Saints Trails - Public Exhibitions August 2019

The Designated Funds Cycling Safety and Integration Programme – The Saints Trails

Transformational investment (£17.1m) has been secured from Highways England that in partnership with Cornwall Council (£2m contribution) will deliver four new multi user trails including links between Newquay, Perranporth, St Newlyn East, St Agnes and Truro.  A fifth scheme, design only at this stage, is looking at providing facilities for cyclists and walkers along the existing A30 between Carland and Chiverton that would be implemented once the new dual carriageway scheme is built.

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Once completed this 30Km network of trails (known collectively as the ‘Saints Trails’) will link housing and employment growth areas’ connect coastal communities, provide sustainable access to key services and help address congestion and air quality issues. Increasing accessibility to high quality networks of cycle and walking trails should encourage healthier lifestyle choices and contribute to the Councils Climate Change emergency agenda. 

Since the funding announcement and media launch in early February 2019 the Project team has focused on scheme development and engagement with landowners and key stakeholders. This design work has built upon the high level feasibility study undertaken by the Highways England Arup consultant team, and included early community engagement and liaison with representatives of local Cycle groups, the Countryside Access forum, Parish Councils and Local Members through the Community Network team.

Initial feedback shows strong community and stakeholder support. It provides a healthy opportunity for commuting and leisure activities as well as helping tackle Cornwall Council's climate change emergency.

Throughout August 2019 a number of public exhibitions took place on the latest current proposals. The project team answered a number of detailed questions from members of the public.  



Wedesday 7 August

Goonhavern Community Centre, TR4 9NW

Friday 9 August 

St Agnes Miners and Mechanics Institute, Vicarage Road, TR5 0TL

Tuesday 13 August 

Concho Lounge, Bank Street, Newquay, TR7 1AY

Wednesday 14 August

Perranporth Rugby Club, Budnic Hill, TR6 0DB

Monday 19 August

Hawkins Arms, Zelah, TR4 9HU

Tuesday 20 August

St Newlyn East Village Hall, Neeham Road, TR8 5LE

Wednesday 21 August 

St Erme Community Hall, Castle Fields, TR4 9BD


The schemes can be summarised as follows:

  1. Truro to St Agnes; This traffic-free path will provide a multi user trail alongside the A390 from the park and ride at Threemilestone to Chiverton Cross where a dedicated overbridge for cyclists, walkers and horseriders will cross the A30 and then linking with an off road trail  alongside the B3277 to St Agnes.  This trail will link with the new routes planned as part of the Langarth Garden Village Development.
  2. Trispen to Idless; This signed route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill and 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 scheme will connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East to Carland Cross 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.
  5. Improving the existing A30 - This comprises measures that will run along the existing A30 between Carland and Chiverton once it becomes part of the local road network following completion of the new dual carriageway section of the A30.

More information about each scheme can be found on the Saints Trail Exhibition Boards page.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the project team at or call us on 01872 322684.

For details of the Saint's Trails Launch event please see the Saints Trails Launch webpage.

For further details about the designated funds programme please see the Highways England Designated Funds webpage.

View a list of frequently asked questions

Watch a short video displaying the individual routes