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The name ‘Camel’ actually derives from the Cornish language for 'the crooked one'...which is basically a reference to its winding course.
Almost all of the route is traffic free - only a small part of the trail through Wadebridge is actually on roads and shared with normal traffic and it is suitable for walkers, cyclists and even horse riders.
The trail is also pretty much flat for the whole length and therefore also very suitable
for the disabled. The reason for it being flat is to do with it’s original use being designed as a rail track for distributing sand inland, therefore it needed to be free of sharp turns and steep inclines (the trail was originally commissioned by Sir William Molesworth in 1831).
Due to these attributes, the Camel Trail is a great place to take young children to allow them to become more confident in their cycling abilities!
Part of the Camel Estuary has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Not only is the scenery spectacular, especially on a clear day when the water and sky become azure blue, but the river also provides a habitat for a fantastic array of wildlife. Indeed, the Camel River and its tributaries have been made a Special Area of Conservation, in recognition of their biological diversity...!
There are a number of great places to stop and take in the fresh air as the trail winds around this beautiful part of Cornwall. Starting at the Padstow end of the trail you have the Camel Estuary reaching the magnificent Atlantic ocean, as well as fantastic views out towards Rock located on the other side of the river.
Heading away from Padstow the trail runs right along the Camel River until you reach Wadebridge. From here the trail takes you through a lovely wooded section past Gaff Wood & Bishops Wood - a great place to stop, relax and enjoy the scenery!
Onwards from here will take you to the small village of Boscarne. Again, this is another good place to stop and refuel if needed, although here you are also very close to Dunmere and a public house is also located there.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.