St Austell to Mevagissey traffic-free cycle route

St Austell to Mevagissey Cycle Route Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Incorporating part of the Pentewan Valley Trail, and passing right by the Lost Gardens of Heligan, this mostly traffic-free route takes you from St Austell train station to Mevagissey, over a distance of six miles.

When starting at the station, there are some on-road sections in St Austell, though these are on roads that are normally very quiet. It does involve crossing a very busy road, though there are traffic lights.

There’s a short segment along a fairly narrow shared pavement, next to an A-road, and the descent into Mevagissey is quite steep, so ensure your brakes are good.


The surface varies from smooth tar, to somewhat bumpy tar, to compacted gravel. The surface is good enough to be rideable all year round.


Any kind of bicycle can be used on this route. However, trikes and some cargo bikes may struggle along parts of the Pentewan Valley Trail, and also near Heligan.


There are toilets at St Austell train station, at The Lost Gardens Of Heligan, and in various places in Mevagissey.

Points of Interest

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is along the route, and Charlestown, home to several tall ships, is nearby (but not on the route at all).

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There are no barriers along this route.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

See also  South Tyne Trail cycle route

The grading system I use is explained here.

Forecast for St Austell

What the trail looks like

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Getting there

Getting to the start is easy to do by train, as St Austell is on the main train line linking Paddington with Penzance. This route can make for a great car-free day out. Before taking your bike on the train, do read my Bikes On Trains Guide for tips to make doing so easier.

More Routes

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DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

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