Things to do in St Austell without the car!

One of the biggest environmental impacts on the region is TRANSPORT!

Over 90% of people visiting Cornwall arrive by car! Imagine the pollution and traffic congestion this causes every year, not to mention the amount of the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere that cause climate change and global warming.

Whether you are on holiday or living locally you can help reduce this impact by enjoying our Car Free Days Out! These activities have been created by a small but dedicated team of local people to show you how you can enjoy these wonderful places and protect them at the same time.

If everyone made at least one trip a week on the bus instead of a car journey imagine the amount of carbon we could save!

You can reduce your impact on the environment by enjoying St Austell and St Austell Bay without the car. Using public transport is a greener way to travel and there are good transport links with all the things to do suggested here.

Each thing to do will eventually be accompanied by a downloadable PDF full of helpful information to get the very best from your day out.

St Austell Town Centre

Railway Station in St Austell with footpath signs to Centre and Clay Trails
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Railway Station in St Austell with footpath signs to Centre and Clay Trails

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Car Free Day Out TC01
Clemo’s Way
This is a heritage trail that winds its way around St Austell full of fascinating facts about the town’s history and architecture.

This building on Bodmin Road, St Austell was once a woolen mill
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This building on Bodmin Road, St Austell was once a woolen mill

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White River Way
Another heritage trail in the town that includes Trenance Valley and the White River highlighting the many buildings in this part of St Austell that were once mills.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

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White River Cinema

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White River Cinema
brings state of the art cinema to St Austell with four big screens in a new, purpose built cinema complex. All films are shown in Dolby Digital sound on wall to wall screens for maximum picture size!

St Austell Brewery
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St Austell Brewery

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St Austell Brewery
An interactive museum where you can learn the fascinating story of the Brewery’s pubs, beers, wines and spirits and about the Cornish families who created them. Walk through the Victorian Brewery.

Fitness Centre Polkyth
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Fitness Centre Polkyth

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Polkyth Leisure Centre
Polkyth has a wide range of sports and fitness opportunities.

Trees on the Tree Trail, St Austell
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Trees on the Tree Trail, St Austell

Car Free Day Out TC07
Tree Trail
The older part of St. Austell itself is surprisingly leafy, blessed by being in a well treed setting, with wooded valleys to north and south.

Poltair Park St Austell
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Poltair Park St Austell

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Poltair Park and Library
Poltair Park is a lovely park that stretches from Trevarthian Road down to Carlyon Road. Mature trees line its borders and also grow in the grounds creating a pleasant green environment.

Tallships in Charlestown Harbour, photo by Erna Steinmetz
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Tallships in Charlestown Harbour, photo by Erna Steinmetz

Car Free Day Out TC09
Charlestown
Charlestown was built as a harbour for the export of China Clay by Charles Rashleigh in the latter part of the 18th Century.

Southwest of St Austell

The Lost Gardens of Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration, with a wide variety of landscapes waiting to be discovered.
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Car Free Day Out SW01
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration, with a wide variety of landscapes waiting to be discovered.

Pentewan
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Pentewan

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Car Free Day Out SW02
Pentewan
Pentewan Harbour once exported a third of Cornwall’s clay and the harbour still remains.

Kings Wood Cycle way
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Kings Wood Cycle way

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Car Free Day Out SW04
Pentewan Cycle Trail
The Pentewan Trail itself carries on along the river bank before changing direction left through broadleaf woodland.

The view from the Black Head
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The view from the Black Head

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Car Free Day Out SW05
Pentewan to Hallane / Black Head
Attractive coastal views and at various seasons a selection of wild flowers and coastal birds.

Kings Wood Cycle way
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Kings Wood Cycle way

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Car Free Day Out SW06
Kingswood
Kings Wood is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is designated a County Wildlife Site.

Tin Mine near St Austell
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Tin Mine near St Austell

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Car Free Day Out SW07
Polgooth Golf Course and Engine House
Polgooth was once a busy mining village – Polgooth Mine was one of the richest and largest mines in the county with over 50 shafts producing tin and copper.

Porthpean Beach
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Porthpean Beach

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Car Free Day Out SW08
Porthpean
Porthpean is a coastal village just 2 miles outside St Austell and has a safe sandy sheltered beach popular with families.

Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry accompanied by dolphins
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Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry accompanied by dolphins

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Car Free Day Out SW09
Mevagissey to Fowey Ferry
A wonderful day out that includes a ferry ride between Mevagissey and Fowey.

Heligan - Mevagissey Walk
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Heligan – Mevagissey Walk

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Car Free Day Out SW10
Mevagissey to Heligan Woods
This is a circular trail walk which makes an interesting addition to a day visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Mevagissey Harbour
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Mevagissey Harbour

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Car Free Day Out SW11
Mevagissey
Mevagissey is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast, just a short bus ride from St Austell.

Clay Country North of St Austell

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

East of St Austell

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.

White River Place, St Austell
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White River Place, St Austell

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Download Trail PDF

Car Free Day Out TC03
White River Place
St Austell’s new Shopping Centre opened in 2009 and has been awarded a rare national accreditation for its sustainability both in its design, use of materials and energy saving devices.