Eden Project to Bugle

This off-road 3.5-mile trail meanders through beautiful woodland, heathland and past a large fishing lake.
Map of the route from Eden Project to Bugle

Directions and points of interest

Starting from Eden Project’s Banana Car Park, follow the signs to Bugle/Clay Trails. This takes you past Strawberry Car Park towards the exit. The first portion of the trail runs mostly parallel to the cars’ exit route out of Eden.

At the end of this path, turn left, cross the road and then cross over the second road at the roundabout. Look out for the granite boulder carved with ‘Bugle’ and join the path that runs parallel to the right of the road. This path leads you through a woodland area and then continues slightly downhill until you reach an opening.

Turn left and continue along the road for ¼ mile passing Innis Inn on your right. Turn right and re-join the trail where indicated by the blue Clay Trails sign. Follow the path, keeping the lake to your right. After ¼ mile you’ll pass Lake View, a platform offering a stunning vista of the lake.

Continue on the path for another ½ mile until you reach a metal gate. Pass through the gate and then turn left onto the road following signs to Bugle. Continue along this road for ½ mile, then at the T junction turn right following the signs for Bugle.

After ¼ mile turn left off the road back onto the path, choosing the path that goes off to the left. Follow the trail as it inclines and winds around the edge of Rocks Tip. Continue along this path until you reach a sculpture of a horse, which marks the trail exit/entrance and the adjacent car park on Rosevear Road.

The sculpture depicts a Shire horse; a reminder of the extensive role of working horses within the China Clay industry, especially along the mineral tramways.

Extending the route

If you are cycling and you would like to extend this route you could so by including a loop to the village of Luxulyan by turning right at the roundabout at the Eden Project exit. On arrival at Luxulyan a left turn by the Kings Arms will lead you on to a road which will return you to Bowling Green via Treskillen and to the Car Park in Bugle. Luxulyan Valley is a World Heritage Site and is a beautiful area to be explored.

Facilities and attractions


  • Rescorla Farm B&B

    The owners of this B&B actively welcome walkers and cyclists.
  • Innis Inn pub and campsite

    Public house and campsite
  • Bugle Inn

    Public house serving food situated just down the road from the end of the trail.
  • Eden Project

    Cafe and shop available outside pay perimeter. Also available: bike racks, lockers, accessible toilets with baby changing facilities.
  • Knightor Winery

    Knightor Winery, serving food, drinks and offering wine tours, can be accessed from this trail. It is clearly signposted and can be accessed by turning right (heading towards Eden) at the Imerys Trebal Clay works.


  • Eden Project

    Visit the world's largest rainforest in captivity, housed in bubble-shaped biomes.
  • Knightor Winery

    Winery and restaurant that offers guided tours and tastings to the public.

Suitable for:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding


3.5 miles (5.6km)


Mostly flat with some inclines. The majority of the trail surface is uneven with some loose rock. There is a narrow muddy section on the first part of the trail.

Cycling grade:



  • Beautiful woodland paths
  • A great view of the lake and a good spot for a picnic
Map references and transport

Start point: 

  • Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
  • OS grid reference: SX049550
  • GPS coordinates: 50.366992,-4.74994

End point: 

  • Address: Rosevear Road, Bugle, Cornwall, PL26 8RJ
  • OS grid reference: SX018587
  • GPS coordinates: 50.392778,-4.786706


Car parking at the Eden Project or at the end of the trail on Rosevear Road.

Public transport: 

First’s bus route 101 and Western Greyhound 527 connect St Austell train station with the Eden Project. Bugle has a branch line train station which serves Newquay and Par.