With a stunning landscape, a network of routes, and a fabulous selection of essential cake stops, St Ives and surrounds are excellent for cycling. Whether you’re a serious cyclist or just fancy a family day out, there’s plenty of opportunity for a great ride.
If you don’t want to cart your bike down to Cornwall, or suddenly have the urge to cycle when you get here, you can easily hire some wheels. West Cornwall Bike Hire in Hayle offers bikes and family cycling accessories, and will deliver them to your accommodation. You can also hire from Bike Chain in Redruth (which has the bonus of a nice café!).
Cycling days out from St Ives
There are great places to cycle around St Ives, Hayle, Penzance, and Mousehole. For a good introduction to Cornwall’s coastal and industrial landscapes, strike out towards Redruth on this engaging route. This doesn’t have to become too epic, as you can always get the train in one direction.
If you don’t mind a short drive to reach a cycle path, try one of the Sustrans routes.
Sustrans trails in Cornwall
Sustrans works with local communities and partners, creating a network of cycle paths and traffic-free routes. Sustrans’ website has great guides to cycle paths across Cornwall. Cycle all or part of the Cornish Way (you can pick it up at Hayle), or try the famous Camel Trail , a former railway line which is superb for family cycling. The Pentewen Trail is a lovely, gentle ride near St Austell.
Serious cycling from St Ives
There’s a lot of tough coastal cycling around St Ives. There are short steep hills which give some incredible coastal views. Heading off towards Zennor, and from there to St Just and Land’s End, will give you a stunning ride.
Finding a cycling group in Cornwall
If you prefer to cycle in a group, Penzance Wheelers welcome non-members. Their club runs take place on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – have a look at their sessions to find out about joining in. Cycling UK can also put you in touch with local cycling groups across the country.