The Coast and Clay Trail

The Coast and Clay Trail

Clay Trails Image from Eden

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The Coast and Clay trails are short walking, cycling and horse riding trails through mid Cornwall. They provide a glimpse into the China Clay industry of Cornwall and offer a largely traffic free route that crosses through: rolling farmland; wooded valleys, colourful fishing villages and Cornish mining villages.

Who can use the trails?

The trails offer a variety of flat and smooth surfaces to steeper, uneven ground and are suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, mobility scooters, wheelchair users and buggies.

Quad bikes, motorbikes, motor vehicles and pony and traps are not allowed on the trails.

Description of the trails

The total length of the Coast and Clay trail is 45 Miles (75.5Km). 

Starting from Truro:

The trail heads south out of Truro and onto quiet roads, past the National Trust gardens at Trelissick. From here, it crosses the upper reaches of the River Fal by the King Harry Ferry onto the picturesque Roseland Peninsula, following quiet lanes through some of the Roseland's finest scenery. As it nears the coast, the route drops down into the fishing village of Portloe and again at Porthluney Cove, the entrance point to Caerhays Castle. The trail then continues inland before reaching the coast once more at the fishing village of Mevagissey, an extremely popular holiday destination. The route out of Mevagissey passes the award winning 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' and enters St Austell along a largely traffic-free route.

From St Austell the trail heads north, following quiet lanes which offer stunning views across china clay country. There is also a link to the Eden Project, Cornwall's largest Millennium Project. From Eden, the trail continues to the National Trust property of Lanhydrock House along minor roads, from here you cross the A30 using an off-road purpose built 'millennial' bridge route which brings you into the historic town of Bodmin.

Download The Coast and Clay Trail leaflet which includes a map and further information about the trail.

Shorter trails

If you don't fancy using the whole trail there are a range of shorter trails available.  Find out about each of the trails including nearby facilities and attractions, parking, how to get there by public transport and who each trail is suitable for on the clay trails website.

How to get there

There are a number of ways that you can get to the coast and clay trails:

By rail - you can catch the train to Truro, St Austell and Bodmin which are on the main line.

By car - View a map of the trails to find out how to get there by car and see where the car parks are located.

Facilities and parking

Cost: Free

Bike hire: is available at St Austell, Pentewan, Bodmin and Bugle. Further information about bike hire can be found on the clay trails website. 

Refreshments: There are stores, restaurants are pubs at Mevagissey, St Austell and Bodmin.

Toilets: are located along the trails at Mevagissey, St Austell and Bodmin,

Car parks: View a map of the trails to see where the car parks are located.

Places nearby:

Wildlife

The Clay Trails were first opened in 2005 as part of a restoration programme to provide new habitats for flora and fauna - as well as providing a resource for locals and visitors. Look out for spring flowers along sunken footpaths, wildfowl and orchids in Par Nature Reserve, bright yellow gorse, and a variety of other native wildflowers. Keep your eyes open for birds of prey such as buzzards, sparrow hawks and kestrels.

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