Friday, September 6, 2013 - 14:00

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to the Clay Trails on Sunday, September 15 for a family fun day taking in Wheal Martyn, Knightor Winery and the Eden Project.

Starting at 10am, cyclists can take to the picturesque Clay Trails from Wheal Martyn to Knightor and then onwards to Eden for a ride around the outside of the world-famous pit.

The ‘Cycle Sunday’ trail is a family-friendly three and a half miles from Wheal Martyn to Knightor. The Eden extension is an additional five miles. The route is on the popular Clay Trails, which is a network of short walking, cycling and horse-riding trails through mid-Cornwall’s China Clay Country. The trails offer routes that are traffic-free, with impressive selections of woodland, country lanes and the coastline.

The day’s activities will include children’s entertainment, a bouncy castle, a smoothie bike, raffle prizes and a barbeque at Knightor from 12 noon.  Cyclists can start the day with a bacon or egg buttie at Wheal Martyn and then either enjoy the very reasonably priced barbeque lunch at Knightor or bring their own picnic.

Those who don’t fancy cycling or don’t have a bicycle can simply walk the route.  Dogs are very welcome too.

The day is free, apart from the optional refreshments and food. In addition to all the other activities, people will be given a unique stamp from all the pit stops. Once three or more stamps have been collected, people can pop it into the post box at Knightor for the chance to win an exciting prize. The prize draw will be at 2pm at Knightor.

Heidi Morgan, Clay Trails Development Officer at the Eden Project, said: “The Clay Trails in themselves are fantastic to explore with great scenery and views. Cycle Sunday promises to be a great day out for all.  We look forward to welcoming you on the day.”

The trails were first opened in 2005, as a resource for locals and visitors. They offer a unique insight into the China Clay industry and how it has developed since the industrial revolution, whilst hosting a number of historical sites including drying chimneys and working China Clay pits.

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