The Camel Trail in Cornwall is a 17 mile mile cycle and walking route, that follows the track of the old railway line. It has been specially adapted for modern tourist use, it is traffic free, and you can cycle (bring your own, or hire) or walk its entire length. Because it was designed for steam engines, there are no steep inclines. Bike hire is easily arranged in Wadebridge with three shops. The Trail is popular for bird watchers, and has a purpose built hide half way between Wadebridge and Padstow.
History of the Railway
The Padstow to Wadebridge railway line opened in 1899 and ran via via Okehampton and Launceston to London Waterloo. However the line from Wadebridge to Poley's Bridge is one of the oldest in the world. It was the third railway line to be built anywhere in the world after the Darlington and Stockton and Manchester to Liverpool lines. It opened in 1834 to bring lime sea sand from the Camel Estuary to inland farms.
The Bodmin to Wadebridge line operated until 1967, and the line bewtween Bodmin and Poley's Bridge, which was used only for freight, was closed in 1984.
The Camel Trail
Padstow to Wadebridge
Wadebridge to Pooley's Bridge.
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North Cornwall District Council site on the Camel Trail
Two of the larger hire centres in Wadebridge are Bridge Cycle Hire (01208 814545) and Bridge Bike Hire (01208 813050), both on Eddystone Road.
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