"The Camel Trail" Cornwall Things to Do Tip by sunshinejo

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  The Camel Estuary
by sunshinejo

This is one of my favourite days out in Cornwall. The Camel Trail is an old railway line, running from Bodmin to Padstow. It's now used as a bike trail, which most people start in Wadebridge, where they can park their cars and rent bikes (I think it costs about GBP8 per bike for the day). From Wadebridge it's about a 4 mile ride along the estuary to Padstow, which is a very picturesque fishing village by the sea. Here, you can chain your bike up and spend time browsing the shops, get some lunch - I recommend trying a Cornish Pasty or some Fish and Chips - which you can eat overlooking the harbour. There are a couple of beaches if you want to relax for a bit, or better still, find a pub with a beer garden for a pint before heading back to Wadebridge. Because it used to be a railway line, the Camel Trail is flat all the way and therefore really easy - suitable for all fitnesses. If you're interested in birdwatching, then the estuary is full of wildlife, and there are numerous points to stop and dig out the binoculars, and even a couple of hides. Be warned, it can get very busy during the summer months, especially on weekends, so it's best to get there early.

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  • Written Jun 16, 2005
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