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Camel Trail

Route Details

  • From - to: Wenford Bridge to Padstow via Bodmin
  • Distance: 18 miles
  • Terrain: Railway path, largely traffic free. Variable surface, mainly gravel. 
  • Access: Bodmin Parkway Train Station
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 32

Route Description

One of the most popular recreational routes in the country, the Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. The largely traffic-free trail follows the route of an old railway line once used by the London and South West Railway, and is ideal for family cycling as it is fairly level all the way and the views of moorland, woodland and estuary are spectacular. The route runs through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and is a great place to spot Otters, Bats, Dormice, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Marsh Orchid and Marsh Marigold.  The trail is also used by walkers, joggers and horse-riders.

Starting in Padstow, one of the most attractive seaside towns in Cornwall, the trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers. From Wadebridge to Poley's Bridge, the route passes through some magnificent woodland, managed by the Forestry Commission.  Leaving Bodmin, the route also skirts Bodmin Moor, a beautiful granite landscape with tors, bogs and streams.

A free Camel Trail leaflet is available from Cornwall Council's website, tel: 0300 1234 100.  

For those not wanting to do the full 18 miles, why not consider a shorter section?  Padstow to Wadebridge is 5.5 miles, Wadebridge to Bodmin is 5.75 miles and Bodmin to Wenfordbridge is 6.25 miles. 

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Route Info Window: 

One of the most popular recreational routes in the country, the Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Poley's Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. The trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers.

Latitude: 
50.532680482687006
Longitude: 
-4.806198238378903
Zoom level: 
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One of the most popular recreational routes in the country, the Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. The trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers.

Length: 
18 miles