Definitive Guide to the Camel Trail, Cornwall, UK | Cornwall's most popular multi-use trail route
The Camel Trail is 17.3 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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Blisland (Cornish: Blyslann)
Blisland has been named as various different places over the years. The earliest known form is Bleselonde in 1284. Ekwall mentions forms such as Bloiston from documents 1177-1198 and Charles Henderson mentioned the older form as Bliston, thought to mean Heath-Town. In the Domesday Book (1086) the manor is entered as Gluston and so probably it was really Bluston from Anglo-Saxon times to the 12th century, and by 1284 it was then classed as Blisland. (continued below)
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On Blisland Manor Common is the prehistoric stone circle known as the Trippet stones. The Stripple stones are also nearby. The Trippet circle has a diameter of over 30 metres (104.6 feet to be precise).
It is made of 12 granite stones; eight of which are still upright with four others having fallen over the years. Each stones is spaced about 12 feet (3.7 m) apart, the highest stone measures 5.2 feet (1.6 m), although one of the fallen stones is over 2 metres, so its fair to say these stones were probably higher back in the day. Some believe there may have even been as many as 26 menhirs at one point. There are suggestions the name represents folklore belief that the stones were girls punished for tripping lightly on Sabbath.
The Stripple stones are visible around 1 km (0.62 mi) eastwards over boggy ground located on the south slope of Hawk's Tor. This circle was described as "the most interesting and remarkable monument in the county" by William Lukis. You can't help but feel transported back into time in this area, the moorland evokes distant memories of ancestral behaviour.
Good walking can obviously be had in this area too. For short walks on the Camel Trail try Shell Woods and follow the trail down to Colquite Woods. In fact, the going is that easy that can find yourself almost in Dunmere (close to Bodmin) before you know it!