The Camel Trail - Bodmin to Wadebridge
The Camel Trail was built about 25 years ago on the bed of the old Bodmin-Wadebridge railway line and is about 7 miles long and level nearly all the way. The trail is principally used by cyclists, as the ground is mostly level and easily traversed by the inexperienced. The trail is best tackled during the summer months as some parts of the track can turn muddy.
To get to the start follow the Wadebridge road from Bodmin and proceed down the hill just after the mini roundabouts. You'll see a machine tools shop on the right and just after that look out for The Borough Arms and turn into the free car park on the left. For about 5 miles it makes it's way through woodland following the Camel River. You will pass the Cornish Vineyard after about 2 miles which is well worth a stopover. As the Camel River widens out you emerge from the woodland into the outskirts of Wadebridge at Egloshayle.
If you are cycling it shouldn't take you longer than an hour or so at a steady pace. If you don't own a cycle yourself you should start at the Wadebridge end and hire a bike from Bridge Cycle Hire which will cost from £10.00 for the day. Starting at Wadebridge also has the advantage of allowing you to try the second part of The Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow.
This walk has been personally walked by me but the directions given should be considered as a guide only and not as a definitive route plan. You are responsible for your own safety and I therefore recommend you take with you a suitable map (Ordinance Survey Map 107 from the Explorer series covers this walk) together with sufficient refreshments, water and adequate clothing.
Challenge Bridge in Wadebridge
View from The Camel Trail across to Egloshayle