Do you love to ride? Well don't leave your two wheeled friend behind! Devon and Cornwall have some absolutely stunning bike trails for all fitness and skill levels. We've noticed over the last 2 years more and more of our customers that visit Millendreath Beach Resort are cycling enthusiasts, so we thought we would put together some of the best cycle trails from the two counties. Whether you're a keen rider looking for a challenging track or a family who love to get out for the day for a slow pedal along a canal with a picnic, we know you will find the perfect cycle trail to make your holiday in Cornwall even more exciting! Read on to find out our most recommended tracks and trails.
1. Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is an 18 mile, almost flat and traffic free, stretch of trail in Cornwall that goes from Wenford Bridge to Padstow, that's perfect for a family cycle. It follows a disused railway line and passes through some absolutely beautiful parts of the county, commanding stunning views across the Camel River and delving into woodland and local countryside. There is an abundance of wildlife to be found along this trail, great for photographers and animal lovers. There are a few spots to stop for a picnic, and cafes, eateries and pubs in Wadebridge, Bodmin and Padstow.
It is a multi use trail so be mindful of other users when riding.
2. Drakes Trail
Drakes Trail is another trail that follows a disused railway line, so again is mostly flat and perfect for families and riders of all levels. Drakes Trail is in Devon and is a 21 mile stretch of the National Cycle Network Route 27. It links Tavistock and Plymouth via moorland and countryside, and is one of the most beautiful trails with the most diverse scenery. On this trail you can find Shaugh Tunnel, a dimly lit tunnel in Shaugh Prior, and the beautiful Gem Bridge which was built to replace an older viaduct. A camera is highly recommended as there are some simply stunning areas along the way. There are plenty of cafes and places to eat in Tavistock and Plymouth at either end of the cycle trail, with a few spots in between to grab refreshments too. You can find free parking along the whole route, and there are a few public toilet stops too. Get the map from the link below.
3. Cardinham Woods
Cardinham Woods, based near Bodmin, Cornwall, offers 3 cycle trails for varying levels of capability. Whether it's your first bike or your an experienced rider, the trails offer something for everyone and you're in for a great day of off road riding. The 3 tracks are graded to help riders pick one best for them, and range in length. The Bodmin Beast trail is suitable for intermediate riders and is approx 7.4miles. With a small cafe, picnic area and ample parking, it's the perfect place for a good days riding!
4. Gawton Gravity Hub
Gawton Gravity Hub is an amazing, well thought out and rider focused MTB set of tracks through beautiful woodland near Morwellham, Devon above the River Tamar. You do need to pay to ride here, but it's worth every penny! There are 9 tracks to choose from and offer something for every rider. The tracks are gravity fed descents, so they offer an uplift service which you'll need to book before hand, and it definitely helps you make the most of your days riding! They also have The Hut which offers hot and cold drinks and some snacks. If you're a MTB lover and a gravity addict, this is the place for you!
5. Granite Way
The Granite Way is a beautiful trail, mostly traffic free, that winds its way through Dartmoor with some stunning scenery and beautiful backdrops. It goes between Lydford and Okehampton, approximately 11 miles long. You'll find the impressive Meldon Viaduct with views towards the Meldon Dam and Reservoir and Lydford Gorge. There are a few places with public toilets along the trail, and a couple of pubs to stop at for refreshments. This is a great trail to take the kids on as it's flat and there are plenty of lovely granite benches to stop for tired little legs for a quick drink break. The Granite Way links to Drakes Trail too, so if you're feeling adventurous why not combine the two?
So, there's only 5 of the best cycle trails in Devon and Cornwall, great for when staying with us at Millendreath Beach Resort. Millendreath is the perfect base to explore Devon and Cornwall, so why not do it by bike? And if you can't fit them all in? Well..... you'll just have to come and stay again :)
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