The Camel Trail is a fantastic example of Cornwall making use of its history, as this 18 mile cycling, walking and riding route was once a section of railway line. Running along beside the scenic River Camel, the route’s flat, even surface makes it perfect for a ride, stroll or wander with your horse and it attracts visitors in their droves every year.
Horses must walk on the Camel Trail at all times as it’s also used by pedestrians, and if you’re riding in a group please travel at the speed of the slowest member. The Camel Trail is smooth for much of its length, and if you fancy a slow, easy ride that enables you to enjoy the scenery as you go this is just the route. The Camel Trail has become one of the UK’s most loved multi-use recreational trails, and more than 400,000 users enjoy it every year.
The trail passes through a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), so expect a traffic-free day amidst some of the most spectacular countryside in the South West. It’s hard to imagine the days when the line was used by the London and South West Railway, and the trail also makes a great gateway for exploring North Cornwall.
Before you get started, please note that horses are not allowed on the North Cornwall District Council’s section of the trail between Nanstallon and Poley’s Bridge.