This official national trail was built on a disused railway track, originally the Atlantic Express Rail Route from London to the West Country. Upon reaching Wadebridge the trail then goes through the woodland countryside of the Camel Valley and into Bodmin, where you will spend your final night.
If you are doing this as part of the Cornwall Short Break, you can cycle as far along as you wish before returning to Padstow.
Rest StopWadebridge railway station
The Old Tea House
There are several stretches where you must cycle on the road. Cycle on the left side with the traffic keeping into the side as safely as possible. When leaving Padstow the roads can be busy. Please be careful if stepping out or taking photos when close to the road.
You may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
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Points of Interest
Wadebridge railway station
Wadebridge railway station was on the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway. It opened in 1834 to transport goods between the market town of Wadebridge, the limit of navigation on the River Camel, and inland farming and mining areas. Now it is a free exhibition in the old railway station, refreshments also available.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is a heritage railway, based at Bodmin in Cornwall, England. It has an interchange with the national rail network at Bodmin Parkway railway station, the southern terminus of the line.
More information available here: https://bodminrailway.co.uk/
Military Museum in Bodmin
Discover the finest Military Museum in the South West of England at “The Keep” in Bodmin, Cornwall. Home of the DCLI & National Light Infantry Collection. Local military history is depicted through 12,000 artifacts including weapons & battlefield letters.
More information available here: https://bodminkeep.org/
Bodmin Jail is an historic former prison situated in Bodmin. Built in 1779 and closed in 1927, the large range of buildings is now largely in ruins, although parts of the prison have been turned into a tourist attraction.
More information available here: https://www.bodminjail.org/
Food and Drink
Today you have lots of options. There are lots of choice in Padstow, Wadebridge & Bodmin, plus Café and a pub on Camel cyclepath. As this is a shorter day it might be a good idea to have a longer lunch!
Such is the way of British cycling, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; standard cycling gear such as good boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
If you have hired a bike through us, all rentals include a helmet (though we always recommend using your own for safety and hygiene reasons). If you have your own bike always remember to pack a helmet.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.