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Cycle routes in Cornwall

Trails and paths for cycling

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When you think of Cornwall, you may conjure up images of sandy beaches, clear waters, bright coloured beach huts, and fish and chips on the promenade. But have you ever considered cycling in Cornwall?

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Mountain biking in Cornwall: our top 5 trails

Imagine fresh air, total freedom, and time to be at one with nature. With dedicated mountain bike trails, experience off-road biking in some of the countries most beautiful areas. Explore woodland, coastline, and wildlife havens as your soar through the landscape on two wheels. Discover our top trails for cycling in Cornwall…

1. Bodmin Beast cycle trail - 12km

For mountain bike trails in Cornwall, Bodmin Beast cycle trail should be first on your list. Offering wooded slopes within Cardinham Valley, this 12km trail sets the benchmark for singletrack cycle trails in Cornwall. Featuring technical climbs and descents, bermed corners, small step downs, rollers, and tabletops, the trail is suitable for intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. This trail is 11.5-miles or a 23-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

2. Hell’s Teeth

Situated within Cardinham Woods, Hell’s Teeth is one of two trails that loops off the Bodmin Beast cycle trail in Cornwall. With steep inclines, this 1.8km trail is challenging, but you’ll be rewarded at the top with a narrow trail featuring lots of technical features. This trail is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-roading skills and can be found 11.5-miles or a 23-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

3. Dialled-in-Dave

Following on from Hell’s Teeth, Dialled-in-Dave is the second trail that loops off the Bodmin Beast cycle trail. It may be short, but this 0.8km trail is an ideal introduction to singletrack mountain biking in Cornwall. This trail is suitable for proficient mountain bikers looking to develop skills, just 11.5-miles or a 23-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

4. Timber trail

1 of 4 blue grade cycling trails at Lanhydrock, the Timber trail is the most technically challenging. Featuring tight corners, jumps, and drops the trail gets progressively steeper as you progress. This 1.5km trail will test even the most competent of cyclists and is suitable for proficient mountain bikers looking to develop skills. This trail is 9.8-miles or a 20-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

5. Woody’s Bike Park

Last on our list for mountain biking trails in Cornwall is Woody’s Bike Park. The first bike park to be built in Cornwall, it is a family-owned business run by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Choose from a range of trails from blue to double back that will help progress and improve your skills. These trails are suitable for bikers looking to develop skills. It is 16.4-miles or a 30-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

Family bike rides in Cornwall: our top 5 trails

Discover all that Cornwall has to offer, from dedicated cycling routes to beginner mountain bike trails - ideal for getting your children familiar with cycling. To get you started we’ve listed our top 5 trails for family bike rides in Cornwall, so grab your helmet and head out to explore this beautiful area.

1. Camel trail from Padstow to Bodmin

For family bike rides in Cornwall, the Camel trail from Padstow to Bodmin is an ideal option. Offering a (mostly) traffic-free trail, this 19.5km cycle path follows an old railway line with breath-taking views of moorland and woodland. Featuring flat terrain this trail is suitable for families and less experienced cyclists. This trail is 32.4-miles or a 53-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

2. Lodge trail

The only green grade cycling trail at Lanhydrock, Lodge trail offers a gentle ride perfect for families or beginners. With a wide, well surfaced terrain this 2.5km trail takes you through English woodland and conifer trees. This trail is suitable for trailers, tagalongs, and disability bikes making it ideal for family bike rides in Cornwall. This trail is 9.8-miles or a 20-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

3. Tamar trails

For cycle paths in Cornwall, Tamar Trails is a popular choice thanks to its picturesque setting within Tamar Valley – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With 25km of dedicated off-road mountain biking trails to choose from this is a great place for children to develop their mountain biking skills and is just 24.6-miles or a 43-minute drive from our cabins at Deerpark.

4. Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast

If you’re keen to enjoy some of the Cornish countryside on your bike ride with the kids, the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail is the route for you. Passing through one of the country’s best conserved historic mine buildings, this 3.2km trail is largely off-road with signposts along the way making it ideal for cycling with children. This trail is 42.8-miles or a 1 hour 5-minute drive from Deerpark.

5. Clay Trails: Eden Project to Bugle

Last on our list for family-friendly bike trails in Cornwall is the trail from the Eden Project to Bugle. Part of a network of short cycling trails referred to as Clay Trails, this 5.6km cycle path meanders through woodland, heathland and past a fishing lake. Mostly flat with some steep inclines this trail is slightly uneven with some loose rocks. You’ll be greeted to a great view of the lake and plenty of spots for a picnic. Due to its uneven terrain, we recommend this trail for older children or confident cyclists. This trail is 17.2-miles or a 33-minute drive from Deerpark.

With so many bike trails in Cornwall to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice on your cycling holiday in the UK. Our hot tub accommodation at Deerpark is surrounded by winding trails to explore making it an ideal base for your cycling break. Book your cabin and explore what Cornwall has to offer on two wheels.

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