Wheal Martyn to the Eden Project

A Car Free Day Out around St Austell CL03

Distance: Five Miles

This trail can be accessed either by walking along the Green Corridor which starts at St Austell station or by taking a Western Greyhound bus 528 to Trethowel. Ask for the nearest stop to Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. A trail suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.

Look out for the Clay Trail signs to Eden which will take you from the museum along a path that was a disused railway beside the road heading back towards St Austell. The path follows the White river until it crosses the road over an iron footbridge. The path then winds

Clay Trails sign, St Austell

Clay Trails sign, St Austell


its way up the hill away from the main road giving lovely views across the valley. The trail takes you past several disused pits and tips which look as though they have been reclaimed by nature – the hillsides are often covered in a thick tangle of undergrowth and trees. As you continue the trail the more modern workings of the clay industry come into view. Notice the many tree saplings that have been planted on these newer slopes which will soon create a verdant growth over this land. A million trees have been planted to help return this landscape to its former natural glory.

The trail is well sign posted taking you across the A391 road on towards the little village of Trethurgy. The trail from here to Eden affords wonderful glimpses of St Austell Bay.

Once you reach Eden you can use their facilities – toilets, cafe etc before returning to St Austell. If you have walked the five miles you may want to catch one of the regular buses (Western Greyhound No. 527) back to St Austell!