National Bike week starts tomorrow, running from 13th June to the 21st June 2015. It’s an annual programme to promote the benefits of cycling in everyday life, from commuting to merely exercising, from young to old. Cycling is a great way to get to and from work, and to explore our beautiful surroundings. As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. You can find out more about the official events and particulars over at the Bike Week 2015 website here.
Cycling in the woods
Gwel an Mor is ideally located for those wanting to venture out on two wheels, self propelling themselves through a multitude of beautiful scenic routes. You can even hire bikes from us, either as a guest of the resort, or as a visitor for the day.
Here are some suggested routes near to Gwel an Mor to get you ‘on ‘yer bike’ so to speak!
Riding the bikes at Godrevy
For all cyclists Tehidy Country Park really is a wide and varied playground where you can spend as little or as long as you like exploring different off-road routes. Enjoy the amazing woodland environment, feed the ducks and swans on the lake, relax at the cafe, picnic in the woods or tick off another part of the Mineral Tramways Trail from your list of holiday ‘things to do’.
Coast to Coast Trail (25.8 mile round trip)
Most of the trail is flat and whilst there are a few on-road sections and road crossings the majority of the trail is off-road on man-made trails with both tarmac and smooth gravel sections, making it perfect for all the family to ride.
Portreath Branchline (7.6 mile round trip)
Several sections of on-road cycling where great care should be taken and users need to have a good grasp of the Highway Code.
The Branchline trail links the coastal area of Portreath to the old mining village of Brea, with the trail following the route the trains would have travelled. The Branchline opened in 1838 as part of the Hayle Railway with its terminus at Portreath where the ore laden trucks were unloaded to waiting ships in exchange for coal and machinery which was sent inland for use in the mines. The Branchline also carried passengers for a period of time, starting in 1843 up
Great Flat Lode Trail (15 mile round trip)
The terrain and quality of this trail varies greatly, with sections of tarmac off and on-road, rocky, stony off-road trails and bridleways. There are also several steep descents and ascents where you will need to be a confident bike handler. Only small portions of this trail are suitable for tag-a-longs or buggies.
In the 1860s when many of the copper mines were closing a ‘lode’ of tin ore was discovered in the South of Carn Brea, in an area previously working copper deposits. The ‘lode’ was almost 2 miles long and flatter than most, lying at 30 degrees to the horizontal as opposed to the usual 70 degrees, hence the name ‘The Great Flat Lode.’ The tine mines that worked the ‘lode’ were some of the most successful in the 19th century, producing over 90,000 tonnes of tin concentrate until they were closed in the 1920s.
The circular Great Flat Lode trail takes you on a tour of the mining area following part of the Basset Mine Tramway built to carry tin and ore from the mines for processing at the Wheal Bassett Stamps. Also visible en route are the remains of Cornwall’s last remaining tin smelter situated near Carnkie, and the monument at Carn Brea.
Coast to Coast Trail (14.5 mile round trip)
Some narrow stretches of trail/track with rocky sections and several ascents/descents not suitable for tag-a-longs/buggies or kids bikes.
This route is ideal for intermediate or experienced mountain bike rider as the main trail covers some quite bumpy, rocky sections but at certain points along the way there are other trails for the more adventurous rider to venture off on providing plenty of technically rocky sections where good confident bike handling is essential.