St Austell Loop to The Cornish Alps Tour

St Austell Loop – ‘The Cornish Alps Tour’

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A 20 mile cycle route Taking you on a tour from the busy Cornish town of St Austell,
initially along The National Cycle Route No3 which takes you past The World famous Eden Project. Then as you leave Route No3 you head in to the Cornish countryside and experience the scenic ‘Cornish Alps’ across the landscape as you cycle along purpose made cycle paths along the various ‘Clay Trails’ which take you back to St Austell. St Austell has been the capital of the Cornish china clay industry since the late 18th century. The route is hilly in places but nothing too difficult. You will find several suitable places to stop for refreshments along the route.
Cycle hire is available in St Austell from Pentewan Valley Cycles, West End, St. Austell. The turning points are marked on the map with the letters in brackets below.

 

Starting from St Austell Railway Station (A) cycle up High Cross Street and after about
100 yards bear left along Carlyon Road following the signs for National Cycle Route No3. Cycle along Carlyon Road for a quarter of a mile where you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Polkyth Road (B).

After 300 yards at the end of the road TURN RIGHT and THEN IMMEDIATE LEFT up
Sandy Hill (C). Continue along Sandy Hill through the suburbs of St Austell for 1 mile and at the end of the road you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT AHEAD up Trenowah Road (D).

After 300 yards you come to a small cross road junction GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION keeping to National Cycle Route No3 heading towards St Blazey. Continue up the road for approximately 1 mile where you come to a small cross roads. At the Junction TURN LEFT up Bodelva Road (E). As you cycle up Bodelva Road you pass on your left The Eden Project.
The Eden Project has the world’s largest greenhouse Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a reclaimed, Kaolinite pit. The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house plants from around the world. The project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001.
Entrance to The Eden Project for cyclists – If you arrive by cycle you can skip the queues by going through the fast track system. There is ample cycle storage by the main entrance and when you arrive by cycle you also get a £4 discount off the entrance fee.

Continue to cycle up hill along Bodelva Road keep bearing to the right until after about 1 mile you come to a ‘T’ junction (F). At the Junction TURN LEFT and cycle through the woods for 1 mile to Luxulyan. As you approach Luxulyan you come to the end of the woods and you TURN LEFT leaving National Cycle Route No3 and cycle straight through the village of Luxulyan. Continue through the village past the village hall on your left as you cycle along the lane towards the small village of Bodwen.
Cycle along the road for one and a half miles where you FORK LEFT (H) towards Bodwen and after half a mile TURN LEFT along Minorca Lane (I) towards Biberry. After 1 mile you come to a ‘T’ junction where you TURN LEFT along Station Road A391 (J).

Continue along the road for half a mile to the village of Bugle where you TURN LEFT along Rosevear Road B3374 (K) (by The Bugle Inn)towards Rosevear. In this area you are entering the area known as ‘The Cornish Alps’ which are made up from the waste from the china clay industry in the local area. As you cycle along you will see the reason why the locals have given this area its name with the peaks across the skyline as you cycle along.
It is here that you pick up The Clay Trails which are sign posted. The Clay Trail runs along the B3374 and at Rosevear you follow the trail left towards the small village of Bowling Green (L). From Bowling Green the trail takes you along the lane towards Treskilling and after about half a mile you TURN LEFT on to the Bugle Trail (M) which takes you through the woods towards Carbis Moor.

At the end of the woods as you pass The Innis Inn the trail takes you left along a road (N) and after a couple of hundred yards you BEAR RIGHT back on to the off road /traffic free trail. After about a quarter of a mile at the end of the wooded area TURN RIGHT (O) along the lane towards Trethurgy, leaving the trail for a short distance.

Cycle along the lane to the small village of Trethurgy. At the end of the village you BEAR RIGHT following the signs on to The Wheal Martyn Trail and follow the trail for 2 miles along the traffic free/off road section to Ruddlemoor. As you approach Ruddlemoor you TURN LEFT along the Clay Trail heading back towards St Austell and cycle down the trail 1 mile to St Austell.

When you reach the outskirts of St Austell the Trail TURNS LEFT just before the railway line and takes you on to Tremana Road. Cycle to the end of the road THEN TURN RIGHT along Menacuddle Hill. After 100 yards Bear Left along Market Hill Then at the end of the road TURN LEFT THEN RIGHT along Cross Lane and at the end of Cross Lane TURN LEFT.
After 100 yards you arrive back at St Austell Railway Station. The start/end of your ride. St Austell has many shops, bars, cafe’s, and restaurants for you to explore at the end of your cycle ride.

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