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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More information on Wadebridge
Wadebridge lies approximately 5 miles upstream from Padstow, making it a delightful cycle ride or walk on a glorious Cornish summers day.
Once you've made it to Wadebridge, depending on the weather of course, you may be in need of refreshments and you will find a number of cafes to choose from. Just head into the town from the trail and bear in mind most of the action only happens on one side of the river.
Incidentally, Wadebridge was once known simply as Wade. It was feared as quite a tricky crossing point over the River Camel until a bridge was first constructed here in the 15th century. The early crossing had a chapel at either side of the river, where people would go to pray for a safe journey across. Thankfully, these days we can simply drive across it to head towards the north western part of Cornwall.
Here you may want to visit the John Betjemen Memorabilia room, displaying many personal items of his.
The bridge was a strategic position in the English Civil War as in 1646 Oliver Cromwell came with 500 Dragoons and 1,000 horsemen to take the bridge.
When the bridge was first completed tolls were charged for its maintenance.
In 1853 it was widened from 3 to 5 metres (9.8 to 16.4 ft). A second widening took place in 1952 and then in 1963 it was again widened taking it to 12 metres (39 ft).
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