Over the last year, many of us have taken up new hobbies and one of the most popular lockdown pursuits has been cycling. The sport that was once reserved for die-hard outdoorsy types has become more accessible and relaxing with many of us buying shiny new wheels to ease us in or some of us dusting off our mountain bike that’s been lurking in the back of the garage unloved for decades. What we’ve all done though is grasped the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the freedom life on two wheels brings in any way we could!
This peddle power trend looks like it’s here to stay so if you’ve enjoyed exploring your local area on two-wheel’s you’ll love some of the cycle trails we’ve suggested to get you rolling around Cornwall this summer. Read on to find out our favourite cycle trails near the Plume of Feathers.
Lanhydrock nr Bodmin
Rating: Gentle (harder red routes are available)
How far? 20-minute drive from The Plume
This is our local go-to! It’s easy riding with breathtaking scenery. The cycle routes criss-cross the magnificent grounds of the Victorian country house taking you through wildflower-lined lanes before plunging into acres of shaded woodland – perfect for sheltering from the sun on hot summer days. This gentle tour ends where it starts which conveniently just so happens to be next to The Park Café where you treat yourself to a delicious Cornish ice cream
Do you need to book? No, booking isn’t necessary for use of the trails. This place is also National Trust so if you’re a member, parking is free.
Bike Hire: The cycle hire is open daily between 9.30am – 5pm. It’s recommended to pre-book bikes. Prices start from £18 per day for adults and £13 per day for children. All bikes must be returned by 4.45pm on the day of hire.
The Camel Trail
How far? 25 minute drive from The Plume
Named after the river it flanks, The Camel Trail is a flat, purpose built, traffic free path that follows the waterway as it meanders its way between the Cornish towns of Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wenford. The entire trail is 18 miles one-way so unless you’re something of a Bradley Wiggins, we recommend starting at Wadebridge and setting off in the direction of Padstow. This 5.5mile (one-way) stunning stretch is just enough to build up an appetite before arriving in Padstow. Home to the famous Rick Stein Seafood Restaurant & Paul Ainsworth No. 6, there’s really only one thing on the menu for us and that’s award-winning fish and chips freshly fried at Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop – trust us, it’s utterly divine and worth the slightly higher price tag!
Do you need to book? No, but at the height of summer, it’s advisable to set off early because it can become quite busy.
Bike Hire: Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge offers a range of hire options including tandems and trailers for kids or four-legged friends.
Great Flat Lode, Filtrick Lane, Redruth
Rating: Challenging due to its distance and some steep sections
How far? 30 minute drive from The Plume
Embrace the ruggedness and heritage of Cornwall with a 7-mile circular pedal amongst the tall chimneys and desolate outhouses that dot this landscape. Once the beating heart of Cornwall’s tin mine industry, this place has been reclaimed by nature with heather and gorse in abundance. Despite the beauty, the tumbling down engine-houses, are reminders of Cornwall’s tough industrial past. Throughout this trail are signs informing you of a life that once was. It’s a truly fascinating place that allows the imagination to run wild and stories to be told. There are no pubs on route so we suggest doing it the proper Cornish way and grabbing a pasty locally before you set off. After a hard day, it’s time to retire to your beautiful bedroom at the Plume where you can rest those achy muscles.
Do you need to book? No this is open to anyone all year round.
Bike Hire: Due to the more remote location, bike hire is not available so you will need to either hire bikes from Yellow Bike Hire in Newquay and transport them to Flat Lode or have your own.
How far? 20-minute drive from The Plume
Cyclists love this low-lying area of Cornwall for its wild remoteness and desolate beauty. Once the gateway to Cornwall, it’s now a Nature Reserve protecting & preserving wildlife that call this 7-mile circular trail home. The mostly flat route weaves through golden yellow gorse, across streams and over rolling moorland. It’s popular with locals thanks to being far removed from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts. If you’re looking for an easy ride through the Cornish countryside, this is it! After a morning or afternoon biking return to your home base at The Plume and enjoy a lazy lunch in our garden.
Do you need to book? No this is quiet for the majority of the year round.
Bike Hire: Yellow Bike (https://www.yellowbikehire.co.uk/) Hire based in Newquay will meet you in the car park with bikes ready and raring to go! Adult bikes start from £15 per day and children’s bikes from £8 per day.
Whilst you’re out and about enjoying life on two wheels, make sure you tag us on Instagram @theplumemitchell so we can share your adventures.