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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Bodmin Moor (Cornish: Goon Brenn)
Originally known as Fowey Moor, this is home to the highest point in Cornwall. Due to its granite pluton, the Moor is quite waterlogged and the source of several of Cornwall's main rivers. Most of the moor has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
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This where the River Camel begins its journey. It rises on Hendraburnick Down and flows for about 25 miles (40 km) before finally joining the Atlantic Ocean at Padstow.
Although just 25 miles long, the river and its tributary (the De Lank River), are hugely important habitats for otter and both have also been proposed as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). The De Lank River rises near Roughtor (Cornwall's 2nd highest point after Brown Willy) and ends up joining the Camel south of Wenford.
Roughtor, although ranked the 2nd highest point in the county, is another very popular location in north Cornwall for walkers & horseriders. It's easily accessible from the town of Camelford, and on a good day can offer views of both the north & south coasts of Cornwall from one point!
About one mile from Roughtor is Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall at 420 metres above sea level) - which is said to mean 'Hill of Swallows'. There are two man-made cairns on the summit that sits alongside a rather out of place looking Ordnance Survey triangulation station. These 'trigs' as they are known are basically fixed surveying points, which are used in surveying other locations in the vicinity.
The Cairn at the summit has never been excavated and Cornish folklore suggests that an ancient Cornish king may lie entombed underneath.
Could this actually be the resting place of the legendary King Arthur...?!