Roughly 5 miles long, Pentewan Valley trail runs from the edge of St Austell towards Pentewan Beach near Mevagissey. The flat trails are suitable for cyclists and walkers, following the River Vinnick, better known as White River due to its pale appearance. It’s actually a demonstration of St Austell’s clay pit heritage with the rivers water often coloured white due to the excess clay deposits!
The trail is mostly flat and takes you through the centre of the wooded valley before you transfer from the darkness of the trees into the beautiful coastal village of Pentewan and it’s huge sandy beach. Once you’ve de-saddled, you could enjoy a stroll across the beach or a dip in the often calm seas to work up an appetite for a Hub Box Burger at one of Cornwall’s most popular restaurants.
If you’re not ready to get back on the wheels and fancy taking in some of the scenery, you could try the coastal path that guides you alongside the rolling hills and steep coastal cliffs, towards Mevagissey, a traditional working fishing village and harbour. When you’re finally ready to journey back to St Austell, you will be pleased to know that the trail is flat and undemanding!
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