The cycling craze has certainly caught on down here. Whereas once it was all about strapping your surf board to the roof of your car, there’s more cars on the A30 with multiple bikes and boards than ever before now.
The two biggest new Cycling centres that have opened in Cornwall in the past few months are located within a 20 minute drive of Sandy Barn Cottages, and don’t forget we’re also situated in St. Breward which is at the start of the Camel Trail offering over 18 miles of gloriously flat, traffic-free and easy track between Padstow and Wenfordbridge in St. Breward. To start the day or end your ride, there’s also a brand new off-grid cafe at Wenfordbridge called Snail’s Pace offering very delicious breakfasts, lunches and teas.
Cardinham Woods, on the outskirts of Bodmin, have just opened three new trails: Bodmin Beast (7.5 miles) 1-2 hours; Dialled-In Dave (0.5 miles) 5mins; and Hell’s Teeth (1 mile) 15-20mins. The woods themselves are beautiful for dog walking, but the three new trails add an exhilarating new dimension to the location. And better still, there’s the yummy Woods Café by the car park which serves very good sandwiches, light lunches, cakes and excellent coffee.
Almost joining up is the fantastic new Cycle Hub at the National Trust property Lanhydrock just over the A38. Here you’ll find over 6 miles of off-road Green and Blue graded cycle trails in the woodland to the north of the estate. Targeted at beginners, families and novices, there is also a cycle skills area, café, free car park and cycle hire.
St. Breward is also situated on the North Cornwall Trail as part of the Cornish Way which is over 200 miles of inter-linking trails connecting Bude to Land’s End. The North Cornwall Trail offers panoramic cycling up and over Bodmin Moor between Bodmin into Devon via Bude.