s obviously weather dependent, though hardly souls go in all conditions. May and September are best, with fine weather and fewer crowds. UK summer holidays in July & August (usually) have the best weather but also the most cyclists.