Cycling Cornwall’s Mining Trails ~ Ancient Monuments | Coastal Heritage | Oceanic Views
Exploring the mid Cornwall mining villages area using the old mineral tramway routes is a fun way to experience both our industrial heritage and our open countryside. Most of these trails, however, are linear and very often your return journey will pass by the villages and towns themselves along with other places which are intrinsically interesting and have the bonus of offering food and drink to sustain you on your adventure.
This web site suggests various circular detours off the main trails to enable you to sample what the mining villages and towns have to offer.
Most of these village trails use existing footpaths. We have devised trails covering the whole area giving ideas for circular outings on bicycle or horse. By weaving together these adjoining circular trails you can create a vast number of different circular routes for half or whole day outings. Because they seek to connect bridleways and byways there is inevitably times when on-road travel is called for. Where this happens we have tried to use roads which are not subject to too much traffic but this is sometimes unavoidable. With pre-planning though you can in most instances work your route to avoid roads if you don’t mind travelling a little back and forth on the same trails.
For those into genealogy, you can also find a map here linking the historic churchyards of the area. This route is, by its very nature, one best undertaken by road only. Details of each of the old churchyards (and some more recent cemeteries) can be found on our sister site: