Cycling and routes around St Austell

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Cycling a great way of exploring St Austell.
Cycling is a great way of exploring St Austell and its surrounds. There are lots of little roads and tracks that can be negotiated safely on two wheels away from heavy traffic in and around St Austell, pedalling under your own steam and at your own pace.

The Cornish way is a cycle route running through St Austell and travelling around Cornwall from Bude in the North East to Lands End in the South West. Included in this route is the Pentewan Cycle Trail which follows the route of a disused railway line from St Austell to Pentewan through Kings Wood, a beautiful 400 year old wood. For more information visit

The Clay Trails are wonderful ways to explore the clay mining district. Paths are suitable for cycling and run past the old tips, many now covered in trees and vegetation creating a unique scenery rich in wildlife.

You can reduce your impact on the environment by enjoying St Austell and St Austell Bay without the car. Using public transport is a greener way to travel and there are good transport links with all the things to do suggested here. Many of our things to do are accompanied by a downloadable PDF full of helpful information to get the very best from your day out.

If you are visiting without two wheels you can hire a bike at Pentewan Cycle Hire.

St Austell SW04 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out SW04 - Pentewan Cycle Trail

The Pentewan Trail itself carries on along the river bank before changing direction left through broadleaf woodland.

St Austell SW06 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out SW06 - Kingswood

Kings Wood is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is designated a County Wildlife Site.

St Austell CL03 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out CL03 - Wheal Martyn to Eden Project Trail

A bike and walking track through the old clay workings area of Cornwall.

St Austell CL04 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out CL04 - Eden & Trethurgy Circular Walk

This beautiful walk takes full advantage of the scenic countryside and stunning views over St Austell Bay from Mevagissey.

St Austell CL06 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out CL06 - Blackpool Clay Trail

This permissive access entails a moderate walk along a well surfaced trail that leads you through the centre of St Austell’s China Clay Country.

St Austell CL08 thumb.jpg St Austell 30pad.gif Car Free Day Out CL08 - Goss Moor Trail

Goss Moor is a 480 hectare National Nature Reserve (NNR), the largest surviving remnant of the Mid-Cornwall moors.

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