Cornwall, England

The Camel Trail Multi-Use Path

Tony Atkin

The Camel Trail offers one of the best options in north Cornwall for a long, easy, off-road run. The multi-use trail runs along a former rail line for ~17 miles from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. There’s a wonderful combination of scenery in the different sections. The path is mainly flat and mostly paved.

Padstow to Wadebridge. Miles 0-5.7  The most central starting spot is in Padstow, at the Harbour. Run on the Quay for 0.5 miles, then join a very scenic section along along the Camel Estuary for 5.7 miles to Wadebridge.

Wadebridge to Bodmin. Miles 6-11. Mainly wooded section.

Wadrebridge to Keybridge: Miles 11-17. Continue north along the River Camel, to Hellanbridge (Mile 14.2) and several nice bridges, ending at Keybridge (Mile 17.1, trailhead). Note the last 4 miles headed north are a gentle climb.

Optional Spur to Blisland. At Tresarrett, a scenic 1.5 mile spur section, as the trail winds its way inland to the edge of Bodmin Moor where it comes to an end below Blisland, a pretty moorland village with an award winning pub(!).

Essentials
  • Up to 17.1 miles (27.6 km) one-way
  • Generally flat, though miles 13-17 are a gradual climb
  • Padstow Harbour
  • Numerous access points and trailheads

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Essentials
  • Up to 17.1 miles (27.6 km) one-way
  • Generally flat, though miles 13-17 are a gradual climb
  • Padstow Harbour
  • Numerous access points and trailheads