The Camel Trail is a virtually level and traffic-free route through the beautiful Cornish countryside. It runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge via Wadebridge and Bodmin, over a distance of 17.5 miles (28.1km). The trail is easily accessible and suitable for cyclists, walkers, horse-riders and wheel-chair users. The Camel Trail is based on a historic railway which was closed in 1984 and runs along the River Camel, explaining the easy-going height profile of the trail.
The Camel Trail is perfect for cycling, also with children, because it is free of traffic and mostly flat. The trail can be broken down in 3 main parts:
The map below shows in more detail how the Camel Trail runs (indicated in dark green):
There are several shops along and around the Camel Trail where you can hire a bike, mostly in Wadebridge (4) and Padstow (2). Most of them have different types of bikes available for hire such as regular bikes, childs bikes, mountain bikes and tandems. You can find a detailed overview in the table below (prices are prices per day):
|Bike hire shop||Hybrid bike||Mountain bike||Road bike||Electric bike||Tandem||Childs bike||Dog trailer|
|Camel Trail Cycle Hire||From £13||From £17||N/A||From £25||From £26||From £8||N/A|
|Bridge Bike Hire||From £13||From £13||N/A||£25||£28||From £8||£8|
|Padstow Cycle Hire||From £17||From £18||N/A||£26||£34||From £6||£8|
|Go By Cycle||From £19||From £15||From £30||From £45||N/A||From £8||N/A|
|Bodmin Bikes & Cycle Hire||From £14||From £13||N/A||N/A||N/A||From £8||N/A|
|Bike Smart||From £14||From £18||N/A||N/A||£30||From £6||N/A|
|Snails Pace Cafe||From £14||N/A||N/A||N/A||£28||From £8||N/A|
|Trail Bike Hire||From £15||From £18||N/A||N/A||£30||From £6||£6|
|Explore By Bike||From £14||From £17||N/A||N/A||N/A||From £11||N/A|
Check the websites of the bike shops for other hire options (e.g. trailers, tag-a-long, child seats, wheelchair tandem, dog trailer, ...). Most bike hire shops will provide you with the required accessories free of charge (helmet, pump, lock, tool kit), but double check this when comparing prices. Evening hire is often available at reduced rates (at request).
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