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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^^ click the image for a Cornwall Cycling Map
If you're lucky, and you're timing is right, you may well come across the steam locomotive of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway pulling into Boscarne Junction along the Camel Trail. It's always a pleasing encounter to hear the train approach and watch it arrive, seeing the drivers swap the engine from back to front.....give a little whistle and off they go again!
The train journey itself is about 3 miles long from one end to the other, and as many of you avid spotters may alreday know: this is among one of just a few heritage railways within the UK that include a junction terminus!
Bodmin General is the point at which all trains reverse and from here passengers may travel to Boscarne Junction for the Camel Trail,
Bodmin Parkway is the connection for the main line rail connections for Cornwall, or you can alight here and take a walk to nearby Lanhydrock House, another popular visitor attraction in mid Cornwall. The walk is about 1.75 miles long, (allow 30 mins) which takes you through pleasant Cornish countryside (and along the River Fowey for some part too).
Or you can of course remain on the train for a complete round robin trip of the entire journey. Note: the last departure of each day goes to Bodmin Parkway and return only.
If you do like the sound of an evocative encounter with a steam train peeping away whilst you enjoy the Camel Trail, check the current Bodmin & Wenford train timetable. Or if you'd rather see the Camel Trail from the perspective of sitting on the train, click here.
Incidentally, bicycles (& dogs!) travel free of charge on the train (as long as there is adequate space - it can get busy), so essentially you could cycle from Wadebridge to Boscarne Junction and allow the train to take you the final few miles into Bodmin - Proper Job! There's also plenty more to see and do in the Bodmin area including visitor attractions suitable for both adults and children.
Remember, if you are cycling or walking the trail, you can only see the train from the Bodmin end, essentially between Bodmin & Boscarne Junction!
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