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“Beautiful, but very dangerous with dogs of leads causing accidents” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Camel Trail

Camel Trail
Padstow, Wadebridge and/or Bodmin, England
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Ranked #60 of 358 Activities in Cornwall
Type: Biking Trails, Sports
Activities: Biking
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Owner description: A 14-mile bike trail that follows the path of a deserted railway between Bodmin and Padstow.
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“Beautiful, but very dangerous with dogs of leads causing accidents”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The trail can be lovely, It is beautiful.. But people insist on letting their dogs run wild off the lead.
Just imagine you have your children cycling down the trail, on each side is a steep drop into water; when suddenly two dogs come running up straight in to your childs bike, your child goes flying. The idiots who allowed their dogs to cause the crash will quite rightly tell you..." there's no sign telling us to keep dogs on a lead!"
This happened to me
I now live here, and cycle here often. It is a death trap. The amount of people I have seen injured is untrue. I have seen children have their teeth knocked out, a ladie forced of her bike (again by dogs and their stupid owners) who had the arm of her glasses imbeded into her face.
So many people with injuries.
I love my dogs. Would I allow them to run wild where people in both directions are cycling???? No I would not. ( who with a brain or one ounce of common sense would???) You even get people who cycle with their dogs running infront of them- where they have no control at all. So, besides that you have the "big people" who insist on riding next to each other, again forcing you off the trail.
All I can say is be careful. Ride in front and behind your children, as people are rude and inconsiderate, who do not have the sense God gave them.

Visited March 2013
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Good Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We tackled the Camel Trail on our own bikes on a cool cloudy March Day. Passed Wadebridge it was very very quiet and we found ourselves pretty much alone for long stretches. The 5 miles from Padstow to Wadebridge is the best bit with the best views. Further along the trail it becomes very wooded and a little dull, can't see passed the tree. Towards the end it opens out a bit but there is absolutely nothing there, we couldn't find anywhere to have a drink/bite to eat.

Several miles back towards Padstow having turned around at the end there is a nice garden café/eating place right on the trail with an excellent selection of snacks,cakes, ice creams, drinks etc. Wadebridge is nice and offers plenty of choice. Not far from Padstow though.

The trail is flat and easy to ride, there is some gravel sections but our hybrid bikes had no issues at all. There are plenty of bike rental places in Padstow and Wadebridge as required.

I am sure it must get very busy in the summer/school holidays. But out of season it is blissfully quiet and we saw lots of birds. The trail passes right by the Camel Vineyard, it was unfortunately closed when we were there but could make a good destination to visit, turn round and come back. It was about 8 miles from Padstow.

All in all a good day out with nice views to get a bit of fresh air and exercise.

Visited March 2013
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Clent, Worcestershire
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“great family ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

As experienced cyclists with two children (9 and 11) this was a great ride. We did Padstow to Wadebridge and back one day and then Wadebridge to Bodmin and back the next day. The first section is the most scenic with great views across the estuary but it was slightly busier. Wadebridge to Bodmin is also great. Both sections are well surfaced and pretty flat, only the last mile into Bodmin from the west is slightly uphill.

We didn't go into Bodmin itself but headed to the Gaol for tea / snacks.

Wadebridge is very cycle friendly and car drivers are especially considerate of families on bikes.

As a very keen cycling family we have to empathise with other reviewers comments about lack of consideration for walkers or other users. Hire centres really need to teach some basics such as which side to ride on, use of a bell or simply calling out to walkers to let them know you are coming, passing widely and slowly. Many people on bikes look like they haven't ridden for some time, which is absolutely fine and it is great to see so many people cycling, but a bit more consideration will ensure everyone using such trails has a great time.

Go out of season or set off early to avoid the crowds.

Visited February 2013
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Redruth, United Kingdom
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“Watch your backs.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We walked the 11 mile section from Wadebridge to Padstow & back, and found it very enjoyable. It is very flat, and well-maintained. (The Coast To Coast trail from Portreath to Devoran could benefit from a bit of this TLC) There are numerous benches / picnic tables along this stretch of the trail.
Padstow was nice, although trying to find parts of the town not owned by Rick Stein is a challenge.
The only downside as a walker (which has been mentioned by several other reviewers) is the attitude of some cyclists. Despite many signs informing cyclists to slow down & that walkers have priority, some of them couldn't even walk out what side of the trail to be on, others hedged their bets & spread across the entire width of the trail, while some were in full ninja-mode, flying up behind you & passing without any use of a bell. This is partially countered by the walkers letting dogs run in front of bikes at random intervals.
We were there early (8.30am) on a cold February morning - I can imagine it resembling 'Death Race 2000' by the time you get to summer!
We are going to do the Wadebridge - Bodmin section this weekend - wish us luck!

Visited February 2013
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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“Beware Punctures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Hired Bikes from Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge and cycled to Padstow and back. Bridge said there was a possibility that we may suffer a puncture and gave us 2 spare tubes, puncture repair kit, spanner and pump. I took this warning fairly lightly but, in the event, both my wheels punctured as did one of the tyres on my wife's bike. Bridge say they are unable to access the trail to help and I did not feel confident of repairing the problem on the multi-geared rear wheels. So we did a lot of walking and were very disappointed. The council were trimming the trail hedges and were not adequately clearing up the sprigs of Blackthorn. This, I gather, happens every year at this time. Very few people were using the trail today but we saw 2 others with punctures so please be aware that one or more punctures is a likelihood rather than a possibility at this time. In all other respects we were happy with the Hire and the trail would be a very enjoyable experience wihout the threat of punctures.

Visited January 2013
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