Mountain bike trail St Day Cornwall

Altitude Profile (197 ft to 292 ft)

Altitude range

95 ft

Total climb

85 ft

Total descent

85 ft

GPSies-Index 0.84 ClimbByBike-Index 5.29 Fiets-Index 0.04

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1.27 miles
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The Little Beside Loop forms part of the Coast to Coast Trail.
This popular Mineral Tramway’s 11-mile long trail takes cyclists along a former Tramroad from Devoran in the south by the sheltered Restronguet creek on the River Fal to the historic mining harbour town of Portreath on the Atlantic north coast. Mostly traffic-free, this flat trail passes through the fascinating landscape of the Poldice valley to ancient woodland, wildlife-rich heathland and historic mining sites. This route was formerly of great importance in the transportation of Cornish Copper to Swansea and Welsh coal, Scandinavian timber and many other supplies for use in the Cornish mines.
From as early as the 17th century, up to 1000 people were employed in the Poldice Valley tin workings. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, arsenic works in the Bissoe Valley flourished and mining waste in the lower Carnon Valley was reworked by large tin streaming works.
The trail closely follows the line of the early horse-worked Portreath Tramroad and the Redruth and Chacewater Railway. This served mines in the Redruth area and took copper ore from Gwennap, then the richest copper producing area in the old world, to Devoran.
From Portreath to Devoran the main trail is 11 miles. Taking the alternative Wheal busy and Little Beside loops adds on another 2 miles. Wheal Busy is a much steeper and more demanding ride through the ancient Unity Woods and features both Killifreth and Wheal Busy mine buildings.
The family-friendly trail is very well sign-posted, mainly with large granite stones with an engine house symbol on.
The trail also links up to the Mineral Tramway’s Redruth-Chacewater trail and Portreath Branchline trail as well as the National Cycle Network’s Engine House trail.
Two cycle hire facilities are located directly on the trail at Bissoe and at Nancekuke. Food and toilet facilities are located at both.
The most suitable places to park for the trail are at Portreath, Devoran or Bissoe Bike Chain Cycle Hire centre.

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Starting Coordinates

N 50°14.876' W 5°10.644'
N 50°14'52.567" W 5°10'38.643"
N +50.2479355 E -5.17740100

Ending Coordinates

N 50°14.876' W 5°10.644'
N 50°14'52.573" W 5°10'38.662"
N +50.2479372 E -5.17740637

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