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Cycling and horse riding at Penrose

Two adults and a child cycling through the woods in autumn
Cycling through the woods | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

There are acres to explore around Penrose and it doesn't have to be on foot. Miles of bridleways and routes through the parkland and woodland are waiting to be discovered on your horse or bike.

Cycling at Penrose

Helston Drive is great for a quick stretch of the legs or a fun adventure with the family. It offers a smooth tarmacked bridleway that leads from Helston through woodland and parkland to the Stables Café – a perfect spot to refuel and relax.

For those who want a quieter ride, off the beaten track, the network of woodland routes around Degibna and Carminowe have stunning views of Loe Pool, out over the Loe Bar Beach.

A group of cyclists make it up a hill, along the South West Coastal Path, with the sea and sky behind them
Cycling along the South West Coastal Path | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Improving Penrose's bridleways

Over the past few years, there's been a big project to remove or replace any stiles or kissing gates on our bridleways with all-user friendly gates, which can be opened without having to get off your bike, allowing you more time in the saddle.

Protecting wildlife and avoiding accidents

To protect wildlife, historic features and everyone’s safety, Penrose doesn’t provide off-road or trail cycling. If you're interested in this activity, opportunities exist at Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods.

To avoid any accidents, please stick to the waymarked bridleways, respect other users and enjoy this beautiful place responsibly.

Rent a bike

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own bike either, as bikes can be rented locally from our friends at Lakeside Cycles, based at the Boating Lake in Helston, meaning everyone can come and explore the countryside.

Horse riding at Penrose

Since 2014, horse riders have been able to experience the spectacular and varied scenery at Penrose, with the creation of over eight miles of new bridleways and by changing footpaths into designated bridleways.

A smiling visitor rides a grey horse on Rockford Common in the New Forest, Hampshire
Explore Penrose on horseback | © National Trust Images / John Miller

Horse riding route

The circular route around Loe Pool takes visitors through the semi-ancient Degibna Wood, across the shingle bank of Loe Bar and around Higher Penrose farm, with coastal and farmland views.

Parking your horse box

If you’re bringing your horse box, there are two large car parks to choose from: Helston Fairground (not National Trust), which is free, or Degibna, a quieter car park where there is a £2 donation to the National Trust.

Stop at the Stables Café with parkland views, and visit our dedicated grassy area for horses around the side of the building with a mounting block.

Responsible riding at Penrose

Penrose is popular with many visitors including cyclists, runners and dog walkers. To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit, please use only the designated bridleways, please pass other visitors with care, and do not allow your horse to gallop.

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