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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There are various points along The Camel Trail where you can park up & join the trail. Dunmere, on the A389 on the outskirts of Bodmin, is an excellent location to start. Parking is available (turn in by the Borough Arms public house).
You have two choices of route from here; you can either head towards Wadebridge & Padstow via Boscarne Junction, or follow the River Camel back through woodland to Colquite & Shell Woods towards Blisland.
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From the car park you will see a typically Cornish granite block, displaying a map of the entire trail from Poley's Bridge to Padstow.
Heading in a westerly direction from Dunmere will take you Boscarne Junction and then on to Wadebridge and Padstow. This part of the trail skirts alongside farmland for around 5.5 miles before reaching the delightful Cornish market town of Wadebridge. You may well spot wildlife such as cormorants & egrets on this part of the trail.
Heading the other way from Dunmere towards Blisland takes you along a lovely wooded section of The Camel Trail. This is an excellent area to look out for more interesting wildlife such as kingfishers, birds, butterflies etc.
Colquite Woods is about 2.75 miles from Dunmere and makes for a nice relaxing walk or cycle. If you're feeling fit you can follow the trail all the way back to the beginning at Poleys Bridge, which is roughly 6 miles from Dunmere. As almost all of The Camel Trail is flat these distances are easily achievable for cyclists and competent walkers.
If you're on the trail specifically looking for wildlife, the best time is usually dusk or dawn. At these times of day the trail is normally quieter, which means you should have a good chance of spotting some of the mammals & other wildlife that frequent the trail.
Click here to see our large interactive map of The Camel Trail which points out all the locations outlined above.