UK Cottages Holiday England Cornwall Walking – Camel Trail Walks Padstow
UK Cottages Holiday England Cornwall Walking – Camel Trail Walks Padstow was a 12 miles day walk that I did on day 3 of my cottage based hiking holiday in North Cornwall.
I undertook this walk in the month of May 2011 together with my partner Anne.
We drove our car from our self catering holiday cottage in St Teath, that we were staying in, to the beginning of the day walk.
We parked the car in the pay and display car park in Padstow harbour which was also the start of the walk.
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Padstow/Camel Trail Local Information
Padstow, also called “Lannwedhenek” in Cornish is both a town and also a fishing port positioned on the north Cornwall coastline next to the western bank of the estuary of the River Camel. It is located south of Bude and north of Newquay about 5 miles north-west from Wadebridge.
The original name of Padstow was Petroc-stowe, Petroc-stow, or Petrock’s Place. This name came from Saint Petroc who was a Welsh missionary who arrived there approximately 500 AD.
For centuries, Padstow has had a ferry service over the estuary of the River Camel. The modern day service takes passengers daily across to Rock on the other side. Originally a fishing port, with some fishing vessels still remaining, these days Padstow is a destination for tourists with the main maritime activity being yachting.
Padstow is great for hikers as it has access to the South West Coast Path, The Saints’ Way and The Camel Trail. Oh, and if you are an enthusiastic foodie, Rick Stein has a restaurant and cafés in the port.
The River Camel
The River Camel is a winding river in north Cornwall and is known in Cornish as Dowr Camel and means “the crooked one”. The river is about 30 miles long, starting near the boundary edge of Bodmin Moor and issuing into the Atlantic Ocean between Pentire Point to the north and Stepper Point to the south. It is popular for fishing, sailing and also birdwatching. The estuary of the river is now an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail is a disabled friendly cycleway open to cyclists, walkers and horse riders. The Camel Trail has an 11 miles stretch of disused railway running alongside the River Camel, connecting Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin. It also has an extension beside the river towards the charming Camelford market town, making a total length of 17.3 miles. It snakes through some of the most attractive rural areas of Cornwall, including rugged moor land and heavenly wooded valleys.
The Saints’ Way
The Saints’ Way, or in Cornish, “Forth an Syns”, is a mid-distance footpath which was an ancient coast-to-coast route across Cornwall from Padstow in the north to Fowey in the south. It was revived in 1986 as a completely maintained and signed trail along public footpaths, quiet lanes and tree lined tracks. It also goes by the name of Drover’s Way as it has been used by drovers, traders and pilgrims since the Bronze age when travelling from Wales or Ireland to Europe. The route enabled travellers to avoid a lengthy and hazardous sea voyage around Lands End. Along the way there is stunning scenery such as rugged coastal path cliff tops; uplands and inland tors together with the dams and white peaks of the China Clay Country. It also passes standing stones and shrines; Neolithic sites and holy wells; and the current day tranquil harbours and ports and sleepy hamlets.
National Lobster Hatchery
The National Lobster Hatchery is in the docks of Padstow Harbour. Their aim is to maintain a healthy Cornish lobster population. They do this through conservation work, education programmes and research activity. Apparently you can adopt a baby lobster!
Little Petherick is a small village which lies in the valley of Little Petherick Creek. It is about 2 miles to the south of Padstow and roughly 6 miles to the west of Wadebridge on the A389. It has the Cornish name of “Nansfenten”. It also lies on The Saints’ Way and has the church of St Petroc located near the creek.
St Petroc Church
Initially constructed during the 14th century, St Petroc parish church in Little Petherick underwent restoration work in 1858 and today is listed Grade I.
Little Petherick Creek
Little Petherick Creek, naturally running down Little Petherick valley is a tidal tributary leading to the River Camel. It runs through Little Petherick, upstream of which it stops being tidal.
Tregunna & Edmonton
Tregunna is a small hamlet a quarter of a mile south of The Camel Trail and roughly 4 miles south east of Padstow. Edmonton is a small village about half a mile south of Tregunna. About a half a mile further south on the A39 is a bigger village called Whitecross with the Royal Cornwall Showground located on the other side of the A39.
Blable House, Trenance & Mellingey
Blabel House looked like an old farm and manor house with parts converted to holiday accommodation; Trenance appeared to be either a little hamlet or a farm converted to holiday accommodation; whilst Mellingey was a pretty little Hamlet; the latter two being on The Saints’ Way route.
Dennis Hill, Dennis Farm & The Obelisk
Dennis Hill is a hill just south of Padstow and west of the River Camel with great views of both the river and Padstow. On top of the hill is a tall obelisk monument which celebrates the 1887 Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The date of erection is given as 1889, is made from rusticated granite and stands on pedestal of ashlar granite. At the base of the hill to the north side by Padstow is Dennis Farm which has a small lake and is now a small family run campsite with a holiday chalet.