Pentewan Valley trail

This flat and accessible trail connects St Austell with the coastal village of Pentewan
Pentewan to St Austell trail

Directions and points of interest

The trail follows the old Pentewan railway between St Austell and Pentewan.

Start at Pentewan valley cycle hire just off the B3373, go through the cycle hire area, take a slight left and then bear right crossing a small bridge. Carry along the trail through a wooded area passing a caravan and camping site to your left.

Bear right and follow the trail along the riverbank. Continue to follow the trail through King’s Wood and follow signs as the trail traverses left, back onto the riverbank.

After a further wooded section the trail bears right away from the river and onto a lane. Follow the lane for a short distance and then turn off left where you will pass a car park and then River Valley Holiday Park. A track goes left to the village of London Apprentice but you need to continue to follow the trail as it bears right through fields and round the back of water treatment works.

Once you’ve passed the treatment works turn left to meet the B3273 where you turn right to join the pavement (which also serves as the cycle path) heading towards St Austell.  This is where the off road part of the trail finishes however you can pick up National Cycle Network route 3 which continues along Sawles road and through St Austell and towards Eden Project.

Extending the route

From St Austell you can carry on to Wheal Martyn by taking the Green Corridor trail which also links up with the Wheal Martyn to Eden trail

Facilities and attractions


  • Pentewan beach

    Sandy shingle beach with good access from carpark
  • The Ship Inn

    Serving food and drink throughout the day. Beer garden has sea views.

Suitable for:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding


3.4 miles (5.5km)


A combination of woodland, paved and grass terrain, mostly flat.

Cycling grade:



  • Travel from the beach to St Austell town
  • Secluded woodland paths
  • Trail follows the old railway that links Pentewan and St Austell
Map references and transport

Start point: 

  • Address: Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire, 1 W End , Pentewan, Cornwall, PL26 6BX
  • OS grid reference: SX 017473
  • GPS coordinates: +50° 17' 31.17", -4° 47' 4.49"

End point: 

  • Address: Sawles Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 5BU
  • OS grid reference: SX013517
  • GPS coordinates: +50° 19' 52.38", -4° 47' 32.99"


There is a free carpark in Pentewan and vairous pay and display car parks in St Austell.

Public transport: 

Western Greyhound bus 525 and 524 connect Pentewan with St Austell, Par and Fowey.  

Par and St Austell both have a main line train station with frequent trains to London and Penzance.