Join the Camel Trail at Grogley Halt, a 3 min cycle from the Lodge. The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to some of the most spectacular Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.
The Trail was originally the final leg of the Atlantic Coast Express journey from Waterloo, winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary, the line was immortalised in ‘Betjeman’s Cornwall’ as “the most beautiful train journey I know”.
The trail falls into three main sections:
|Padstow to Wadebridge||Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne)||Bodmin to Wenfordbridge|
|5.5 Miles (8.8Km)||5.75 Miles (9.25Km)||6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)|
Bike Hire: is available at Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin. (Only licensed providers are permitted to hire bikes for the Trail, please check your hirer is licensed.)
Toilets: are located at Wadebridge alongside the trail and in Padstow town centre.
Main Car parks / Entrances onto the Trail:
- Padstow SW921 747
- Old Town Cove SW932 742
- Wadebridge SW988 727
- Scareltts Well Bodmin SX061 674
- Grogley Halt SX014 685
- Shell Woods SX087 722
- Wenfordbridge SX084 751
Refreshments are available at: Padstow, The old Quarry (between Padstow and Wadebridge) Wadebridge, Nanstallon and Bodmin.
Bird Hide: There is an accessible bird hide alongside the trail near Wadebridge at SW997 717
Site Map: For further information and a map please download The Camel Trail leaflet and map which includes the Code of Conduct for using the Trail.
Cycle Map: You can also purchase a a pocket-sized Cycle Map of Cornwall. It includes the Camel Trail, Clay Trails, Mineral Tramways, covering areas of Bodmin, Newquay, Bude and Penzance. This colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 4 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.
Camel Trail Management
Managed by Cornwall Council and The Camel Trail Partnership, the Camel Trail is carefully maintained and promoted in order to accommodate the 400,000 users each year. Running through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is run with conservation and the environment as a major consideration.
What to look out for: Otter, Bats, Dormice, Kingfisher,Little Egret, Marsh Orchid, Marsh Marigold.
In 2011 The Friends Of The Camel Trail was formed to help to preserve the trail and its environs for all and to promote its wildlife, heritage & history. These aims are upheld by the Friends who organise a number of well-attended walks, talks and litter picks.