An Elm Farm cycle route we call “Going Tehidy woods to see the bluebells”
This is a fairly easy cycle route but it does have a steep climb out of Portreath so you may need to push for a little bit if you aren’t super fit. You also need to know how to find thethe right path to follow out of Portreath so make sure to ask at Elm Farm Bike Barn before you set off.
Tranquil cycling in Tehidy woods
Explore 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes at Tehidy, near Portreath, in Cornwall. There are a number of easy walking and cycling paths running through the park. There is also an abundance of wildlife with swans, geese, rooks, jackdaws, coots, moor hens, grey squirrels, otters, and badgers.
The Portreath Branchline Trail
In 1836 the Hayle Railway was constructed to link the engineering works and harbour quays at Hayle with the copper mines around Camborne and Redruth. It had two major branches, the one up to the Tresavean mine above Lanner and the other down to the port of Portreath. The line was standard gauge (4’ 8 ½”) and used steam locomotives from the start. The steam hauled section to Portreath terminated at the top of the hill and was connected to the port by a massive incline. The Portreath Incline was double tracked and wagons were raised and lowered from and to the harbour by a stationary steam engine mounted at the top. The Portreath branch continued as a successful freight line until its closure in 1936.