Cycling the Camel Trail




The variety of coastal, moorland and valley trails in North Cornwall is ideal for two-wheeled touring. The most famous route is the Camel Trail, running 17 car-free miles from Bodmin through Wadebridge to Padstow along the beautiful Camel Valley.


A handy pack of Six Cycle Routes in the Bude and Holsworthy Area, makes the perfect saddle companion. Averaging 20 miles in length, the routes take you through North Cornwall and North Devon way-marked by Celtic crosses, quiet hamlets, medieval churches and country pubs.


Hiring bikes couldn't be easier: the cycling centres listed below will fix you up with anything from trailer bikes to tandems.


For those who like it rough, Cardinham Woods offers miles of off-road tracks and trails, while if you're a cyclist who wants to go one cog further, the West Country Way will give you something to get your teeth into.


Developed by Sustrans, the route takes you from Bristol or Bath, through North Devon, across the cliffs at Millook, through Blisland and down the Camel Trail to Padstow.



Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge (Camel Trail) (01208)813050
Brinhams Cycle and Tool Hire, Padstow (Camel Trail) (01841)532594
Giffords Cycles, Holoworthy (01409)254020
North Coast Cycles, Bude (01288)352974
Padstow Cycle Hire (Camel Trail) (01841)533533
Rent-a-Bike, Tintagel (01840)770060
Sustrans (0117) 929 0888