St Austell’s Walks

There are several walks that you can enjoy both within the town of St Austell or nearby. We have created two walks in the town that enable you to discover St Austell’s rich heritage – Clemo’s Way and White River Way. If you want to venture a little further; the Menacuddle Walk provides an exploration of the Trenance Valley and Menacuddle Woods where an ancient Holy Well is located.

The China Clay Trails are tranquil, mostly traffic free paths created in and around the china clay district that skirts the northern and western edge of St Austell. The Green Corridor is the most accessible trail that leads you from the centre of the town (Railway staion) to Wheal Martyn Country Park. The walks vary from 3 – 5 miles in length and in the downloadable pdfs you will find suggestions for circular walks and A to B walks with public transport links that will return you safely to your starting point.

St Austell sits just two miles from the coast and the South west Coast Path provides many wonderful walking opportunities. We have created several walk suggestions that follow the coast path with public transport links to help you return to your base.

You can reduce your impact on the environment by enjoying St Austell and St Austell Bay without the car. Using public transport is a greener way to travel and there are good transport links with
all the things to do suggested here. Each ”thing to do” will eventually be accompanied by a downloadable PDF full of helpful information to get the very best from your day out.

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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell TC01|Car Free Day Out TC01]] – ”’Clemo’s Way”’
This is a heritage trail that winds its way around St Austell providing showing the town’s history and architecture.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell TC02|Car Free Day Out TC02]] – ”’White River Way”’
Another heritage trail around St Austell providing an insight into the town’s history and architecture.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell TC07|Car Free Day Out TC07]] – ”’Tree Trail”’
The older part of St. Austell itself is surprisingly leafy, blessed by being in a well treed setting, with wooded valleys to north and south.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW04|Car Free Day Out SW04]] – ”’Pentewan Cycle Trail”’
The Pentewan Trail itself carries on along the river bank before changing direction left through broadleaf woodland.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW05|Car Free Day Out SW05]] – ”’Pentewan to Hallane / Black Head”’
Attractive coastal views and at various seasons a selection of wild flowers and coastal birds.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW06|Car Free Day Out SW06]] – ”’Kingswood”’
Kings Wood is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is designated a County Wildlife Site.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell SW10|Car Free Day Out SW10]] – ”’Mevagissey to Heligan Woods”’
This is a circular trail walk which makes an interesting addition to a day visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL01|Car Free Day Out CL01]] – ”’Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum”’
This is a pleasant walk of about 2 miles along the Green Corridor linking St Austell town centre with Wheal Martyn Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the China Clay industry.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL03|Car Free Day Out CL03]] – ”’Wheal Martyn to Eden Project Trail”’
A bike and walking track through the old clay workings area of Cornwall.

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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL04|Car Free Day Out CL04]] – ”’Eden & Trethurgy Circular Walk”’
This beautiful walk takes full advantage of the scenic countryside and stunning views over St Austell Bay from Mevagissey.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL06|Car Free Day Out CL06]] – ”’Blackpool Clay Trail”’
This permissive access entails a moderate walk along a well surfaced trail that leads you through the centre of St Austell’s China Clay Country.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL07|Car Free Day Out CL07]] – ”’Roche Rock and Tresayes Trail”’
Roche Rock is owned by the Tregothnan Estate. The quarry is owned by Goonvean but is leased to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL08|Car Free Day Out CL08]] – ”’Goss Moor Trail”’
Goss Moor is a 480 hectare National Nature Reserve (NNR), the largest surviving remnant of the Mid-Cornwall moors.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL09|Car Free Day Out CL09]] – ”’Luxulyan and Luxulyan Valley”’
In recognition of the Luxulyan Valley’s historic importance to ‘Cornish Mining’ it was given World Heritage status in July 2006.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL11|Car Free Day Out CL11]] – ”’Sandy Hill to Carclaze”’
Sandy Bottom, Carn Grey tor and Carclaze – an 18th century engineering wonder and St Austell’s mining heritage.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA03|Car Free Day Out EA03]] – ”’Carlyon Bay to Par”’
Carlyon Bay to Par along the coastal path – typical Cornish coastal scenery, old mines and 100,000 years of climate change!
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA07|Car Free Day Out EA07]] – ”’Fowey to Readymoney Cove”’
This delightful walk is a good one for all the family, only 2 miles long including the detour up to Catherine’s Castle.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA08|Car Free Day Out EA08]] – ”’Fowey River / Bodinnick (The Hall Walk)”’
This walk is one of the most famous and historic in the county offering breath-taking river and harbour views.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA09|Car Free Day Out EA09]] – ”’Lostwithiel to Fowey ”’
A Beautiful walk along the Fowey river.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA10|Car Free Day Out EA10]] – ”’Fowey to Padstow (The Saints way)”’
The Saints Way is a wonderfully varied trail that crosses Cornwall from Padstow on the north coast to Fowey on the South.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA11|Car Free Day Out EA11]] – ”’Lostwithiel and Restormel Castle”’
Lostwithiel lies at tidal reach of the River Fowey and a travel writer once described his approach by boat as’the loveliest inland scenery in Cornwall’.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA12|Car Free Day Out EA12]] – ”’Par to Par beach”’
Situated on the south coast of Cornwall just a few miles from St Austell and the Eden Project is the town and beach of Par.
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| [[A Car Free Day Out around St Austell EA13|Car Free Day Out EA13]] – ”’Par Beach & Polkerris”’
This spectacular walk takes you to one of Cornwall’s most charming villages, Polkerris, the walk then loops round onto the Saints Way to reveal the stunning views across Par and the ‘Clay Country’ in the distance.
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