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Cycling The Camel Trail, Bodmin to Padstow

This 15 mile route from the moors to the coast is breathtaking as you navigate the flat clay trail, once a branch railway line up until the 1980’s. You can’t fail but notice the railway line theme throughout the various segments along the trail with the first part of the journey taking you through luscious woodland before you arrive in Wadebridge for a well earned break and wander around the shops.

Wadebridge is a popular cycling town and busy tourist destination with so many independent shops and restaurants to discover. If you are feeling up to the challenge, its time to head North West along the 6 mile stretch to the popular fishing town of Padstow where some of the most renowned British Chef’s call home. Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop is almost impossible to avoid as you disembark the trail and head into town.

Although the trail is reasonably flat, the return route back to Bodmin has a slight gradient so its important to make sure you get well fuelled with food and drink if you are going to attempt the journey back! If the legs are getting tired during the journey back, you could take a refreshment stop at the Camel Trail Tea Garden where a proper Cornish Cream Tea may just help to get you back to Bodmin and across the finishing line!

If you are interested in more of our favourite places to cycle in Cornwall take a look at or article cycling in Pentewan Valley.

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