An Elm Farm Cycle Route we call “Two Carns from the Farm”

A challenging circular Cornwall cycle trail from Elm Farm with spectacular views of both coasts from the top of Carn Brea.

A fantastic trip to the Francis Basset monument, the outstanding local landmark that sits atop Carn Brea, from Elm Farm.

This brilliant 30 mile circular cycle route incorporates parts of 4 trails; The Coast to Coast, The Redruth & Chacewater Trail, The Great Flat Lode and The Portreath Branch Line. Amazing views that encompass both North & South coasts of Cornwall can be gained from the top of Carn Marth and Carn Brea.

Map of the route

You can, of course, do this route in either direction but we think this is the most rewarding method. Ask for advice in Elm Farm Bike Barn.

2 carns from elm farm map

Francis Bassett

You may know him from Poldark. He was one of the largest mine and landowners in Cornish history with an amazing story.

View from one carn to the other

Approaching Carn Brea from the South East offers a view that will not have changed much since the mines were working.

One of the old engine houses that you can visit on this route.

Thanks to Dar for the images XXX.

The view from the top of Carn Brea looking towards the North coast  & Elm Farm.

The effort of getting there is well rewarded, on a clear day, by views of both the North and South coasts. Also the site of ancient settlements.

View of the Francis Bassett monument from close-up.

Carn Brea Castle, which is nect to the Bassett monument, has a small Lebanese restraunt inside but you need to book a table. Check it out here – Carn Brae Castle

Poldice Valley

Don’t just ride through explore the dirt jumps and downhill tracks that abound in this former arsenic works.

Travel through the heart of Cornish mining history but don’t forget to stop an enjoy it every now and again.