Bodmin to Padstow – The Camel Trail.
The Camel Trail is a flat 11 mile cycle route ( one way ) which runs along the path of an
old railway line that has been transformed in to one of the most popular cycle trails in the UK. Along the way you pass through woodlands and cycle alongside the River Camel then up the estuary to Padstow. Ideal for family rides and that fun day out !
Cycle hire is available in Bodmin from – Bodmin Bikes, 3, Hamley Court, Dennison Road, and from other cycle hire centres all along the Camel Trail.
Bodmin was once the county town of Cornwall and the old court house now house the
Bodmin Visitors Centre. In Bodmin you will find a steam railway, a museum an old gaol and plenty of shops for you to explore.
Starting from the Barrycoombe Hill in Bodmin you join the Camel Trail at the top end of
Barrycombe Hill near the junction with Scarletts Well Road and cycle along the Camel Trail out of Bodmin. Once the trail has left Bodmin it takes you through the wooded valley which runs alongside the River Camel and takes you towards Wadebridge.
After about 6 miles the trail brings you to the busy market town of Wadebridge. Wadebridge is the half way point of your cycle ride and there are plenty of shops, cafes and bars etc for you to explore. At Wadebridge the trail takes you through the street of the town, just follow the signs. Basically the route still follows the path of the river though the town.
After a short distance you’re back on the traffic free Camel Trail heading towards Padstow. Along this section the trail runs along the Camel Estuary and you can enjoy some fantastic views along as you cycle along. Along this section of the ride you can enjoy some great wildlife. The estuary is home to birds such as, curlew, oystercatchers, wigeon and herons.
On your way to Padstow the trail takes you past such places as the old slate quarry, Pinkson Creek and Old Town Cove. After about 5 miles you arrive at Padstow, said to be one of the most attractive seaside towns in Cornwall and was once the fourth most important port in England. At Padstow you will find shops bars and cafes etc for you to enjoy at the end of your cycle ride.