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Classic Ride 129 – Cornish Classic

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Barney journeys back to his Cornish roots to bring you this West Country classic ride. Words & Photography Barney Marsh Long has my family boasted of ties to Cornwall, despite our predominantly Northern roots. My mother and grandmother were born there. My aunt lives there. My mother, sister and niece are named after villages there. We regularly used to holiday in the deepest, most inaccessible parts of the county. My childhood memories of Cornwall, then, are of massively steep hills, dropping down to dark, shadowy coves. Of pebbled beaches surrounded by massive, imposing rocky edifices. Of scraping bare feet on...

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    Definitely a lot more to ride in that area but I appreciate you can only publish what’s on PRoW. Worth exploring for anyone in the area…look up the local MTB groups and we’ll tell you where it’s worth deviating

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    There is a very good pamphlet called Mining Trails which covers the whole area that you were riding, a friend of mine who lives in Redruth gave it to me last year. I had put it on the shelf with the rest of my route maps. However having read your article in the magazine I took it down for a second look and definitely will try and get there to visit him and ride some trails. The pamphlet unfolds to A3 size with a detailed map, all the routes (colour coded) and lots of info on what to see while riding the area. All the info is also at this website – https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/countryside/cycle-routes-and-trails/the-mineral-tramways/

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