Off-road family cycling

OFF-ROAD FAMILY CYCLING is a great way to explore Cornwall and there are lots of trails to discover. Cornwall has an ace up its sleeve with cycle routes and cycle paths throughout the county. Together these comprise 180 miles of cycling, much of which is traffic-free and forming part of the National Cycle Network. As well as being quite flat these routes have the advantage of being free of road traffic making them suitable for families with young children. For those who fancy a more strenuous ride, the rolling hills, high moors, and undulating coastal roads of Cornwall can be challenging but are rewardingly picturesque.

The Camel Trail is a short drive from Polzeath, the perfect way to explore the Cornish countryside, and provides a safe and free activity for all the family. The trail spans from Padstow to Wenfordbridge with several manageable sections to walk or cycle. The most popular part of this trail is from Wadebridge to Padstow, but a well-kept secret is to continue on the beautiful trail which goes all the way to Wenfordbridge and can be connected to numerous points along the route. With plenty of pubs, shops, and restaurants to visit along the way, and cycle hire available from Padstow, Wadebridge, and Bodmin, this relatively flat, surfaced trail is perfect for enjoying some of the most spectacular countrysides in the South West.

Cardinham Woods, There are a series of newly built trails running through Cardinham Woods, starting with a number of family-friendly trails and building to the 12km Bodmin Beast which is a single-track trail for mountain bikers and experienced off-roaders with exhilarating climbs and descents, exciting technical tests. There is a diverse woodland full of secret glades, stream-side paths, and stunning viewpoints. With family learning packs for a day of discovery or the Shaun the Sheep glow trail. There is also a nice cafe to recuperate in afterward.

Cardinham Woods online for more info.

Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge

Trail Bike Hire, Padstow

Cornish Cycle Tours