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The Camel Trail

Age group: 3+

Location: MID - NORTH Cornwall

 

Contact: Bodmin, Wadebridge, Padstow

TEL: n/a

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Although many head straight for the beach, the Camel Trail is used by over half a million visitors each year and it's Cornwall's most popular multi-use trail (walking, cycling, horse riding).

 

Stretching from Wenfordbridge all the way to Padstow it takes in some fine country too and a variety of wildlife can be seen along the way. Almost the entire route is traffic free, therefore a great place for those young or novice cyclists. And as it is flat too you will be surprised in how much ground you can cover in just a couple of hours.

 

Cycle Hire is available locally and the trail is easy to access from a number of places along the route, even for the disabled or infirm. The trail can be broken down into sections; Wadebridge to Padstow, Wadebridge to Bodmin or if you are feeling fit - why not try the entire length - 17 miles!

 

Originally built by Sir William Molesworth, it was designed to move sand as a fertiliser for farms inland that suffered with poor soils (which was a common problem for wet heathland/moorland).

 

Now it's pretty much defunct in terms of being a used railway, other than the efforts of Bodmin & Wenford Railway who occasionally stoke up and wet the whistles up to Boscarne Junction and back.

 

But it's a good way to get some fresh air and meander through some Cornish countryside. Padstow to Wadebridge is of particular importance to birdwatchers, whilst further inland you may well bump into badgers, foxes, stoats and maybe even a few other people enjoying the trail too!

 

If you are a regular visitor to Cornwall, but have yet to sample the delights of the Camel Trail we recommend you give it a go. Why not start in the market town of Wadebridge and cycle to Padstow....we think you'll be glad you did.

Wadebridge 0.5 miles, Padstow 1 miles, Bodmin 1.5 miles