Walk the Coast to Coast in Cornwall and you’ll discover our industrial heritage laid out at your feet. You can explore engineering feats from the Carnon Viaduct to engine houses and arsenic works. But if that’s not your thing there’s plenty for the nature-lover too, including Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve.
The main trail is just 11 miles long, but there are plenty of side trails to explore which means you can easily make it a full day hike.
This small reserve is right on the main trail and worth meandering through. Spend some time watching birds in the woodland or looking for butterflies and the rare blue tailed damselfly darting about over the ponds. At varying times of year you can see spindle trees in flower, alder and ash, waterlilies on the ponds as well as iris, bull rushes and other wild flowers.
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Start: Devoran SW
Finish: Portreath SW
Distance: 11 miles • Difficulty: Easy • Time: Half Day minimum
Facilities: Pub and cafe in Devoran and Bissoe. Convenience store, bakery, fish and chip shop, pubs and cafes in Portreath.
Terrain: The main track is fairly level and off road, but there are some short sections of quiet country lanes (mostly used for access to homes along the trail). There are a couple of main roads to cross at Scorrier (with a bridge over the A30), but there are pedestrian crossing points that make it safer. The tracks can be muddy or flooded in places.
Points of Interest:
Carnon Valley Viaduct; Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve; Arsenic Works, jfdasahd fugeayere