A holiday in Cornwall is a great opportunity to experience some unique rides, and what better setting for them than the clay trails surrounding St Austell? There are five clay trails in the landscape that surrounds Cornwall’s St Austell, and the area has some beautiful sights that can be seen from miles away. The trails weave between the clay tips and pits around St Austell and its nearby villages, and they date back more than two centuries to the days when mining was king. This ride is ideal for anyone who likes a dramatic backdrop with plenty to see as they go.
If your favourite way to explore is on horseback then pick up one of the trails and discover the miles and miles of scenic trails that have been specially created for riders, walkers and cyclists. In fact, the whole area is being transformed from a former industrial hub into a haven for wildlife. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the pathways and look out for grazing deer as you go.
The surfaces of the clay trails are mostly gravel, so you’ll find the majority of them suitable for riding. The trails have been divided into four key routes, and the site also includes the Pentewan Trail which was once the railway route used for transporting the clay. The remaining clay trails are the St Austell Trail (which is the shortest), the Bugle Trail, the Wheal Martyn trail and the St Blazey trail (for walkers only).