The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail
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  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom516 contributions
    Riverside ride
    Nice trail which I did in two parts. First (busy) bit from Wadebridge to Padstow with the kids, which to be honest is probably the best bit as you get frequent great views of the River Camel estuary…then I myself did the Wadebridge to Bodmin stretch, which was a lot quieter & had lots more tree cover but occasionally it opened up enough to see the River Camel flowing next to the trail. This stretch has more railway paraphernalia left in situ. The last mile/mile and a half was up a slight gradient into Bodmin. We hired our bikes mid afternoon as a half day hire & still managed to get both rides done :)
    Traveled with family
    Written October 26, 2021
  • Mark T
    12 contributions
    Extremely busy in the summer term!
    This is a very nice cycle trail. We went here on August 18th 2021 and it was packed with many people! To be honest, we weren't expecting to see so many people on this trial. We did the full route from Wadebridge to Padstow and back. We camped nearby for a week. I had my brother's family and me and my father. Even my six year old nephew was enjoying it until he starts complaining that it was too long! It is worthwhile going as it is very good for your mental and physical health! We arrived in Padstow, it was extremely crowded place this summer of 2021! There is an old short converted railway van that is used as a kitchen that is a 'pit stop' for a nice drink and a bite to eat half way along the route. I do recommend this cycle route. It is a must. Hundreds of people use it and it is not suitable for cyclists who like to ride fast to keep fit. It is the kind of place where you go at a slow pace to enjoy the scenery. It is very busy as it seems very popular with tourists, holidaymakers and the locals.
    Written November 2, 2021
  • Plattypuss52
    814 contributions
    Perfect cycling
    Thoroughly enjoyed it on hired bikes. Easy cycling on hard track from Wadebridge to Padstow and return. All achieved in 2 hours with a stop en route at the handily placed snack stops and an ice cream in Padstow . The weather was perfect so the views were stunning. We’d do it again but maybe to Bodmin next time.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2021
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Tdserfd N
3 contributions
Jul 2022
Lovely, flat cycle to do, respectful walkers who moved out the way for me and my family. We saw the train set off and it was a spectacle to see, my youngest had never seen a steam train before so great experience. When we went through Padstow, tourist heaven. Don't go in the summer if you want to relax in this lovely place.
Written July 14, 2022
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Daren B
Staines, UK159 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Had looked forwards to this walk with wife and dog. It was a unusually windy day but unfortunately this didn't perturb the main reason the walk didn't meet expectations: cyclists, hoards of them in endless streams many not having seen two wheels for some time wobbling all over the place or generally riding too fast, inattentively or inconsiderately with no concept of how to share a path with walkers.
It is now no surprise to me that we passed less than a dozen other couples walking, clearly anyone in the know avoids.
It was particularly dangerous for the dog off lead so we had to keep her on lead and even then she was stressed by cyclist approaching from the rear at speed then "tinging" their bells.
It's a shame as the views along the estuary are fantastic but I spent most of my time looking out for cyclists.
Avoid if your looking for a relaxing stroll particularly if you want to take your dog
Written August 20, 2020
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Bev Pridham
20 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We walked with our dog Benson from Wadebridge to Padstow at a steady pace which took us 3 hours exactly.Return trip by bus. We parked the car behind Lidl which cost just one pound all day although this will change end of March.I definitely recommend to walk this way around to be faced with the merging sea and Padstow such beautiful surroundings.
Written March 8, 2020
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Jonathan W
5 contributions
Sep 2021
A great cycle, I cycle this trail 3 or 4 times a year a total of 17 miles each way. It is so varied and always interesting. It can be a bit congested during the summer holidays, especially between Wadebridge and Padstow, but who can blame them!
Written December 7, 2021
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ludlowadvisor
Much Wenlock, UK65 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
An absolutely fantastic cycle trail, that is flat, easy going with fantastic countryside and estuary views. We started out at the car park adjacent to the Borough arms (a decent pub) and we cycled the 22 miles to padstow and back.

The only reason I have not given it five stars is that the signage in wadbridge where the path is split and it goes through the town is terrible and so you have a load of family’s pushing bikes along the road, also it’s very busy along the Wadbridge to padstow section although still ok.
Written August 16, 2021
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Marta F
London, UK21 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Easy trail to complete on a bicycle, even if you are not very fit. The path is quite wide and flat and the views are lovely.

It can get quite busy over the summer and if you are planning on renting a bike make sure you book it beforehand.
Written August 12, 2020
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Usher7278
Stroud, UK17 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Completed the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Bodmin (6-7 miles... about 13 miles round trip) on our own bikes. Family of 4 (mum, dad and 2 girls 7 and 10yrs)

Having completed the trail padstow to Wadebridge on a previous holiday can happily say the route is a cyclists dream. Open sections, woodland sections... rivers, cafes and bridges. Relatively flat (no major hills) and plenty of space to pass walkers, runners etc who share the path.

Written June 1, 2021
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Dream773208
Bradninch, UK7 contributions
Oct 2022
A lovely ride through countryside. Much less busy than the Padstow route, and generally calmer. Slightly narrower. We went as far as the Borough Arms pub and stopped for lunch. You have to push the bikes up a steep slope to get to the pub car park. Towards the end of the route on the trail there are a couple of gates to open and very minor road to cross.

We were there during the half term week and I can truly say I enjoyed it more than last year when we did the Padstow route. We were not bothered about reaching a town though so that might be why. You do have to ride along a short bit of busy Wadebridge to get to the start.

We hired bikes from Bridge Bike Hire - highly recommend.
Written November 3, 2022
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claz1972
Pontypridd, UK32 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We hired bikes in Wadebridge, parking in the long stay car park behind Lidl - but get there early as the car park fills up quickly. Only £4.50 to park there sll day. We headed out on the cycle path towards Padstow, a flat, easy and very pretty cycle ride. Quite quiet early on but gets very busy as it's a popular section of the trail - factor in that it was also Bank Hol Sunday too. After a few hours in Padstow (you can park your bikes at the end of the trail and wander in to Padstow), we came back to Wadebridge and then headed for Bodmin. A short part of the trail requires you to ride on the road through Wadebridge but when you hit the cycle path, it's lovely and shaded, running through some beautiful countryside. This section of the path was much quieter. We didn't quite make it to Bodmin, stopping for a cream tea in the tea garden en route before we had to head back to meet someone. Again, a fairly easy ride, although distance will tire you out if you are not used to it. A great day out with the kids.
Written September 1, 2020
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chrismadden63
Birmingham, UK161 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
A great walk with options to do one or two ways and on foot or cycle. 5 miles long takes about 2 hours with a young child. Bus return from Wadebridge to Padstow if required right at the end of the trail. Fabulous wildlife - we saw about 8 different wading birds along the estuary. Although weather was good for us there is no shelter on the trip if the weather changes. Very exhilarating though and flat all the way.
Written January 4, 2020
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