Camel Trail - Stile-Free

Camel Trail - Stile-Free

A relaxed walking holiday following the River Camel from Wenfordbridge to Padstow through beautiful Cornish countryside.

3 to 4 nights
18 miles
Easy to Moderate

From £335 per person

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About this route

The Camel Trail is a scenic walk that tells the story of North Cornwall’s amazing industrial history. The route begins at the terminus of a former railway line in Wenfordbridge, and travels 18 miles towards the coastal town of Padstow. This well-surfaced trail stays close to the River Camel, providing lovely waterside views and a calm ambience. It also passes through ancient woodland, habitat restoration projects and other nature reserves. This means there are plenty of opportunities to spot a range of interesting plants and wildlife during this walk.

The Camel Trail is waymarked throughout and dotted with facilities and resting spots. This level walking holiday is a great choice for new walkers of all fitness levels and abilities.

As a Stile-Free walking holiday, the Camel Trail has no stiles or other challenging obstacles to contend with. Any climbs or descents are short and/or gentle. It is suitable for beginners, young families and those with mild mobility impairments.

© Contours Walking Holidays Camel Trail - Stile-Free map
18 miles (28 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the wonderful villages of Wenfordbridge and Wadebridge along the route, as well as the fascinating old town of Bodmin.

Following the disused Bodmin and Wadebridge railway line through fabulous, colourful scenery, and uncovering the area’s past along the way.

Arriving at the lively harbour town of Padstow and making the most of its range of attractions and wonderful, sandy beaches.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CT1 From Wenfordbridge(T) to Padstow 3 nights, 2 days walking Stile-Free - Moderate£335
CT2 From Wenfordbridge(T) to Padstow 4 nights, 3 days walking Stile-Free - Easy£445

Camel Trail - Stile-Free 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Wenfordbridge(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Wenfordbridge(T) to Boscarne(T). 7.5 miles (12km)

Day 2

Boscarne(T) to Padstow. 10 miles (16km)


Depart from Padstow after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Although the Camel Trail is a short route, it nevertheless passes through plenty of wonderful locations that are well worth pausing in and exploring more thoroughly. Extend your holiday by booking extra nights at any of your overnight stops, and enjoy the many fantastic attractions on offer in each new place.

You can extend your holiday by adding additional nights at the end of your walk in the lively harbour town of Padstow. The surrounding area is made up of rugged coastline, quiet coves and glorious sandy beaches, making Padstow a great base for a wide variety of water sports and activities. As well as a plethora of shops and visitor attractions, Padstow is known as one of Cornwall’s great foodie destinations, and is home to Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant among many other fantastic eateries. Another point of interest is Padstow Museum, which houses a collection of memorabilia giving an insight into the history of Padstow over the past two centuries.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7.5 miles (12 km)
Maximum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Code: CT1 Grade: Stile-Free - Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Wenfordbridge(T)
End of holiday: Padstow

Route Profile

Camel Trail - Stile-Free Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The nearest airports are at Newquay, Exeter and Bristol.

By Rail - The nearest train station to the start of the trail (Wenfordbridge) is at Bodmin Parkway (approximately 8.8 miles away). The nearest train station to the end of the trail (Padstow) is at Roche (approximately 14 miles away), although Bodmin Parkway (about 20 miles away) may be more convenient.

By Bus - Bus journeys to Wenfordbridge from Bodmin are somewhat long winded & non existent on Sundays, so a taxi would be the best option. Bus journeys to Roche from Padstow are somewhat impractical, so a taxi would be a better option. Buses run from Padstow to Bodmin Parkway.

From London - Trains run regularly from London Paddington Station to Bodmin Parkway. From here you will need to take a taxi to Wenfordbridge.

Return To The Start - To return to the start of the trail, the easiest option is to take a taxi from Padstow to Wenfordbridge.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.