This is a day out that requires planning! Depending on the weather and where you’d like to spend more time, it’s a very flexible option with plenty of places to grab refreshments.
Check the weather & book your bikes in advance. We recommend Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge, though there are several other bike hire companies if they are fully booked. The famous Camel Trail is an 18 mile flat, traffic free path following a disused railway line between Padstow and Wenfordbridge through spectacular countryside. Predominantly used by cyclists, the most popular (& therefore busiest) 5 mile section is between Wadebridge & Padstow which has stunning estuary views and lots of places to stop and rest, including the Atlantic Coast Express situated in the quarry halfway to Padstow.
Alternatively, heading from Wadebridge towards Bodmin, it’s more woody, following the river through the valley (great on a hot day!) At Nanstallon you can’t miss the Camel Trail Tea Garden where you can stop for a rest and likewise, if you make it all the way to the end, Snails Pace Cafe sells delicious cakes! (check opening hours for both).
Whether you head towards Padstow or Bodmin it’s worth having a mooch around Wadebridge before or after your ride. Wadebridge is our lovely local market town and has lots to see. There are 2 butchers, 2 bakeries, a fish mongers, a greengrocer, lots of gift shops, the most amazing hardware shop Dickson’s and lots of lovely cafes and bars. It really is worth exploring!