Saints Trails

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Cornwall Council have made a compulsory purchase order over land between Perranporth and Newquay On the Saints Trails Perranporth to Newquay CPO  page you can view:

  • copies of the Compulsory Purchase Order,
  • the maps that accompany the order
  • the statement of reasons and
  • other supporting documents

A £17.1m investment has been secured from Highways England with a £2m contribution from Cornwall Council. This will be used to deliver four new multi user trails. Links will be between Newquay, Perranporth, St Newlyn East, St Agnes and Truro.  A fifth scheme is design only at this stage. It looks at providing facilities for cyclists and walkers along the existing A30 between Carland and Chiverton. This would be implemented once the new dual carriageway scheme is built.

Once completed the "Saints Trails" will be 30km long. They will link housing, key services and employment growth areas. They will also address congestion and air quality issues. This increased accessibility will encourage healthier lifestyle choices. It will also contribute to the Councils Climate Change emergency agenda. 

The funding announcement and media launch was in early February 2019. The Project team has focused on scheme development. It has also engaged with landowners and key stakeholders including:

  • Cycle groups
  • Parish Councils
  • Local Members

Public exhibition

The initial proposals were the subject of seven public exhibitions in August 2019. Around 800 people attended the exhibitions. There was 90% support for the schemes (81% strong support) with 5% against.

Analysis of feedback has helped the Project Team in developing the trails, including the redesign and change of routes. The project team have assessed many alternative alignments and layouts. The recommended routes illustrated in the plans are a result of this process. They balance completing the project against impacts on landowners and other factors.


The Saints Trails proposals are as follows:

  1. Truro to St Agnes; This traffic-free path will provide a multi user trail alongside the A390. The route is from the park and ride at Threemilestone to Chiverton Cross. At Chiverton Cross a bridge for cyclists, walkers and horse riders will cross the A30. This links with an off road trail alongside the B3277 to St Agnes.
  2. Trispen to Idless; This signed route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill. Then on off road trails through Bishop’s and Lady’s wood to Idless and the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 32.
  3. St Newlyn East to Carland Cross; This connects the existing National Cycle Network at St Newlyn East to Carland Cross. This will be via a traffic-free path through Newlyn Downs.
  4. Perranporth to Newquay. This scheme will re-use the route of the abandoned railway as a multi-use trail. The route starts in Perranporth and continues through St Newlyn East to Newquay.

For more information contact the project team using the contact details below.  The Highways England Designated Funds website also has further information.

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