Mountain bike trail Pool Cornwall

Altitude Profile (89 ft to 282 ft)

Altitude range

194 ft

Total climb

69 ft

Total descent

197 ft

GPSies-Index 0.72 ClimbByBike-Index 7.85 Fiets-Index 0.08

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2.66 miles
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one-way trip

2.66 miles

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The Red River Nature reserve offers a unique, off-road route linking Tuckingmill Valley Park in the south with Tehidy Country Park in the north and Gwithian beyond at the north coast, taking in wooded valleys and old mine workings en route.
The track, which runs alongside the river is manageable on foot but is not yet possible to navigate all the way along by bike.
The Red River gets its name from the mining wastes that used to be washed into the river, turning it a rusty red colour. With the closure of the mines this has almost stopped but you can still see the orange ochre on the river bed, a legacy of the mining era. Many of the farms and villages along the valley also have names that reflect the history of the area.
Now it has been designated a Wildspace! Local Nature Reserve, which means that the wildlife and archaeological features will be protected for future generations.
Starting at Bell Lake in Coombe by the west entrance to Tehidy Country Park, the trail starts along a dirt track, closely following the river until it eventually comes out by Pendarves street. From here the trail carries on alongside the river on more dirt track until it reaches a lane at Roscroggan.
At this point the trail becomes impassable by bike with a barrier blocking the path. The only option is to carry on down the lane heading southeast, away from the river, past a donkey farm and onto Tehidy road. Heading northeast for a short distance, the trail heads back onto a narrow, rough and wooded track heading southeast again, eventually reaching Treverno road. This quiet minor road continues south and over the A30 and shortly after enters the north entrance of Tuckingmill Valley Park. This path weaves through the park and once again follows the Red River until it reaches Tuckingmill and the busy East Hill junction, where the trail finishes. At this point, cyclists can pick up the Portreath branchline trail, which continues further south along the Red River.
This trail has the potential to continue northwest, past Coombe and further along the Red River until it reaches the sea at Gwithian. At present, it is possible to continue along here by foot, following a track beside the river.
The Red River Local Nature Reserve is a good example of natural regeneration. As one of the most industrialised valleys during the mining period, the reserve is now a partially wooded valley, with areas of heath and some beautiful lakes and ponds along the way.
Some great wildlife has been spotted on the Reserve including badgers, foxes, otters, woodpeckers and a whole array of butterflies and insects.
This whole trail offers a unique opportunity to connect the towns of Redruth, Pool and Camborne with the north coast along an important part of Cornwall’s industrial history.

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Starting Coordinates

N 50°13.414' W 5°16.874'
N 50°13'24.898" W 5°16'52.492"
N +50.2235830 E -5.28124800

Ending Coordinates

N 50°14.075' W 5°19.502'
N 50°14'04.505" W 5°19'30.140"
N +50.2345850 E -5.32503900

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