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The Camel Trail in North Cornwall

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Information about cycling the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail and Camel Estuary.

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The Camel Trail in North Cornwall, wends its ways through some of England's most beautiful and relatively unknown coastal scenery and countryside. There are 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel that have been converted from the rail track bed to trail way, thus linking the towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin. An offshoot of the trail follows the river through North Cornwall's rugged moor land village landscapes and idyllic wooded valleys, towards the picturesque market town of Camelford. The hub of the Camel Trail can be found at Wadebridge and from here poses two possibilities. One is to head west and follow the trail to Padstow. Just over five miles of cycle trail are waiting to be discovered.

This is the start of the Wadebridge to Padstow route of the Camel Trail.

The trail passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in England, with stunning views out over the Camel estuary, complimented with little tributaries that disappear into the heart of the fabulous north Cornwall countryside, as well as revealing little inland coves and beaches at low tide.

The Camel trail passes over this Iron bridge    The camel trail passes through an old quarry which still has the landing pier evident on the riverside.

The other option is to head inland, east towards the town of Bodmin, with equally inspirational surroundings and various interesting diversions along the way.

A view of the estuary from the boat yard quay in Wadebridge, looking down river.

In either direction you will enjoy a myriad of sights to inspire the mind as well as the benefits of a healthy excursion. The Camel Trail is virtually level all the way due to it being laid on the old railway track. Although not quite a road surface, the Camel Trail is mostly smooth and provides safe and easy access to unspoilt countryside for those folk unable to use our undulating inland and coastal paths.

The old bridge is one of several picturesque structures in this area.

Camel Trail Code of Conduct for all users
Please ensure that you and others have a
good day out when using the camel trail by following this code.

Please use the trail safely
Walkers always have right of way
Prams and buggies have right of way. Wheelchairs do too!
Do not drop litter, or light fires
Please respect landowners privacy-
Do not trespass onto privately owned land
Please show consideration to other users

Off into the distance, without a soul in sight.

Please wear a safety helmet and carry a repair kit
Please keep your speed down
Remember that walkers always have right of way.
When you approach other users from behind, let them know you are there.

Fabulous estuary/river views.
Dog owners, please take a bag with you and use the dog waste bins provided at Guineaport and Padstow.
 Dog owners, please stop your dog bothering other trail users, wildlife and adjoining landowners' stock.
We want you to keep your dog under control - if this means you have to keep it on a lead please do so.
Please keep your dogs under control
Do not cycle with your dog- it is very dangerous

Horses must walk at all times. No trotting, cantering or galloping.
Groups should go at the pace of the slowest or wait for it to catch up. Horses are huge and skittish compared to a toddler on a bike. Horses are not allowed on the North Cornwall District Councils section from Nanstallon to Poley's Bridge. With no cars to bother you and beautiful scenery, an abundance of wildlife, little coves, old quarry workings and the mighty Iron Bridge that sits astride the estuary leading to Padstow. There is a wealth to see and do at Padstow, with its shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs. To give you the freedom to enjoy the old fishing town, you can chain your cycles up and walk around the town

Poley's Bridge and Bodmin
Again a level trail, free of cars: As you go along this trail, the River Camel gradually narrows to a shallow stream in a wooded valley.

Camel Estuary creeks and tributaries

A lovely place to picnic.
There is a tea room along the trail, also a pub. You can make your way to Bodmin Jail and Railway Station, or take the left fork at the junction and carry on, passing through woodlands with the river to your left. This leads to Poley's Bridge and eventually to the car park, where there is a newly opened extension to the trail which takes you on to Wenford Bridge.

Potters Barn is at the other end of the bridge.

Wenford Bridge is the inland starting point of the Camel Trail.

There are several tributaries that converge to ultimately form the river camel which rises at Hendraburnick Down.

River Camel Source Map

The River Allen also rises not far from the Camel's source, but runs through Camelford and the Allen Valley converging at Wadebridge with the River Camel.

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