Walking and Cycling in North Cornwall
The Camel Trail: Wadebridge to Padstow
The Camel Trail is based upon a trackbed formally used for the old Wadebridge to Padstow railway line, and is just shy of 8 miles in length. The track is best adventured during the summer months, as parts of it can turn wet and muddy in the off seasons. If you leave from Wadebridge there is ample parking and if you wish, numerous shops to hire bicycles. The walk takes you along the camel estuary, past the mud flats where you will see an array of bird life, such as herons and cormorants. In parts the estuary is quite wide and less tidal, which brings along a lot of boating activity. When you reach picturesque Padstow, a traditional Cornish harbour, there is a large quantity of gift and craft shops to indulge in. The village is well renowned for food, especially for Rick Steins Fish Restaurant.
The Camel Trail: Bodmin to Wadebridge
Once again, the Camel Trail is based upon a trackbed formally used for the old Wadebridge to Bodmin railway line, and is approximately 8 miles in length. If you wish to cycle and require hire of a bicycle it is best to start in Wadebridge, as here you will find ample businesses to accommodate you. This route is less open than the previous, as it takes you through dense woodlands as you follow the river for about 5 miles. Keep your eyes peeled for a famous Cornish vineyard, about 2 miles into your trek. On reaching Bodmin you will find a buzzing market town that offers plenty of shopping and historic interests.
Trevose Head Trail
For this trail you need to head past Padstow on the B3276 where you will head toward Harlyn Bay and eventually Trevose Head. On reaching Trevose Head you will find ample parking just next to Trevose Lighthouse. The brilliant white Lighthouse, even though unmanned, is occasionally open to public viewing especially during the summer months. From here your trail begins and you may walk in numerous directions. Leading North-East along a coastal footpath, you will come across an abundance of bird life nesting in the cliffs and also an array of wildflowers and vegetation. As you progress you will pass Catís Cove and Merope Rocks, then turning south you will see Mothers Ivey Bay, where the Padstow Lifeboat is situated. If you head West from Trevose Lighthouse, you will pass Constantine Bay and Stinking Cove. Keep and eye out for the blowhole Ė but beware, especially with young children and dogs, as there is no barrier protection.
The Cornishway Cycle Route
The Cornish Way, 180 miles, some off road, stretching from Lands End to Bude on the County Border. Though mostly on road, much of the Cornishway follows country lanes, through some of the most attractive scenery Cornwall has to offer.