Informative Guide & Map of the Camel Trail, Cornwall, UK | Cornwall's most popular multi-use trail
The Camel Trail is 17 miles long..
It is a resurfaced railway line..
The entire length is flat & therefore suitable for the disabled..
It's original use was to transport sand inland..
Only a small part of the trail is on roads and shared with normal traffic..
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The Camel Trail in Cornwall runs for a little over 17 miles (approx. 28km). It is Cornwall's most popular multi-use trail, used by around half a million people every year. It runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge (Poley's Bridge) via Wadebridge & Bodmin (see below).
The trail is managed through a Partnership involving Cornwall Council and the Town and Parish Councils through whose area the Trail passes.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway part of the trail was originally commissioned back in 1831 by Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow (near Bodmin).
Originally built simply to transport sand inland to farms for fertiliser, the railway was also used to transport valuable commodities like slate & china clay from Cornish quarries inland, on to ships moored up in Padstow. It was also used to take fresh fish that was landed in Padstow in the opposite direction too, inland to London and other major cities in the south of the UK.
The Camel Trail is just one of Cornwall's ever popular visitor attractions, and is used by many locals as well as holidaymakers, walkers and cyclists. With world class attractions like the Eden Project and The Minack Theatre, its no wonder that Cornwall is the UK's No.1 holiday destination....and its easy to see why. (continue reading)
More info on: what the trail was used for, woodland sections of the trail, holiday cottages close to the trail, where to park, an interactive map, wildlife you may encounter on the trail, and pubs along the trail.
Or why not try our quick Camel Trail Quiz?