An idyllic multi use 18 mile trail running between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow, the Camel Trail is an excellent family day out in Cornwall.
Running through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is an 18 mile trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in Cornwall and the south west.
Ideal for children of all ages, the Camel Trail is mainly used by cyclists looking for a flat, leisurely ride surrounded by nature, but walkers and horseriders will also use the trail.
Our favourite family-friendly route begins and ends in Wadebridge with a long stop-over for a much needed lunch in Padstow. The return route is approximately 11 miles and hugs the beautiful Camel Estuary. There’s plenty of viewpoint benches and secret beaches to stop at along the way and if you’re lucky you might catch a heron, cormorant or egret out to sea. Cycle hire is easily available from Wadebridge and Padstow, but we recommend booking in advance if you plan to visit during peak holidays.
For those looking to complete the entire Camel Trail in one go, you’ll need to start the trail in Padstow. The coastal section will take you to Wadebridge where you will then enter the deeply incised and beautifully wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin. At Bodmin yet another line, one of the most historic in the country, winds its way inland to the foot of Bodmin Moor where you’ll have well earned a pint of a good Cornish ale.
During high season, there are various refreshments along the way, and toilets are located at Wadebridge alongside the trail and in Padstow town centre.