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Camel Trail

29 km / 18 miles

A multi-user trail based on two sections of disused railway line from Padstow via Wadebridge and Boscarne Junction to Bodmin (11 miles), and from Boscarne Junction to Poley's Bridge on the edge of Bodmin Moor (7 miles). The Padstow to Wadebridge section is along the Camel estuary, the rest through densely wooded landscapes.

A further system of Mineral Tramways routes in several linking multi-user trails are being developed across Cornwall to add to the Camel Trail as 'The Cornish Way' by the Countryside Service in partnership with Sustrans, in all some 180 miles. One such is the 11 mile Coast-to-Coast Trail (Cornwall Mineral Tramways) between the historic mining harbours of Portreath in the north and Devoran in the south, both used in the transportation of Cornish copper ore and Welsh coal and Scandinavian timber. Mostly off-road, it passes through ancient woodland, heathland and the historic mining sites with remains of the Trevithick engine houses that provided motive power for the mines. The geology of the Redruth-Camborne area then made it the world's largest producer of tin and copper. The Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site marks the significant mining sites in this and nearby areas.

Maps and route descriptions are available from the websites below.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Named signs
Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Coast-to-Coast; World Heritage Site
SW920752 - Padstow, Cornwall
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SX085751 - Poley's Bridge, Cornwall
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Camel Trail (Cornwall Council - 2012)
External PDF
Camel Trail (Explore Cornwall)
Cornish Way (Cornwall Council - 2012)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Lowarth Glamping  (bookable online)
1 Km
6 Km

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Route Profile:

28.5 Km (17.7 miles)
467 m (1,532 ft) ascent
77 m (253 ft)  maximum height