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Camel Trail

Padstow, Wadebridge and/or Bodmin, England
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Ranked #34 of 407 attractions in Cornwall
Type: Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
Description: A 14-mile bike trail that follows the path of a deserted railway between Bodmin and Padstow.
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

It actually goes from Padstow to Wenford Bridge via Bodmin, so is longer than the quoted 14 miles, if you do it properly. Early starts mean you have the route to yourself for an hour or so. Then the hoards appear. Wadebridge to Padstow is fantastic, especially at low tide & in sunny weather. The views are spectacular. Wadebridge to... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We hired our bikes from Padstow Cycles - £14.00 for the day. We chose a perfect sunny day and left early at 9 am before the hoards arrived. We only cycled the first leg - 5 1/2 miles from Padstow to Wadebridge, the views are stunning across the estuary so remember to take your camera! The cycleway is completely flat... More

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Yorkshire, England
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As others have advised the route is as long as you want to go. The first section for me is the best with open estuary views. If the weather is good, nowhere better to be. I hired a bike as did not want to lug mine but although at around £12 both hire shops only had cheap well used brands... More

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Bedfordshire England
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170 reviews 170 reviews
48 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had restricted time so couldn't walk all the way to Wadebridge and back but greatly enjoyed what we did (to the slate mine spoils). Great for accessibility but great views for all to enjoy too. Plenty of benches to sit and relax en route and even an impromptu cafe halfway along.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The trail is in two main sections with a 3rd on the bodmin half you can go from bodmin through to padstow via wadebridge,, or you can start at wadebridge.. The wadebride to padstow is more scenic.. the entire trail is flat and easy to ride for the entire family with plenty of room.. it's often busy and well used... More

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Padstow, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We hired a couple of bicycles from the Camel Trail Cycle Hire, located opposite Lidl, at the Wadebridge end of the line. The staff there were very helpful and polite. They offer a breakdown service, where a member of staff will cycle out to you to fix any repair to insure you can continue your ride. The free parking for... More

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South East England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We hired bikes in Padstow and set off along the trail - very good surface and reasonably flat as it was an old railway line. We got as far as Shell Wood [16 miles] and then headed back stopping off at Wadebridge. So 32 miles and it was a great day. This is the third time we have done the... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Hired bikes in Padstow and went from there to Bodmin - excellent lunch at Camel trail tea garden. Then back - 22 miles in total. really recommend

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Newquay, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've lived in the area for years, but not got around to cycling the trail before yesterday. I hired a bike from Camel Trail Cycle Hire, in Wadebridge, with a 2-child trailer to pull behind. We had a lovely day, but not faultless. First, the bad bits, which are nearly all about the bike... I was disappointed that no one... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was the route of the Atlantic Coast Express from Waterloo to Padstow in T9 Steam Locomotive days until 1967 . Bike hire availableat Padstow and Wadebridge. I recommend starting at Wadebridge, as parking easier and stopping for refreshments at the Old Quarry Café; before you reach tourist busy Padstow. Stunning views alongside the Camel Estuary. Distance is a 11... More

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