Slip away from the crowds and follow the old railway track along the Camel valley through some of Cornwall’s least visited countryside. Whether you cycle or walk, the Camel Trail in Cornwall is a great way to spend a day out with your kids!
A Little History
The original railway line starting in Padstow and finishing in Wadebridge brought sea-sand and then slate and china clay for shipping and fish for the markets. The Atlantic Coast Express transported excited holidaymakers from Waterloo station in London to the Cornish beaches for their break away from city life.
The Trail Today
Today, the Camel Trail is provided and maintained by the Country Council and enables cyclists, horse-riders, walkers and wheelchair users to travel along its level and well-surfaced tracks to access unspoilt areas of this magical corner of Britain.
Town and Country Links
It links the towns of Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin and an extension of the track follows the river towards Camelford. There are many 10 mile circular tracks to choose from and you can branch out to other cycle and walking paths to vary your route.
The most popular section of the Camel Trail starts in Wadebridge and ends in Padstow. This part of the track crosses a fine, open estuary landscape with the opportunity to spot plants and birds along the way. There are tracks that are more suitable for experienced cyclists, especially the longer circular route north of the river to Rock. If the school crowds are getting busy then try the track from Wadebridge towards Bodmin – it runs through narrow valleys and thick shady woodland. North of Bodmin the woods give way to the wild and bare hills of Bodmin Moor, easily accessible from Poleys Bridge.
Highlight of the Day
Being in the open countryside with your family and spotting wildlife along the way. Simple pleasures.
Nearest train station : Bodmin or Padstow
Car parking : Available
Website : www.cornwall.gov.uk (downloadable leaflet available)