Is there any greater joy in life than a serene cycle ride, river-side, with tasty treat stops along the way? The Camel Trail was originally the railway line that connected Bodmin and Padstow and stretches over 17 miles alongside the Camel Estuary.
The trail passes through the quaint Cornish town of Wadebridge where you can refuel with a pasty stop or browse the independent shops. The stretch to Padstow is home to the brand new and raved about Atlantic Coast Express food truck – serving coffees and delicious treats. Tempted to hop on your bike and explore the Camel Trail? Read on to find out our top 5 reasons why it’s a must-do on your Cornish holiday bucket list.
1. The Scenery
The Camel Estuary is a haven for all kinds of wildlife, from birds to butterflies. The habitat that they call home is a meandering river set amongst rolling hills dotted with farms and waterside homes. The trail follows the estuary all the way to the sea and passes through shady glens filtering dappled sunlight onto the path and long, straight stretches in the sunshine. There are plenty of rest spots along the way that are perfect for soaking up the scenery and tucking into your picnic!
2. The Foodie Aspect!
Pasties, pints, sparkling wines and cream teas – all of these locally produced treats and more are available along the trail. The route from Bodmin to Padstow passes by Camel Valley Vineyard and Wadebridge, with lots of little treat trucks on route! Tuck into our world famous cream teas, sample the local wines, have a classic Cornish pasty for lunch and reward yourself with an ice cream in the bustling, colourful harbour town of Padstow.
3. The Accessibility
As it used to be a railway, the Camel Trail is almost entirely flat. This makes for easy cycling, whatever your age, and is perfect for an ambling dog walk as you watch the water turn pink during the sunset. There are numerous bike hire shops at either end of the trail and in Wadebridge, so don’t worry about bringing your own bike. You can even rent trikes, tandems and little carts to take your furry friends along for the ride!
4. Open year round – whatever the weather!
The Camel Trail never closes! You can cycle the path any time of day or night, any time of the year, whatever the weather! Many people use it as their morning commute from town to town, and you can even cycle it at night if you’re brave and have a head torch. Stuck for a rainy day activity? Just don your waterproofs and grab your bike, there’s plenty of cosy pubs at either end to take refuge in!
5. It’s free! (With your own bike)
Cycling here is, and always will be, free. It’s a great activity for the whole family that won’t break the bank. The Camel Trail is a great place to keep everyone entertained, from the littlest to the oldest, and doesn’t cost a penny. But if you don’t have your own bike there are plenty available to hire at each starting point of the trail.
Well, what are you waiting for? On your bike!!