Great cycle trails through the Copper Kingdom
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Explore the historic landscape by bike around the mining districts of Camborne, Redruth and Gwennap via a 60km network of trails. These sign-posted, largely off-road routes have been specially created for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
This area has one of the world's greatest and best conserved concentrations of historic mine buildings and contains unusual wildlife, some of which only thrives in mining landscape habitats.
A number of important mine buildings have been conserved in the area and linked by trails that follow as closely as possible the original tramway and railway routes used to transport ore from mines to ports.
Travelling to Gwennap
This large area lies between Redruth and Truro and is laced with classic Cornish lanes. Road access is via the A393 between Redruth and Falmouth, which passes through Ponsanooth (for Kennall Vale); turn off this road by the Fox and Hounds pub for Carharrack, St Day, Scorrier and Chacewater.
First bus services 14B and 18B pass through Carharrack, St Day and Chacewater. Devoran is just off the A39 between Falmouth and Truro and First bus routes 89/90 (Falmouth to Newquay via Truro) stop here. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
This is a rural area with lots of footpaths, and is generally great for dogs. Keep dogs on leads on farmland with grazing animals though, and refer to the signs at each site
The villages of St Day, Carharrack and Chacewater have small car parks and on-street parking. The cycle hire shop and café at Bissoe also has free parking
There are public toilets in Carharrack, Chacewater, St Day, and the cycle hire
shop and café at Bissoe offers public toilets
Eating & drinking
The Norway Inn at Perran Wharf and the Quay Inn at Devoran both have great menus featuring lots of local produce. The café at the Bissoe Cycle Hire centre has a warm welcome and a good selection of meals, cakes and snacks on offer. Carharrack, St Day and Chacewater all have good village pubs. Refreshments and food are available at good pubs in Portreath, Scorrier (mid way) and Devoran.
There are some nice grassy spots by the river at Devoran, and lots of good places to stop if you’re cycling along the Mineral Tramways Trail. Alternatively, find a
relaxing spot next to one of the streams in the lovely woods at Kennall Vale.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/