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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When cycling the trail its easy to just enjoy the ride and glide through the scenery, but take a little more time and you can spot a variety of bird species and wildlife along The Camel Trail.
This part of Cornwall is already well known to bird watchers and if you're lucky you can expect to see; egrets, cormorants, widgeon, goosander, buzzards and more. There are also many different mammals that frequent the Camel Valley; newts, foxes, rabbits and squirrels too.
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The list below shows the kind of birds that can usually be seen on The Camel Trail, even the Glossy Ibis has been spotted here.
Birds seen on the Camel Trail:
Bar & Black Tailed Godwit, Blackcap, Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzards, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Curlew, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Glossy Ibis, Golden Plover, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Gossander, Great Black Backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenshank, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Grey Plover, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Peregrine Falcon, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Red-breasted Merganser, Red Legged Partridge, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Shelduck, Snipe, Songthrush, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Turnstone, Water Rail, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Wren
No wonder its so popular with bird watchers!
All you need is a good pair of binoculars, a packed lunch and plenty of patience. You may also see rabbits, foxes, butterflies, newts, maybe even the odd seal too, depending on where you are on the trail. With all this wildlife on the trail, its certainly an important habitat for a wide range of species, so its essential that you follow the code of conduct so that we can all enjoy it for many years to come.