5 fun family cycle routes in Cornwall

When on holiday you can often feel as though need to get outside and do something active, but something that’s fun and not repetitive, cycling is ideal for this and allows you to do it with the whole family. Not only this but you can get back to nature on some country trails. I recently went on a biking holiday in Cornwall with my family and found a lovely holiday cottage for us to all stay in from West Cornwall Holiday Cottages. It was located in St Ives which we loved, stunning beaches and close to the A30 so easily accessible. I found Cornwall to be a beautiful part of England, peaceful and tranquil with some of the nicest bike trails I’ve cycled. Here are 5 of the trails we did with a short guide to each:

5. Wadebridge to Padstow (the Camel Trail)

Cycling from Wadebridge to Padstow is 6 miles, however if you do the return journey it is obviously 12 miles. It is a fairly flat route with some small inclines and so it is a trip that the whole family can take without too much difficulty. When cycling the camel trail you are able to see some wonderful coastal views, without having to go near any busy roads.

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4. Portreath to Devoran to The Mineral Tramway

This cycle trail lasts for 14 miles and for the most part stays away from the main roads. There are some inclines along the way and there is bike hire at various points across the trail. Again, with this journey you can really see some of the Cornish countryside, with bushes, fields and trees. This would be a beautiful journey to take in the summer, on warm days with a breeze.

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3. Redruth to St. Ives – ‘The Coastal Trek’

This is the coastal route to St. Ives and is 19 miles long, so be sure to take plenty of refreshments with you. There are some hills along the way but there is one particularly steep incline. You will follow mostly country tracks but you may come across some busier roads. However, if you do finish the journey then the small town of St. Ives with its stunning views and quant cafes will massively reward you.

2. Penzance to Marazion and St. Michael’s Mount

This is the kind of journey the whole family can go on, even if you have small children, as it is only 4 miles. You will also cycle alongside the coast, which will give undoubtedly take your minds off the fact that you are exercising. This is a very enjoyable bike ride and you can appreciate some of the tourist attractions when at the small towns.

1. Mevagissey Pentewan Trail

This is a 7 mile round route that takes you through some delightful little trails around Mevagissey. When you are on the bike ride you will be able to see farmland, woodland and fields, and you may even see some wildlife around, which can make it fun and interesting, especially for the children. If you are planning on making this a full family day out, taking a picnic could be a really good idea as you can stop half way through and get some refreshments, it is also a good way to stay hydrated.

Overall bike rides are a really fun way to spend the day with the whole family, and a way to get into nature, particularly if you live in the city or have been doing all the busy tourist attractions while in Cornwall. It is also a way to fill the day without spending too much money, if any if you already have your bikes with you. When you are on the bike ride, be sure to always wear a helmet and take some water with you, as keeping safe is one of the main ways to make sure that you can have a fun, relaxing time.