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Your route today follows the Camel Cycle, a cycle route that initially takes you alongside the Camel Estuary, abundant with wildlife.
easy
20.4 km
1:25 h
131 m
52 m

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. 

Author’s recommendation

Famous the world over, Cornish pasties have protected geographical indication status, meaning only pasties that are made in Cornwall by the traditional method can carry the name “Cornish Pasty”. The Chough Bakery in Padstow has been a World Champion in recent years, so where better to enjoy the crumbly yet crispy, beef and potato delight!
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Craig Dickson
Updated: November 12, 2020
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Highest point
86 m
Lowest point
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Rest Stop

Wadebridge railway station
The Old Tea House

Safety information

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. 

  

Maps

You may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

 

Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our Cornwall insights:

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/adventure-of-the-week-classic-cornwall-cycling/   

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/five-top-things-to-do-in-cornwall/  

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/a-guide-to-exploring-poldarks-cornwall/  

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/cornwall-a-land-of-sea-and-sky/  

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/diary-of-my-active-week-in-cornwall/  

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/top-5-cornwall-highlights/   

Tips, hints and links

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

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!

 

Start

Padstow (4 m)
Coordinates:
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50.541153, -4.938010
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50°32'28.2"N 4°56'16.8"W
UTM
30U 362678 5600594
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Destination

Bodmin

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your cycle from Padstow to Bodmin. We strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

0.00km - With back to Harbour Office go LEFT through two car parks with estuary on left and past Stein Fisheries and 2 cycle hire shops to find the start of the Camel Trail. Now follow this clear cycle path all the way to the outskirts of Wadebridge by Lidl supermarkets.

9.00km - STRAIGHT AHEAD and in 250m ahead again, in 200m LEFT and follow road round passing John Betjeman Centre (which is the old station). At the end of this road continue along Camel Trail (all well signed). Reach café.

16.60km - STRAIGHT AHEAD, trail crosses two roads and passes Boscarne Junction, one end of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Enter park on outskirts of Bodmin to reach road.

19.40km - RIGHT along and follow NCR3 to church and town centre.

20.80km - Finish at the church.

 

 *** This is the end of our Padstow to Bodmin route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. ***

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
50.541153, -4.938010
DMS
50°32'28.2"N 4°56'16.8"W
UTM
30U 362678 5600594
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Equipment

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.

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Difficulty
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Distance
20.4 km
Duration
1:25h
Ascent
131 m
Descent
52 m
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