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Cycle the Camel Trail

  • North Quay, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AF

Start & Finish: Padstow or Wadebridge

Following the route of a disused railway, the Camel Trail is one of the most popular off-road bike routes in the UK, linking Padstow and Wadebridge with Bodmin Moor. Probably Cornwall’s most popular cycle path, it’s as easy-peasy a route as you could wish for, and also beckons walkers, horse riders and even the buggy brigade to its well-surfaced, mainly traffic-free, 18 mile-long route.

Whether you set out on foot or freewheel along the trail, the dog gets a decent run while you soak up the lovely scenery of the Camel Estuary and the Camel Valley. If you favour lush woodland, tea gardens and a pub stop, try the 6-mile stretch from Wadebridge to Bodmin – the Camel Trail Tea Garden serves great ploughmans lunches and cream teas among other things, and the Borough Arms now serves walkers and bikers doing the Trail, rather than the railway workers it was built for.

However, it’s the 5 miles between Wadebridge and Padstow that steals the limelight, with its stunning estuary views, great opportunities for spotting birds (there’s a bird hide near Wadebridge), and picture-perfect waterside picnic spots. Plus you can splash out on Stein’s fish and chips when you reach Padstow.

Length: 18 miles
Difficulty: Easy