Leaving the Bike Smart depot in Wadebridge, you turn left onto Eddystone Rd, head down to the roundabout at the end of the road & follow the signs for the Camel Trail.
As you progress, this is an excellent part of the trail to admire the Camel estuary and maybe even spot some of the wildlife it has to offer. Being a tidal mud flat & salt marsh you can usually catch glimpses of wading birds such as Egrets, Herons, Grebes and even the Glossy Ibis.
This part of the trail is very pleasant indeed. There is an air of anticipation as you round each corner looking for the first signs of Padstow to appear. Once you have the famous girder bridge in sight - you’re almost there!
There is a wealth of things to do whilst in Padstow; visit the popular picturesque harbour - maybe take the ferry across to Rock on the other side of the Camel River, or stroll through the town and stop for a pasty and refreshments. Just on from the harbour there is a lovely beach along the estuary (tide permitting), or you can head out towards the coastal headland with stunning views of the dramatic Atlantic Ocean.
If you have the time, why not visit the National Lobster Hatchery as you will be passing it as you enter Padstow. Here they work tirelessly to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve coastal marine biodiversity.