Easy riding (or walking) along the Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is an 18-mile stretch of bridleway, reaching from Padstow on the north coast to Wenford Bridge on the edge of Bodmin Moor, passing through some outstanding locations.
Most people set out from either Padstow, if the whole 18 miles is to be achieved (not forgetting it's a long way back), or more often from Wadebridge, where bike hire and parking are convenient. The trail is well used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and the views are varied, from the sandy extensive vista of the Camel Estuary to the woodlands of the Forestry Commission land. Much of the trail was once a railway, with lovely emotive names like Grogley Halt and Poley's Bridge, where once the trains stopped.
The trail from Wadebridge to Padstow is a 5.5-mile level ride, which should take a leisurely 1-1.5 hours, giving time to enjoy the river views along the Camel Estuary. There are regular pit stops en-route, with benches and picnic tables to ease wearied limbs. Why not pop into Rick Stein's famous fish and chip restaurant to fortify yourselves for the return journey?
If a long walk or ride isn't for you, a good starting point is just behind the Borough Arms on the outskirts of Bodmin, or Wenford Bridge where the Snail's Pace Café (good food, welcomes children and dogs and offers bike and buggy hire, but beware - composting toilet!) are good places to start. All of the trail is reasonably level and suitable for the less-able. There are several picnic tables and places near the river to relax.