Camel Valley – Padstow – Wadebridge

Wadebridge provides an easy start point for a trip arond the Camel estuary. (The estuary just outside Wadebridge looking towards Padstow) Plenty of parking, cycle hire and the usual range of hostelries and restaurants to be found in a small Cornish town. The Camel cycle trail passes through the centre of Wadebridge on the way to BodminBridge Bike Hire as you leave Wadebridge The Camel Valley cycle trail on the bed of the old railway provides an easy ride to Padstow. Cutting and bridge going towards PadstowThe trail half way to Padstow – looking back towards WadebridgeThe railbridge from Padstow.

Padstow can be quite busy in the peak summer period, but still worth exploring. Prideaux Place on the edge of town and the Lobster hatchery are two good attractions, plus seeing what Rick Stein has to offer. The entrance to the Padstow estuary from the ferryThe estuary from Padstow looking towards Wadebridge with the tide outThe entrance to the estuary from the Padstow shore at tide outPadstow inner harbour and the tourist information centreRacing gigs in the outer harbour. The ferry across to Rock can be quite busy late afternoon during the summer peak period, just queue and they will take you. You will have to pay for your bikes. The waterfront at Rock taken from the ferryThe waterfront and moorings at RockThe Padstow ferry leaving Rock beach.

Leaving Rock the turning for Chapel Amble is just up the hill on the right. The route back to Wadebridge is hilly but nothing too strenuous. Gentle JaneThe estuary between Rock and Chapel AmbleTrevelvere half way to DinhamThe estuary between Rock and Chapel AmbleThe estuary between Rock and Chapel AmbleDinham. There is a short stretch of the route along the Rock – Wadebridge road. At Dinham you turn right on to the B3314 down a steepish hill and at the bottom turn first left and you are back on to a country lane. The Malters Arms at Chapel Amble provides a great stopping point. The Malters Arms and the village green with the Post Office Half a pint of Sharps is worth a try (Sharps are based at Rock) prior to a steady climb to the highest point in the circuit which is just the other side of the the Wadebridge – Camelfordroad.

You are rewarded for your efforts with views down the Camel estuary. The final leg to Wadebridge is mostly down hill. At Egloshayle you can pop in to The Earl of St Vincent, an attractive pub full of clocks! The Earl of St Vincent in full bloom The final lap of the journey takes you past Wadebridge rugby ground, the cricket ground and the foot bridge that was built as part of a ” Challenge Anneka ” (Rice) programme. Wadebridge bridge – the plaque telling its historyWadebridge bridge – looking upstream to the bridgeThe road bridge and the old bridge at duskWadebridge High Street at dusk.