At just 11 miles long, the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast is one of the shortest coast to coast rides you can do in the UK. Almost the entire route is traffic free.
Over the summer holidays, while I was in Cornwall, I took the opportunity to ride the route.
As we were close to Portreath, this is where we started the ride. Portreath itself is nice enough, but you can start the ride from near the Elm Farm Cycles camp site and cafe. Elm Farm also provide cycle hire if you’ve not arrived with your own bike.
After a short section on a path next to the road, we turned off and things quickly got fairly bumpy. The ride is fine on a touring bike, a hybrid or a mountain bike, but it’s a little tricky on a road bike. Having said that, my girlfriend was on a road bike. It’s fine, as long as you don’t mind the shaky handlebars and bumpy ride.
As the Sustrans name of the route suggests, the area has a rich mining heritage. Any ore extracted would be transported along the route and to the ports. To this day there are still well conserved historical mine buildings.
Due to the traffic free nature of the route, it’s incredibly popular with families. Especially during the school summer holidays