From a single rocky track on the Lands End peninsula to more family friendly rides in the Clay trails, new routes have been planned to attract all kinds of visitors.
It is hoped that off-road cycling routes will bring in a new breed of tourist and encourage visitors to stay in Cornwall’s less-visited areas, bringing an economic lifeline. Maps and guides are now freely available online for tourists and locals alike.
The project was commissioned by Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and funded through the Rural Development Programme for England. Nigel Sumpter of the Cornwall AONB Unit said:
"Off-road cycling is an amazing way to discover hidden sides of Cornwall’s beautiful countryside. Cycling is one of the fastest growing activities so this survey offers opportunities for food, accommodation and other businesses."
The new routes take cyclists through all of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, joining them up into one huge range. World Heritage Sites are also included, as are many areas of spectacular coastline.
Adventurous off-road trails have also been created at Cardinham Woods to lure adrenalin seekers from far and wide.
Maps and route-planning tools are now live on 1 South West Adventure Cycling Map.