Road bike ride Padstow Cornwall

Altitude Profile (3 ft to 285 ft)

Altitude range

282 ft

Total climb

869 ft

Total descent

597 ft

GPSies-Index 3.52 ClimbByBike-Index 28.93 Fiets-Index 0.03

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17.43 miles
220 time(s)
45 time(s)


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one-way trip

17.43 miles

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One of the most successful multi-use trails in the UK, the 17 mile long Camel trail attracts thousands of cyclists from a far, providing access to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful and little known countryside. It links to the National Cycle Network’s St Piran, Coast and Clay, and North Cornwall trails.
Following the track of a disused railways line which links Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow the trail takes in breathtaking views across the Camel Estuary, which forms part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Leaving Padstow in the west with its sandy beaches, coastal walks, a warren of narrow streets and alleys and of course the famous Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips, the trail continues east along the Camel Estuary. The Camel River and its tributaries have been made a Special Area of Conservation, in recognition of their vast biodiversity.
Signposts and way-markers along the route denote areas of interest and forthcoming distances to various destinations.
The first town you arrive at is Wadebridge, where the trail enters urban roads and includes some road crossings where extra care needs to be taken.
Past Wadebridge, the trail returns to an off-road track, still continuing alongside the Camel River. The trail eventually passes the Camel Valley Vinyard, which offers an interesting stop-off for cyclists, where wine-tours and tasting sessions are hosted.
Nearby follows the only café directly on the trail, which offers some very welcome cream teas set within a beautiful shaded orchard.
Further east, the trail eventually veers off into the town of Bodmin or continues northward. Bodmin offers an array of amenities and is the gateway to the National Cycle Network’s Number 3 Coast and Clay trail, which stretches across country to the south coast.
Carrying on along the Camel trail the scenery changes to thick woodland. Resting places are provided at the former railway holts, where good seating areas have been included. This can be said particularly for Poley’s Bridge, where a pleasant picnic area has been created including some interesting and illustrated information about the local wildlife.
At the far eastern end the trail concludes at Wenfordbridge, where a picnic area as well as a car park has been provided.
Being on an old railway track the Trail is virtually level all the way. The surface is mainly smooth and so ideal for wheelchair users, pram and buggy pushers and people who have difficulty in walking on uneven surfaces. The Trail provides safe and easy access to un-spoilt countryside for those people unable to use woodland and coastal paths.

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Starting Coordinates

N 50°32.269' W 4°56.087'
N 50°32'16.148" W 4°56'05.233"
N +50.5378190 E -4.93478700

Ending Coordinates

N 50°32.676' W 4°42.211'
N 50°32'40.590" W 4°42'12.678"
N +50.5446084 E -4.70352172

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