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“Fantastic Day Out”
Review of The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Wadebridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

After hiring a couple of bikes for the day in Wadebridge (£12 per day), we cycled the camel trail from Wadebridge to Padstow which is roughly 5miles each way.
I have to say that this was one of my most enjoyable days while visiting Cornwall, which was probably helped by the beautiful weather!
The views of the estuary are amazing and there are plenty of benches and picnic tables along the way so that you can stop for lunch and enjoy the view. It is flat with no cars etc which makes it very safe for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
The bike hire company kindly provided us with a clip on bag for our personal items and bike locks so that when we arrived in Padstow we could safely lock up our bikes and explore the town on foot (There are plenty of bike racks at either end).
I would highly recommend a cycle or walk along the Camel trail to anyone visiting this part of the country.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

What an excellent day out, we cycled from wadebridge to padstow along the camel trail, its flat easy going terrain, half way along we stopped at a mobile trike icecream cart. The views of the estuary are lovely, our party consisted of 8 adults and 2 children under 3. 3 of the adults hired bikes. £12 for the day. The children travelled in a little buggy affair which towed behind a bike, this also double has a buggy when walking round Padstow. you just have to watch for cycles or pedestrians coming the other way the trail is completely void of cars. Its approximately 7 miles long on the stretch we did. A great day out for all the family.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

This was our second time hiring bikes and cycling along the camel trail. Hiring bikes is easy from one of the many cycle shops. The trail itself is flat and well maintained. It can get extremely busy in the summer so watch out for pedestrians. The views along the banks of the estuary our wonderful and provide numerous photo opportunities.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Great place to have a very very very long walk... Watch out for bikes... Trail codes says that walkers have right of way... Bike riders don't get this rule, but local authority are going to put more signs up about this....Great out door tea rooms on trail is brill although clotted cream teas are too good and walking it all off after is difficult.....

2  Thank notso186338
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We cycled on the trail on a warm half-term holiday Wednesday.

We parked at the Borough Arms in Bodmin, which has a free car park behind it for trail-users. It was easy to park and there are lots of spaces. We used "the facilities" in the pub and, because I felt guilty, I bought a half of diet coke which was £2 (slightly overpriced I thought).

The car park is situated on the trail although there is a reasonable steep walkway to get onto it which can be hard to manoeuvre for younger/older bike riders, you are advised to walk with your bikes.

The first section was a very slight downhill (more noticeable on the return leg) to Wadebridge, it is easy going 5.5 miles and takes you past the Camel Valley Vineyard, there is a cafe/bike hire shop soon after leaving the pub which looked very popular. The trail is all off road until you reach Wadebridge apart from having to cross over 2 roads (gated and sign-posted so should stop children cycling out in front of cars). It was extremely quiet on this stretch of trail.

Once in Wadebridge there is a cycle lane on the road and a couple of roundabouts to negotiate before going through the street... beware of pedestrians as they don't look, even though it is busy with cyclists. The cycle lane ends up at another cycle hire place and leads onto the Wadebridge to Padstow section of the trail. There are public toilets here and a bike stands to park up.

The Wadebridge to Padstow section (6 miles) was fairly flat and easy riding.. there were much more people using this section. Beware of pedestrians, dogs and the more ignorant cyclists... we were in a group of 5 (3 adults and 2 children 11 and 13) we instructed the children to keep left, except when overtaking, and to ride in single file... and not to stop dead in the middle of the trail, but to pull over slowly and then stop... not everyone sees to do this!!!
Pedestrians have right of way - YES, I agree with that - but some choose to walk 3 abreast and have their dogs running around in front of bikes... they walk down both sides of the trail and have no consideration for the other trail users. So although we weren't travelling particularly fast we did have to keep stopping because others were in the way unnecessarily. So nearly had several mishaps with other cyclists and dogs, but all in all was an enjoyable trip to Padstow.

On reaching Padstow we wanted to get a pasty in the village as there were only Rick Stein's fish and chips available at the quay. We did not bring enough locks and didn't want to stay long in Padstow so we decided to take bikes with us... however there are plenty of bike racks available to lock your bike to and indoor bike storage if you want to pay for that... it is a short distance to the harbour and the number of people was phenomenal! We rode through behing a very slowly moving 4x4 so that part was easy. We bought pasties at the Chough Bakery and these were very nice. There are public toilets near the harbour.

We rode back to Bodmin straight after and in total the 22 miles and pasty break took us about 4 hours... we could have done it faster if it was a quieter and cooler day, but this pace was nice.

The section from Wadebridge to Padstow is prettier and flatter with more tarmac, but the incline up to Bodmin isn't huge, it was just a bit tiring at the end of a very long ride!

2  Thank Janeway75
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