Camel Trail (Padstow to Bodmin)

This largely traffic-free trail follows an old railway line. At 12 miles long and largely flat it’s ideal for families and less experienced cyclists. The trail offers spectacular views of moorland, woodland and estuary and is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists and horse-riders.

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.

The largely traffic-free trail follows the route of an old railway line once used by the London and South West Railway. It’s ideal for family cycling as it’s 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). It’s a great place to spot otters, bats, dormice, kingfishers, little egrets, marsh orchids and marsh marigolds. The trail is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists and horse-riders.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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