Walking The Camel Trail; Wenfordbridge
As beautiful as the Cornish coastline may be, sometimes all I need in my day is a bit of a stroll, some fallen leaves and the rolling countryside. One of North Cornwalls finest walking trails is the Camel Trail, it’s a cycle trail which runs along two old train lines and starts at Wenfordbridge and ends up in Padstow. The most popular part of the trail is Wadebridge to Padstow however this time I went right back to the beginning and explored Wenfordbridge. Wenfordbridge is a small hamlet, around 6 miles from Bodmin.
The main inspiration for this walk was my desire to try out the delightful little eco cafe that is Snails Pace. This cafe is based right at the beginning of the trail, offers free parking and ample outside seating amongst the nature. We arrived around eleven so tucked right in to a fried breakfast and pot of tea to get us geared up for the stroll.
We didn’t head out with the plan to walk a specific length of the trail so we just casually wandered along until we mutual decided to turn back. The trail is along an old train track and is pretty well cleared for an easy stroll but look out for puddles and mud when the weather has been wet, wellies aren’t essential but good footwear is recommended! The stroll is completely flat and is do-able for any ability.
Along this path, you follow the most delightful river, The River Camel, and stroll across several bridges. Does standing looking over a bridge and watching the water flow by ever get boring? I think not. For us, Autumn was just settling in and we got to appreciate the first fall of leaves and the colours turning.
Kids, Grandparents, dogs, this trail really is for everyone! Bring a picnic and pitch up somewhere along the way on the many benches and view points. The route is also pretty sheltered so it’s something to do in most weathers – just pack a rain jacket and your boots and get strolling!
The Camel Trail is most commonly cycled due it being flat, if you start your journey also at Snails Pace, they do offer cycle hire if you don’t have your own! The entire trail is 18 miles long, which includes mainly beautiful woodland and a path along the water towards Padstow but you will also head through Wadebridge town and part of Bodmin. You can split it into sections, Wenfordbridge to Bodmin is 6.2 miles, Bodmin to Wadebridge at 5.7 miles and finally Wadebridge to Padstow, 5.5 miles.