Exploring the Camel Trail

Pedal through Cornwall’s scenic landscapes and historic towns along the Camel Trail, offering a traffic-free journey for all from Padstow to Wenfordbridge. With breath-taking views of the Camel Estuary nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, cycling becomes not just a mode of transport, but a relaxing day out.

What to look out for

  • Shoreline Birds
  • Rabbits
  • Jet skiers
  • The perfect picnic spot

What to pack

  • Water
  • Picnic
  • Sun Cream
  • Phone

Discovering the Camel Trail

Venture into the heart of Cornwall’s natural wonders along the Camel Trail, an 18-mile scenic route that winds through picturesque landscapes and historic sites. Following the path of a disused railway line, the Camel Trail offers a largely traffic-free and accessible journey for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and wheelchair users alike.

Camel Trail Map

Tracing the Trail

Beginning at Wenfordbridge and meandering through Bodmin, Wadebridge, and concluding at Padstow, the Camel Trail shows off some of the beautiful and varied Cornish countryside. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely family outing or a tranquil escape into nature, this multi-use trail promises breath-taking views across the Camel Estuary, nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Exploring the Route

Head out on your own bike or hire one for the day from any of the several bike hire stations along the trail. From the serene stretch leading to Wenfordbridge, gradually ascending towards Bodmin Moor, to the bustling path between Wadebridge and Padstow, where the estuary teems with wildlife, including wading birds, each section offers its own unique charm.

A Historical Legacy

Delve into the rich history that lines the Camel Trail, tracing back to the 19th century when the Padstow to Wadebridge railway line first opened its tracks. Initially serving as a conduit for transporting sea sand to inland farms, this historic route has since evolved into a beloved recreational pathway for all to use.

The section from Wadebridge to Poley’s Bridge is one of the oldest in the world, opened in 1834, intended initially to transport sea sand from the estuary to inland farms. The Padstow to Wadebridge line, opened in 1899, provided access from Waterloo via Okehampton and Launceston. While Bodmin through to Wadebridge operated until 1967 as part of the mainline system, the line between Bodmin and Poley’s Bridge, solely used for freight, closed in 1984.

Cycling the Camel Trail


As you traverse from Wadebridge to Padstow, the Camel Estuary unfolds as a sanctuary for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Winter brings plenty of migrating wildfowl, while spring and autumn welcome a flurry of avian visitors. Beyond the trail’s end lies Padstow, our quaint seaside town steeped in history and surrounded by panoramic coastal views.

Padstow Harbour

Charms of Padstow

Explore the quaint streets of Padstow, once a bustling port and now a haven for those seeking coastal tranquillity. From its picturesque harbour to the sprawling Prideaux Place, immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage before venturing forth along the scenic coast path towards Stepper Point.

Stop off in Wadebridge

Wadebridge serves as the gateway to the Camel Trail, boasting a vibrant town centre, enjoy a mooch around this bustling market town and a pasty before setting off on your journey through the surrounding woodlands.

Historic Bodmin

Bodmin, founded in 530 AD by St. Petroc and St. Guron, derives its name from ‘bod meneghi,’ meaning ‘dwelling of the monks.’ Serving as an administrative centre, it now hosts the Bodmin Visitor Information Centre and ‘Murder on the Moor,’ a re-creation of an infamous 19th-century trial. Boasting attractions such as a steam railway, old gaol, and town museum, Bodmin also offers access to Lanhydrock House and the renowned Eden Project via the Cornish Way multi-use route.


The route from Wadebridge to Poley’s Bridge traverses through magnificent woodland, much of which is cared for by the Forestry Commission. These woods feature native trees like oak, ash, and beech, accompanied by an understorey of hazel, holly, or spindle, echoing the lush hedgerows flanking each side of the trail.

Picnic on the Camel Trail

Embark on a journey of discovery along the Camel Trail, where history, nature, and adventure to create an unforgettable experience in the heart of Cornwall’s countryside.

We think there is a no better place to reconnect with nature than on the rugged North Cornwall coast and winding Camel Trail, combined with the wonderfully fresh seafood found on our menus and plenty of deep sleep after days of fresh salty air you’ll find all you need to refresh.