This wonderful riverside trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel from Padstow to Poley's Bridge.
You start by Padstow's lovely harbour near the delightful Prideaux Place with its deer park and gardens. You then follow the trail along the Camel estuary to the market town of Wadebridge which is an ideal place to stop for refreshments. The path continues towards Bodmin before a pleasant wooded section through Dunmere and Colquite Woods takes you to Hellanbridge. The trail finishes shortly after at Poley's Bridge.
This is a nice easy walk that is also open to cyclists and horse riders.
Camel Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Camel Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Camel Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Camel Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
One nice idea is to stop of at the tea rooms at Prideaux Place for some refreshments on the route. Situated in what was once the Old Schoolroom, the tearoom is supplemented in the summer months by the addition of a marquee on the Terrace overlooking the Deer Park. It's a lovely setting to enjoy light lunches, cakes, coffee, tea, ice creams and the internationally renowned Cornish Cream Tea. You can find the house at a postcode of PL28 8RP for your sat navs.
In Padstow there is an excellent Rick Stein cafe where you can pick up delicous fish and chips. You can find it near the harbour and river on Middle Street at postcode PL28 8AP.
Wadebridge is another good stopping point on the route. Here you'll find the delightful Old Tea House. They do a delicious cream tea and have some fine home made cakes as well. You can find them at 6 Polmorla Rd with a postcode of PL27 7ND for your sat navs. For a pub lunch head to the noteworthy Maltsters Arms. The 16th century pub is located in a lovely spot on the village green.
The trail is a nice place for a dog walk. Please keep them on leads though as there will often be plenty of cyclists around. The Old Tea House and The Maltsters Arms pub mentioned above are also dog friendly.