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The Padstow area is great for cycling, dominated as it is by the wonderful Camel Trail.

The Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Wadebridge, and then on to Bodmin. It runs alongside the estuary and river Camel, following the path of the old railway. So, it’s largely flat and makes great cycling for families.

Many do a trip from Padstow to Wadebridge – take a break and enjoy something to eat in one of the many bars, restaurants and coffee shops in the town, and then cycle back to Padstow again. Those with tired legs either way can stop en-route at the Atlantic Coast Express for coffee, cake and light lunches in the summer months. Good fun. Travelling on to Bodmin is also a good trip – particularly as the Camel Valley vineyard can be found half-way along this route. Ideal for lunch, and a quick tour of this award winning vineyard.

If you would like to go cycling locally why not try  Go by Cycle who will deliver bikes to your door.


The bike rental shops below rent all you need – including trailer bikes and buggies to tow behind.

Destination Cornwall has some good information on the Camel Trail – with plenty of pictures and descriptions of different sections.

Chycor has a good review of the trail as well as other routes that use parts of the Camel trail.

Bikes can be hired at different locations on the trail:

Padstow Cycle Hire – right by the Lobster Hatchery, Rick Stein’s fish and chips and the car park at South Quay.

Trail Bike Hire – near the car park again, but 50 yards down the Camel Trail itself.

Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge

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