Mountain bike trail Illogan Cornwall

Altitude Profile (30 ft to 394 ft)

Altitude range

364 ft

Total climb

154 ft

Total descent

466 ft

GPSies-Index 1.2 ClimbByBike-Index 12.42 Fiets-Index 0.15

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5.11 miles
217 time(s)
45 time(s)


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one-way trip

5.11 miles

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The Mineral Tramway’s Portreath Branchline Trail connects the coastal village of Portreath with Illogan and Pool along the historically important Portreath Incline and former Portreath railway bed.
It provides a safe and traffic free route, also linking Cornwall College at Camborne and Tuckingmill Valley Park with the popular Great Flat Lode Trail. Built in 1837, the Hayle Railway terminated in Portreath where trucks loaded with ore were unloaded onto ships in the harbour, and coal and equipment for the mines raised back up the incline by steam engine.
In 1809 the Portreath to Poldice Tramroad became the first tramway to be laid above ground in Cornwall, replacing several miles of unmade roads used by mules and horses to transport minerals. In 1834 a railway was constructed between the engineering works and harbour quays at Hayle and the copper mines of Redruth and Camborne to carry ore to the port and coal to the mines. It was modified in 1836 to incorporate four rope-operated incline planes on the steep sections. The line was designed for steam locomotives and used the standard gauge. In 1843 a passenger carrying service was introduced and the Portreath branch continued as a successful freight line until its closure in 1936.
This 5-mile long trail starts in the south in Brea and navigates along the Brea valley until it reaches the busy crossing over the A3047 at Tuckingmill. Further north, the trail continues through the site of the Camborne College campus and onwards under the A30. From here, the trail meets small country lanes and enters the village of Park Bottom and the outskirts of Illogan.
Following the trail around Trengove farm, it continues along a rough dismantled railway track and eventually reaches the luxury holiday apartments at Gwel-an-mor. From here, the trail carries on northward down a graveled winding track through Feadon woods and arrives in the harbour town of Portreath.
Because the trail includes some incomplete sections, particularly around the Brea valley area and near the incline at Portreath, no signposts have been provided of yet.
The steep sections are not appropriate for in-experienced riders, however the trail includes some easy off-road and quiet minor road sections.

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Starting Coordinates

N 50°13.515' W 5°16.317'
N 50°13'30.928" W 5°16'19.059"
N +50.2252580 E -5.27196100

Ending Coordinates

N 50°15.631' W 5°17.337'
N 50°15'37.875" W 5°17'20.245"
N +50.2605210 E -5.28895700

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