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The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is arguably the most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK, providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.

Site Description:


The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.

The trail falls into three main sections:

Padstow to WadebridgeWadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne)Bodmin to Wenfordbridge

5.5 Miles (8.8Km)

5.75 Miles (9.25Km)

6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)

Opening Times: Every Day

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:

  • Padstow SW921 747
  • Old Town Cove SW932 742
  • Wadebridge SW988 727
  • Dunmere Bodmin SX046 675
  • Scareltts Well Bodmin SX061 674
  • Grogley Halt SX014 685
  • Shell Woods SX087 722
  • Wenfordbridge SX084 751

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

Site Map: For further information and a map please download The Camel Trail leaflet and map which includes the Code of Conduct for using the Trail. 

Camel Trail Management

Managed by Cornwall Council and The Camel Trail Partnership, the Camel Trail is carefully maintained and promoted in order to accommodate the 400,000 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 its environs for all and to promote its wildlife, heritage & 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 follow this link for information on the process and details Cornwall Council require.

Countryside team

0300 1234 202