On Foot or by Bike
Pentewan Cycle Hire will happily deliver bikes to our park, so you can easily get out and explore the local area thanks to the off-road cycle trail. Head along the level riverside track through the valley towards the nearest beach, just 2.5 miles away, while passing through the villages of Pentewan and Mevagissey, as well as the Lost Gardens of Helligan. If you head the other way (via some road) you’ll find yourself on the clay trails, freewheeling all the way to the world-famous Eden Project.
Situated right beside a cycle trail that follows an easy, off-road route to the beach and gardens, and nudging fairytale woods where mountain bikers flock to the muddier trails, River Valley is popular with cyclists of all levels. To make it really easy we offer bike hire onsite, so you can ditch your car and explore Cornwall on two wheels.
Families can trundle off along the Pentewan Valley Trail (that runs adjacent to the caravan park) and follow the level, riverside track to the nearest beach (2.5 miles away) at Pentewan, the fishing town of Mevagissey and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. If you want to freewheel a little further and don’t mind a little roadwork, head in the other direction to Charlestown, the Eden Project and link up to the network of clay trails etched through the county’s rich landscape.
With the 140-acre Kings Wood just footsteps from your tent or caravan, mountain bikers don’t have to go for to have some fun on the steep, valley-side tracks that zigzag through the woodland.
If you want to explore some of Cornwall’s cycle trails a little further afield it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive to the Camel Trail – a virtually flat, 18-mile route between Bodmin and Padstow. Or drive 45 minutes to Bissoe and follow the mineral tramways coast-to-coast trail between Portreath and Devoran.
For information on all of Cornwall’s cycle trails that link to the National Cycle Network, checkout www.sustrans.org.uk.
Whether you’re a Sunday stroller or a keen hiker, walkers are spoilt for choice in the area surrounding River Valley Holiday Park. Set out on foot and you are within easy reach of stunning beaches, sub-tropical gardens and the local pub.
We offer visitors directions for all sorts of circular walks to the coast and through the countryside. You don’t need a map to head off along the Pentewan Valley Trail that runs adjacent to the site – trace this well-marked path along the river and it’s an easy jaunt to beach at Pentewan (2.5miles), The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the fishing village of Mevagissey. Also just footsteps from your tent or caravan is the enchanting Kingwood, where you can wend through 140 acres of woodland that climbs the valley-side.
If you like decent pub grub and local ales to reward your exertions, it’s only 15 minutes’ walk from River Valley to the local, traditional Polgooth Inn. Or for a longer walk follow the Pentewan Valley Trail from the caravan park and it’s about an hour’s stroll to Charlestown, where you can choose from pub food in the Harbourside Inn, a light bite in Charlie’s coffee shop or upmarket dining in Wreckers seafood restaurant.
Being so close to the coast at River Valley, the South West Coast Path is also at your fingertips. Pack a picnic and amble to the beautiful cove of Porthpean, or explore Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall from the waterside paths around Fowey.
While River Valley Holiday Park is perfectly situated to for walkers to get away from it all, it is also just a short walk from the nearest town of St Austell.
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