Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking on the Tamar Trails

Mountain Biking on the Tamar Trails

25 km of dedicated off-road mountain biking trails to entice families and committed bikers alike. This is a great venue for mountain biking in the Tamar Valley, attracting novices and committed mountain bikers from all over Devon and Cornwall.

The trails are free to use and open all year round. There is a parking fee of £2 for the day, and free after 6pm.

There are various trails for cyclists to choose from depending on requirements and ability. Consisting in the most part of gentle, compacted stone tracks with a few steeper gradients, much of the terrain is perfectly suited to mixed ability groups and families, with a few options for longer and more challenging rides. What’s more, the trails are free to use and open all year round.

The best option for families with younger children and first time mountain bikers is the Mineral Railway Trail, which heads north from the Tamar Trails Centre for 2km or south for 3km. The trail journeys through tranquil woodland along parts of the old mineral railway that once linked Devon Great Consols Mine with Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar. It is generally a level, wide track with some short steeper sections, and kids will love hopping off to learn more about the mining heritage at the Old Mine Office.

For a more adventurous ride, try the Wheal Maria Trail. This track has a number of steep descents and climbs, passing through woodland with spectacular views across the Tamar Valley. Take the Mineral Railway Trail 2km north (20-30 minutes cycling) from the Tamar Trails Centre to join this circuit.

Then when you’ve worked up a sweat (or just an appetite), stop in at the Beech Café at the Tamar Trails for a drink and something to eat.

See our mountain biking video here


Great Mountain Biking on the Devon Cornwall Border

For families who want to cycle together, there is so much to offer for some great days out. This is also a perfect activity for holidaymakers visiting Devon or Cornwall, who want to experience the great outdoors and the beauty of the Tamar Valley. The trails are accessed via Tamar Trails Centre at Gulworthy, between Tavistock and Gunnislake.

Please remember the tracks are mulit-use so look out for walkers, runners, horse riders and the tramper.

See also: Mountain Bike Hire in the Tamar Valley

Tamar Trails map image

Maps & Audio

Plan your adventure with our map and audio tour.