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Cornwall is the ideal place for taking to two wheels and getting away from it all. With so much to see in Cornwall, a bike gives you the time and freedom to explore the countryside and its towns and villages.

Situated at Holywell bay, the Penhale Adventure Centre is surrounded by many areas of outstanding natural beauty. These places are ideally discovered during either guided or unguided mountain bike excursions.

LOCAL CYCLE TRAILS
In recent years a number of cycle trails have been created which give you the opportunity to ride safely off-road.

Additional cycle routes have been designed, making use of minor roads which take you through some of Cornwall's most beautiful countryside. So whether you're an experienced cyclist or a family out for a relaxing afternoon, Cornwall's cycle trails and routes can provide you with an enjoyable and healthy way to experience the Cornish countryside.

The Coast to Coast Trail links the harbour town of Portreath on Cornwall's Atlantic coast with the harbour of Devoran on Restronguet Creek, a picturesque inland waterway which flows into The Carrick Roads and onto the Port of Falmouth. This 11 mile(17.5km) trail takes you on a tour through one of Cornwall's famous historic mining disticts which was at the heart of Cornwall's copper production in the 19th century.

Many of the large granite and stone constructed engine houses can still be seen - a longlasting tribute to Cornwall's Industrial Heritage. Much of the trail follows the route of two mineral tramways - the Portreath Tramroad and the Redruth and Chasewater Railway - which were built for the transportation of copper ore.

The main trail is easily manageable by anyone of average fitness and does not require the use of specialist cycles but an optional additional route is available for those mountain bikers who enjoy the challenge of a more demanding terrain.

The trail is clearly signposted along the whole of its route. Please respect the rights of walkers and horseriders using the trail.

The Great Flat Lode Trail is a 7.5 mile (12km) circular trail in the heart of the historic Camborne-Redruth mining district.

Centred on the impressive hill of Carn Brea this trail is named after the ore vein which was the centre of the tin mining activity here.

Information boards at the mining sites close to the trail provide further information on the history and working of the mines which were famous for their tin and copper production.

For those wishing to make a small detour from the trail, the top of Carn Brea offers fine views of Cornwall's Atlantic coast and it is possible to explore the slopes where the remains of Neolithic and Iron Age occupation have been found.

The Carn Brea Castle restaurant and the Basset monument are other points of interest. Most of the trail is off-road and it is advisable to use a mountain bike.

Cornwall offers many other scenic cycle routes including the Camel Trail from Padstow on the North Coast into the beautiful Cornish countryside.

In addition to the off road routes there are also cycle lanes along many of Cornwall's roads linking major towns and places of interest and many of the local councils or cycle shops produce information about scenic cycle routes in their area. Cycles can be hired throughout Cornwall.

NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE?
If you would like a guided tour by one of our professionally qualified instructors or would like to hire our bikes for your own excursion please contact a member of the EBO team for more information.