Cornwall Walking Padstow Hiking The Camel Trail England UK
Cornwall Walking Padstow Hiking The Camel Trail was about 12 miles in distance and was part of a Cornwall hiking holiday.
On this hike we went past the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow Harbour and followed a section of the Camel Trail, which is also a cycle path beside the River Camel.
We hiked a few miles along a cycle path beside the river: crossing a large metal bridge; passing a picnic area and several creeks; through a disused slate tip and under a bridge.
We also had a few joggers pass us and several cyclists.
We then crossed country along several quiet tree lined country lanes through some pretty little hamlets.
To complete the hike we crossed rolling pastures; passed through quiet woodlands and went over Dennis Hill back to Padstow, with super views to the river and bay beyond.
The later part of the hike was actually along The Saints’ Way which is an ancient coast-to-coast route across the county.
Read details about the Padstow & Camel Trail Local Information here.
Cornwall Walking – Padstow & The Camel Trail Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Cornwall Walking – Padstow & The Camel Trail trip.
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Cornwall Walking – Padstow & The Camel Trail Route
Cornwall Walking Padstow Hiking The Camel Trail involved hiking over hard suface paths; footpaths; tracks; and quiet lanes. There are also some steps on ascents and descents together with stiles and boardwalks to negotiate. Although most of the route involves easy hiking, the 12 mile length makes it quite challenging.
The route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs. After Starting at Padstow harbour pay and display car park we headed south past the National Lobster Hatchery and followed the Camel Trail, along the old railway cutting. Hiking beside the bank of the River Camel we crossed a long metal bridge over Little Petherick Creek and headed east until reaching a road bridge.
On the second leg we headed south along quiet tree lined lanes, crossed other lanes and the A39; and passed by Tregunna, Edmonton, Whitecross, Tredruston Farm until reaching a T-junction. On the third leg we headed westward along a lane and through Pawton Manor Farm; passed chicken runs and crossed fields to join The Saints’ Way.
The fourth and final leg was along The Saints’ Way. Initially we headed north-west the route curved to the north all the way back to Padstow. Along the way we passed Blable House; crossed fields and went through a copse; rose to a track to Trenance; hiked lanes to the pretty hamlet of Mellingey; crossed the bridge over Little Petherick Creek just before the 14th-century St Petroc Church; went through woods beside the creek; crossed more fields; passed through more woods before finally going over Dennis Hill past Dennis Farm and along a lane back to the start of The Camel Trail back to Padstow.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Cornwall hiking holiday during May 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in St Teath to the starting location of Padstow harbour pay and display car park.