Snaking its way from Wadebridge to Padstow, the Camel Trail runs alongside the beautiful Camel Estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along a disused railway line.
Flat and easy to follow, it runs for approximately 18 miles and is largely traffic-free, making it great for families. It’s very easy to get to from Trevear Estate, and makes for a great day out when you want a bit of exercise. You can hire bikes from www.cameltrailcyclehire.co.uk if you don’t want to bring your own with you, or simply walking it is beautiful too.
The scenery is stunning, but depending on whether the tide is in or out you’ll see different things. If the tide is out, the empty salt marsh is bleakly beautiful with great stretches of mud, sandbanks and reed beds are exposed, making it a haven for birds, specifically waders. When the tide is in, the waters glitter in the sunshine and birds bob happily on the water – it’s an idyllic scene.
Of course you can stop at any time on the trail, but you might want more than a breather. We suggest stopping off at The Camel Trail Tea Garden for a cream tea (well, when in Rome….) which lies between Bodmin and Wadebridge – perfect!