Monday, September 16, 2013 - 15:00

The free, fun and family-friendly Cycle Sunday event on the Clay Trails, which took place this weekend, attracted a large crowd despite the threat of stormy weather.

The ‘Cycle Sunday’ trail covered a family-friendly three and a half mile long route from Wheal Martyn to Knightor with the option to cycle an extra five miles and loop around the Eden Project. The route was on the popular Clay Trails, which is a network of short walking, cycling and horse-riding trails through mid-Cornwall’s China Clay Country.

Around 60 cyclists and walkers, young and old, gathered at Wheal Martyn for a mass cycle-off before taking to the picturesque Clay Trails, catching a glimpse of historical sites including drying chimneys and working China Clay pits on their way. Those seeking an additional challenge continued a further five miles on from Knightor to the Eden Project.

The rain held off for most of the day although those who continued on from Knightor restaurant and winery to the Eden Project to circumnavigate the world-famous pit did get a little wet.

After cycling, and walking, the three and a half miles from Wheal Martyn to Knightor, participants enjoyed a variety of exciting activities in Knightor’s stunning granite courtyard. Family orientated activities included a challenging smoothie bike, raffle draw, children’s entertainer, a bouncy castle and delicious barbeque. 

Commenting on the success of the day, Heidi Morgan, Clay Trails’ Development Officer, said: “It was a really enjoyable day with a great turnout.  Everyone who took part was impressed by the beautiful views from the Clay Trails as well as having the chance to explore different destinations.” Heidi continued: “It was also a great event for local attractions and businesses along the way and will now become a fixture in the annual events’ calendar.”

The trails were first opened in 2005 and offer a unique insight into the China Clay industry and how it has developed since the industrial revolution.  The trails offer routes that are traffic-free, with impressive impressive sections of woodland, heathland, coastline and country lanes.

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