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The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:

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  • Padstow to Wadebridge - 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
  • Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) - 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
  • Bodmin to Wenfordbridge - 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)

Cost: Free

Bike Hire: is available at Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin. (Only licensed providers are permitted to hire bikes for the Trail, please check your hirer is licensed.)

Toilets: are located at Wadebridge alongside the trail and in Padstow town centre.

Main Car parks / Entrances onto the Trail

The Camel Trail leaflet includes a map of the trail and access points to it as well as the Code of Conduct for using the trail.

  • Padstow (SW921 747) - Multiple car parks in the town
  • Old Town Cove (SW932 742) - Follow signs for Old Town Cove from St Issey
  • Wadebridge (SW988 727) - Multiple car parks in the town
  • Dunmere Bodmin (SX046 675) - A free car park is available at the Borough Arms, PL31 2RD. 
  • Scarletts Well Bodmin (SX061 674)
  • Grogley Halt (SX014 685)
  • Shell Woods (SX087 722)
  • Wenfordbridge (SX084 751) - Small car park at the Wenfordbridge end of the trail 

Refreshments are available at: Padstow, The old Quarry (between Padstow and Wadebridge) Wadebridge, Nanstallon and Bodmin.

Bird Hide: There is an accessible bird hide alongside the trail near Wadebridge at SW997 717.

Camel Trail Management

Managed by Cornwall Council and The Camel Trail Partnership, the Camel Trail is carefully maintained to accommodate a number of users each year.  Running through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is run with conservation and the environment as a major consideration.

What to look out for: Otter, Bats, Dormice, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Marsh Orchid, Marsh Marigold.

In 2011 The Friends Of The Camel Trail was formed to help to preserve the trail and promote its wildlife, heritage and history.  These aims are upheld by the Friends who organise a number of well-attended walks, talks and litter picks. For details of future events or if you would like to become a member please visit the Friends of the Camel Trail website.

If you would like to organise a local or charity event on the Camel Trail please have a look at the organising events in Cornwall pages for advice and guidance on what you are required to do and things you need to consider.

Countryside team

0300 1234 202