The Sustrans' National Cycle Network runs down through Cornwall where it's known as the Cornish Way. On the Cornish Riviera, the route comes down from Bodmin & Lanhydrock, past the Eden Project and onto St Austell. As a side route, the Clay Trails is a slightly rougher off-road route to St Austell, over the China Clay workings, by way of the China Clay Country Park at Wheal Martyn and down the valley to St Austell.
From St Austell, the route is off-road down the Pentewan Valley to the coast at Pentewan village and beach. On the way down, the off-road route crosses the Pentewan river and up the old 'coach road' to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and then on down to Mevagissey - a working fishing village.
At Mevagissey, the Cornish Way uses the quieter country roads to make its way the River Fal, crossing over on the King Harry Ferry, and then in to Truro - the cathedral city of Cornwall.
Goss Moor - Multi-use Trail
A 7 mile (c. 12 km) circular trail winds its way around the little known expanse of Goss Moor, north of St Austell, west of Roche.. It is mostly flat and relatively easy - much of it off road - allowing disabled and novice walkers and cyclists easy and safe access to the moors. The trail is surfaced to be suitable for walking, cycling, horse-riding and for wheelchair or mobility scooter users and buggies.Note: If you are using a wheelchair / mobility scooter you may need to have someone with you in some areas, as there are gates to open on parts of the trail.
Bike hire is available at Goss Moor Bike Hire, based at the Screech Owl Sanctuary, near St Columb Road. This can be reached by train to St Columb Road on the Par to Newquay branchline. By car, look for the signs off the A30 at Indian Queens. Hire a Bike and get Half-Price entry to the Owl Sanctuary!
Follow the Countryside Code - Take nothing but photographs. Leave nothing but footprints
Electric Bikes : Free E-Bike CycleCharge points now available :
- St Austell TIC, on the A390, Southbourne Road
- Wheal Martyn Museum, Carthew, north of St Austell
- Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Pentewan
Bike Shops & Bike Hire
Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire :
Bikes delivered free to St Austell by arrangement
1 West End, Pentewan, St Austell, PL26 6BX
Phone +44 (0) 1726 844 242
Pavé Velo, St Austell's 'destination bike shop' - have moved!
New address 22, Grants Walk, St Austell, PL25 5AA - by Priory Car Park, off Bodmin Road
Phone +44 (0) 1726 64950
Bike sales, repairs and bike hire. Cycle clothing. Wide range of Accessories.
Plus the 'Feedzone', 'Origin' Barista Espresso Coffee & Cakes
Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum
Carthew, St Austell, PL26 8XG
Phone +44 (0) 1726 850362
Bike Hire - Call to arrange a bike