The Camel Trail is a 17 mile cycle trail that starts on Bodmin Moor at Wenford Bridge and ends at the sea in Padstow. It makes a great day out and bikes are available to hire at different points along the way so you can choose how far you want to go.
Following the route of a disused railway line the path is almost completely flat making it suitable for both keen cyclists and complete beginners. I think it’s a great place to start if its been a while since you last rode a bike. Cycling the Camel Trail is also a brilliant way to see a part of Cornwall you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to and since it travels from the moor to the coast there is lots to see.
Those of you wishing to take the long route about 30 miles in total can start on Bodmin Moor at Wenford Bridge where you will find a lovely cafe, Snails Pace for a coffee and cake before to head off. You can also hire bikes here although I would suggest giving any of the hire places a ring before you turn up, just to check they have bikes available.
The next place to join the trail is at Bodmin it starts near Bodmin Jail and there is bike hire on the main road called Bodmin Bikes from here you will pass the steam railway and the Camel Valley Vineyard, and cycle through the woods to Wadebridge.
At Wadebridge there are lots of places to choose from when hiring a bike but our favourite is Bike Smart. They have been really friendly and helpful every time we have taken friends and family in to hire bikes. The scenery from here is beautiful so if you only have time to cycle one section this is a good one. Padstow is about six miles but if you get hungry along the way I spied Treats on Trikes selling refreshments and of course cakes!
There are loads of places to stop for a picnic or just to enjoy the view and take a break. Then when you reach Padstow you can lock up your bike in the bike park and go for a wander. It is worth a visit to Padstow even if you drive with lots of tasty cafes, restaurants and bars not least Rick Steins Fish and Chips! There are lots of little shops and galleries arranged around the harbour and in the pretty side streets expect your panniers and bike baskets to be full for your return journey!
Make sure you leave enough time to get back to the car and have fun!