Cornwall is a haven for fans of the great outdoors. There are numerous beaches to explore, fish to be caught, historic sites to discover and stunning scenery to enjoy. While you can drive from place to place, taking in the sights of Cornwall, you’re likely to miss quite a bit as you go.
Why not immerse yourself in the delightful surroundings by exploring on foot or by bike? Walking and cycling routes can take you closer to nature, and enable you to tailor your experience, as you stop to take a closer look at anything that catches your eye.
From slow, leisurely family cycles to lengthy, more professional routes, Cornwall has an array of walking and cycling trails to take you where you want to go, at a speed you’re comfortable with.
Whether you go for a long, well-prepared hike or cycle, or just potter around the local area with the children, be sure to come back and let us know what hidden gems you discovered.
Walking & Cycling Routes in Cornwall
This 18-mile trail is mostly traffic free and well-surfaced, taking walkers and cyclists between Wenfordbridge, Padstow, Bodmin and Wadebridge, along a disused railway line.
Suitable for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and accessible by those in wheelchairs, the route is split into three shorter sections. If you don’t fancy taking on the full 18 miles in one go, you can try the 5.5 miles between Wadebridge and Padstow, 5.75 miles between Wadebridge and Bodmin, or 6.25 miles between Bodmin and Wenfordbridge as standalone, more manageable trails.
While bicycles can be hired along the route, you must ensure that you are hiring from a licensed provider. Each of the four towns services by the Camel Trail has licensed bike hire available.
Car parking is available in several locations along the trail, as are drinks and refreshments.
A map and full information on the Camel Trail can be found in this PDF.
As always, make sure to be mindful of your surroundings and respectful of the countryside when using the trail.
The Cornish Way
More experienced hikers and cyclists may wish to take on the challenge of The Cornish Way. 180 miles long, the Way is made up of several smaller routes:
It is recommended that you research the route before embarking on any of these trails – remember, the aim is to enjoy yourself, not to do yourself an injury and write off the rest of your holiday!
Other Cornish routes and trails
As we mentioned earlier, there are LOTS of walking and cycling routes around Cornwall, so there’s bound to be one near your planned holiday destination, and suitable for your level of expertise and amount of time available.
If you would like to get up close and personal with the Cornish countryside and nature, have a look at some of these routes and trails.
If you’re planning your own route, make sure to check where you can and cannot walk or cycle in the Cornish countryside.
Apps and maps for walkers and cyclists
Planning is essential when it comes to walking, hiking or cycling, particularly when you’re in an unfamiliar area. Of course, now we all (mostly!) have smartphones and tablets, it’s incredibly easy to access maps, apps and GPS guides to various routes.
You may well already have a favourite app which you use religiously but, in case you don’t, here are some maps and apps you may find useful when exploring Cornwall.
Certain Ordnance Survey maps now also come with a download code for use with smartphones and tablets. A fairly recent iPhone or Android device will be required should you wish to use this service.