Top 5 trail running places in Mid & West Cornwall

Top 5 trail running places in Cornwall

Cornwall is home to some great trail and ultra running races due to its dramatic scenery, changeable weather and abundant trails.

With so many great running spots we couldn’t cover them all in a ‘top 5’. So if your favourite spot doesn’t get a mention, please leave a comment below and we can review it for a future blog post.

Here is our top 5 list of the best trails in Cornwall to run.

Runner up – The Bissoe Trail
Being an old mine tramway this trail is mostly flat and wide enough to cycle 4 abreast. It also barely passes the trail running test of “if you can push a pushchair along it, it’s not a trail”. That said you do get a 22 mile round trip, off road, from coast to coast. Ideal.

Map: OS Explorer 104 Redruth and St Agnes.

5th place
5. North coast – Godreathy-Portreath-St Agnes

Terrain: Flat spells, mixed with very deep valleys, steps and mining heritage as you near St Agnes.
Difficulty: ****
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Godreathy lighthouse, Portreath, Porthtowan, St Agnes

Offers some great trails and once you get out of the more popular tourist towns you will have the coast path to yourself. Enjoy.

Map: OS Explorer 104 Redruth and St Agnes.

4th place
4. Bodmin Moor.

Terrain: Acidic boggy moorland, granite outcrops, sheep and ponies.
Difficulty: ****
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Brown willy , Roughtor, Jamaica Inn,

Map: OS Explorer 109 Bodmin Moor.

Heading inland Bodmin Moor offers open moorland and boggy ground coupled with high granite tors and stunning views. Well worth getting your trail shoes wet for.

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3. The Roseland.

Terrain: Slight more sheltered than 1st and 2nd place on our list. Undulating with small fishing villages in the larger valleys (fishing boats are replaced with ice-creams and holidaymakers in the summer). Terrain gets more challenging as you near Porthpean.
Difficulty: ****
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: St Antony lighthouse, Mevagissey.

Map: OS Explorer 105 Falmouth and Mevagissey.

Slightly less wild than the next places on our list The Roseland still has plenty of varied and undulating miles to offer, coupled with beautiful cliffs and picturesque villages.

2. The Lizard.

Most southerly point in Cornwall.
Terrain: Moorland and arable mix. Varied geology creates flat areas combined with very steep short valleys, cliffs and the ever changing Atlantic Ocean. Small villages and small beaches.
Difficulty: ****
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Mulion Cove, Kynance Cove, The Lizard lighthouse, Cadgwith, Porthhallow.

Map: OS Explorer 103 The Lizard.

Less famous than its most westerly cousin The Lizard offers some breathtaking scenery and offers a very technical trail in places (esp. near Coverack where you will need your hands and your feet).

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And in first place…

1st Lands End.

Most westerly point of Cornwall.
Terrain: Granite outcrops, high cliffs and uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean to America.
Difficulty: *****
Designation: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Lands End, Cape Cornwall, Zenor.

Map: OS Explorer 102 Land’s End.

This has to be one of the most dramatic places to run anywhere. Huge Atlantic swells and uninterrupted storm systems meet rugged granite cliffs.

No wonder the top 5 in our list are also home to some great trail ultra races such as the Roseland August Trail (RAT) 64 miles, The Classic Quarter 44 miles, and the Arc of Attrition 100 miles around 2,1 and 5 in our top 5 list.

Get out there and enjoy it.

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