Road bike ride Truro Cornwall

Altitude Profile (16 ft to 653 ft)

Altitude range

636 ft

Total climb

1,450 ft

Total descent

1,480 ft

GPSies-Index 4.89 ClimbByBike-Index 38.9 Fiets-Index 0.1

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22.88 miles
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one-way trip

22.88 miles

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This 24-mile long trail along National Cycle Network number 3 enters the heart of Cornwall’s industrial heritage. Linking Hayle with its golden sands in the west with the Cathedral town of Truro in the east, it covers a landscape steeped in industrial and monumental history.
Leaving Hayle along with its old foundries, the trail heads east along minor roads through the small villages of Gwinear, Carnhell Green and eventually enters Camborne, which along with Redruth was once situated at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry. The last deep-mining tin mine, which was the last to shut in 1998, can be found here. The trail winds through Camborne on stretches of urban road after which it navigates through Camborne’s suburban parts of Pengegon and Brea, eventually leading onto the Mineral Tramway’s Great Flat Lode Trail, including an off-road section. From here, the trail provides good access to historic engine houses as well as Carn Brea castle and monument. This whole area was once one of the world's most intensively mined regions. Hundred of now silent engine houses, linked by disused paths and railways still remain.
Further east, the trail continues through the village of Carn Brea and on into the town of Redruth. Past Redruth, the trail continues along minor roads through the village of St Day, skimming the outskirts of Carharrack and eventually arrives at the former Redruth-Chacewater railway line, which now links Redruth to Bissoe. Along here the landscape is teaming with mine remains, including the Tailings Dam at Goon Gumpas.
When the trail reaches Bissoe, riders have the option to navigate off the track onto the Mineral Tramway’s Coast to Coast trail which links Devoran on the south coast to Portreath on the north coast.
Past Bissoe, the trail continues on one of two routes in Truro, both of which are predominantly on quiet, fairly steep, minor and very scenic roads. Entering the bustling city of Truro, the trail continues along urban roads where busy road crossings need to be carefully considered.
This trail offers an easy ride through Cornwall’s historical landscape. Taking in mainly minor roads, with some good off-road sections, the trail feels safe and is fairly straightforward to navigate along. When it reaches the larger towns, navigation is slightly more complex.
The steepest gradients of the trail range from 1 in 7 to 1 in 5 and steeper. These steep sections do not appear often along the trail, the majority of which is on a comfortable gradient.

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Starting Coordinates

N 50°15.913' W 5°03.059'
N 50°15'54.784" W 5°3'03.587"
N +50.2652180 E -5.05099654

Ending Coordinates

N 50°11.682' W 5°24.261'
N 50°11'40.959" W 5°24'15.662"
N +50.1947111 E -5.40435075

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