Bike, walk or horse ride across Cornwall with the newly opened Saints Trail!


06 Jun 2023

With £11.3 million investment from our designated users and communities fund, we're committed to improving the safety of walkers and cyclists in the South West.

Bike, walk or horse ride across Cornwall with the newly opened Saints Trail!

Three miles of trail across the Cornish countryside, between Perranporth and Goonhavern have been opened up to cyclists, walkers and horse riders this week. Cornwall Council’s Saints Trails initiative has been enabled by our Designated Funding programme, providing a network of cycle paths between the coastline and Truro.

The Saints Trails initiative represents one of the largest ever cycling infrastructure investments in the South West and users are now enjoying the benefits of safer travel across a beautiful part of Cornwall, which includes the former Perranporth to Chacewater railway line.

Our funding will also provide a new cycleway between Sevenmilestone and Chiverton, linking up with a European Structural and Investment funded section from St Agnes. As part of that project, Cornwall Council are also delivering a new trail from West Langarth to Threemilestone, including a new bridge over the A30 at Chiverton.

Other South West projects we've funded have included £6.2 million to Gloucestershire County Council towards their ongoing cycleway projects, and £1.2 million of funding for North Somerset Council’s Pier to Pier project to create a cycle path between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon and complete the final part of the cycle route between Brean and Portishead.

Elsewhere in the South West, designated funding has already helped to provide safer journeys for cyclists:· around M5 Junction 16 near Bristol;
· across seven miles of South Gloucestershire Council’s National Cycleway Network between Cribbs Causeway and Severn Beach;
· on the A35 in Bridport;
· Cycle Route 45 around the A303 Solstice Park near Amesbury;
· the A36 Southampton Road cycleway in Salisbury;
· and the Mowhay Footbridge and A38 Marsh Mills Interchange projects in Plymouth.

We manage four designated funds, allocated by the Government, to deliver benefits above and beyond building, maintaining and operating England’s strategic roads. From protecting the environment and enhancing the landscape around roads, to improving safety, reducing congestion, and supporting communities, the aim is to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

To find out more about National Highways’ Designated Funds programme, go to