Walks in Cornwall on the Clay Trails

Walks in Cornwall on the Clay Trails

Enjoy the walks by being guided by the app

Phone showing walk for purchase
Download the app and use it to explore the walks and to purchase a guided route.
Phone showing Google navigation to start of walk
The app will direct you to the start of the walk via satnav.
Hand holding a phone showing the iWalk Cornwall app
The app guides you around the walk using GPS, removing any worries about getting lost.
Phone showing walk directions page in the iWalk Cornwall app
The walk route is described with detailed, regularly-updated, hand-written directions.
Person looking a directions on phone
Each time there is a new direction to follow, the app will beep to remind you, and will warn you if you go off-route.
Phone showing walk map page in the iWalk Cornwall app
A map shows the route, where you are at all times and even which way you are facing.
Phone showing facts section in iWalk Cornwall app
Each walk is packed with information about the history and nature along the route, from over a decade of research than spans more than 3,000 topics.
Person looking at phone with cliff scenery in background
Once a walk is downloaded, the app doesn't need a phone or wifi signal during the walk.
Phone showing walk stats in the iWalk Cornwall app
The app counts down distance to the next direction and estimates time remaining based on your personal walking speed.
Person repairing footpath sign
We keep the directions continually updated for changes to the paths/landmarks - the price for a walk includes ongoing free updates.

The Coast and Clay Trails is a 45 mile public access network of tracks and roads in the area around St Austell. The trails were first opened as "The Clay Trails" in 2005 as part of a restoration programme to provide new habitats for flora and fauna. There's a Clay Trails website with more info.

  • 2.3 miles/3.7 km - Easy

    Eden Project

    Wildflowers at Eden

    Eden Project

    2.3 miles/3.7 km - Easy

    A walk though a granite landscape mined first for tin, then china clay and now for geothermal power to generate electricity and heat the space-age greenhouses of the Eden Project.

  • 3.2 miles/5.2 km - Easy

    King's Wood and Pentewan

    St Austell River

    King's Wood and Pentewan

    3.2 miles/5.2 km - Easy

    A circular walk through the King's Wood Woodland Trust reserve to the lost port of Pentewan, along the trackbed of horse-drawn tramway that once carried china clay to the busy port and via the system of reservoirs and sluices that were used to flush sand out of the harbour.

  • 5 miles/8 km - Easy-moderate

    St Austell, Clay Trails and Menacuddle Well

    Rhododendrons at Menacuddle Well

    St Austell, Clay Trails and Menacuddle Well

    5 miles/8 km - Easy-moderate

    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.

  • 5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    Mevagissey

    Pentewan, Heligan and Mevagissey

    5.3 miles/8.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk from Pentewan to Mevagissey via The Lost Gardens of Heligan which were discovered in the 1990s after 7 decades of neglect and what followed The Times described as the garden restoration of the century.

  • 6.6 miles/10.6 km - Strenuous

    Pentewan Valley and Black Head

    Pentewan Valley

    Pentewan Valley and Black Head

    6.6 miles/10.6 km - Strenuous

    A circular walk from the lost port of Pentewan along the coast to the remains of the Iron Age fort overlooking St Austell Bay on Black Head, returning via the nature reserve that was once the King's wood and the trackbed of the horse-drawn tramway used for china clay and Sunday School outings.

Download the iWalk Cornwall app and use the QR scanner within the app to find out more about any of the walks above.