St Austell, Clay Trails and Menacuddle Well walk

St Austell, Clay Trails and Menacuddle Well

A circular walk in china clay country, including a trail laid on the trackbed of a mineral railway from St Austell to the Cornish Alps and one of Cornwall's most picturesque holy wells.

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The walk starts in the centre of St Austell and follows the cycle trail into the Trenance valley. Here there's a short diversion to Menacuddle Well before joining the Clay Trail on the railway trackbed and following this towards Wheal Martyn. The route then follows a trail through the Ruddle china clay hills before returning to St Austell over Menacuddle hill with an optional visit to St Austell Brewery on the way back.


  • Menacuddle Well
  • Gardens at Menacuddle Well in flower from April
  • Optional diversion to Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum


  • The there-and-back section to Menacuddle Well follows a narrow pavement along a B road with fast traffic so this section may not be suitable for young children or nervous dogs but it can be skipped.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 107
  • Distance: 5 miles/8 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking shoes
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Rann Wartha
  • The Stag Inn

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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