A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL04
3.5 miles (approximately 1.5 hours)
This beautiful walk takes full advantage of the scenic countryside and stunning views over St Austell Bay from Mevagissey to the Gribbin Head.
From St Austell bus station both the Western Greyhound and First bus operators run regular services to the Eden Project. If you ask the bus driver to drop you off at the top gate before you enter the Eden Project (as shown on the map) this will save you walking ½ a mile back up the hill to start the walk!
From the main entrance and mini roundabout, leave Eden behind you to take the blue Cycle Trail signs to Bugle. This well made track leads you away from the road and into the tranquil scenery of Starrick, with views of a fishing lake eventually appearing in the distance. As the Cycle Trail meets the road, here you turn left towards Innis Inn, where ‘visitors are welcome’ for refreshments.
Continue along the road, this time ignoring the blue Cycle Trail signs to Bugle and instead walk a little further on to find Resugga Farm. Here you turn left at the three way white signs and head towards Trethurgy. The road climbs uphill to reach a cross roads where you need to turn right and then immediately left, with Trebal Refinery (Imerys, China Clay Works) on your left.
The road leads you past woodland and a further blue Cycle Trail Sign (to St Austell), ignoring the sign for St Austell continue forward to reach the village of Trethurgy.
At the T-junction turn left and walk for a short distance to reach Chapel Lane and signs for the blue Cycle Trail to the Eden Project. Follow the Cycle Trail signs and wind your way around the paths to eventually reveal the stunning views across St Austell Bay with the Gribbin head to the left and Mevagissey to the far right.
Follow the path as it winds down to reach a further track, here you pass through the gate, turn right and immediately left and follow the Cycle trail signs to lead you all the way back to the Eden Project.
You do not need to pay to enter Eden’s cafe or use the toilet facilities, however, it is worth bearing in mind that on presenting your bus ticket you will receive a discounted entry to the Domes.