Paths and Trails

Walking the Southwest Coastpath in Cornwall
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Walking the Southwest Coastpath in Cornwall

There are a myriad of trails and footpaths that criss cross our peninsula, and using these paths on foot or bicycle is one of the best ways to experience Cornwall. Whether you are a long distance trekker or enjoy a casual stroll to the nearest beach, there are routes to suit all abilities and tastes, with historical points of interest and natural beauty at every turn.
Listed below are the main long distance trails, which can be enjoyed in their entirety or more commonly, in small sections; the choice is yours!

South west Coastpath – Probably the best way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the cornish coast is by walking some of the 630 mile path that runs from Minehead to Dorset. www.southwestcoastpath.com

Coast to Coast Trail – An 11 mile multi-use trail that joins the south coast at Devoran to the North coast at Portreath passing nature reserves and historic mining sites.www.sustrans.org.uk

The Cornish Way Cycle Trail – This 180 mile trail travels from Lands End to Bude by way of off-road trails and minor roads with an option to take the south coast route or the north coast route from Truro.www.sustrans.org.uk

Simon Riordan, creator of the Map, walking the Cornish coastpath
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Simon Riordan, creator of the Map, walking the Cornish coastpath

The Saints Way – Roughly 27 miles long, it crosses mid-Cornwall from Padstow to Fowey following paths that were once likely to have been used by Celtic traders.http://www.ldwa.org.uk

St Michael’s Way
– Stretching from Lelant near St Ives to Marazion, this 12.5 mile trail was thought to have been used by pilgrims and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales to avoid the treacherous waters around Land’s End, waymarked with a scallop shell.http://www.gps-routes.co.uk

Camel Trail – An 18 mile riverside multi-use trail that follows a disused railway line from Padstow to Poley’s Bridge in Bodmin.http://www.gps-routes.co.uk

Great Flat Lode Trail
– A 7 mile circular trail that circles the hilltop site of Carn Brea passing many of the disused engine houses from the mining industry.http://www.gps-routes.co.uk

Clay Trails
– All set amongst the dramatic scenery of the china clay district, these multi use trails provide access all around this fascinating area providing wonderful views across St Austell Bay.http://www.claytrails.co.uk

The Copper Trail
– A 60 mile trail that circumnavigates Bodmin Moor passing much of the moor’s history from neolithic quoits to 18th century copper mines.http://www.ldwa.org.uk