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Camel Estuary
Padstow, South Cornwall

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Camel Trail
Bodmin Moor

The Camel Estuary on the north western coast of Cornwall is wide and sweeping, and is where the River Camel reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Padstow Bay. On all sides there are golden sandy beaches, grassy dunes and picture perfect coves. The landscape is diverse with salt marshes, rocky harbours and sand banks and is an area rich in natural wildlife. The Camel trail is a well known and well visited cycle track which runs from Padstow to Camelford incorporating several stunning towns and villages along the way.

The River Camel originates at Bodmin Moor in the north of Cornwall. As it meanders its way down through the grassy moorlands and small farms, the river boasts several designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation due to the presence of its Bullhead and Otter population. By the time it reaches Wadebridge the surrounding area has the accolade as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with some of the most breathtaking scenery and panoramic views at every turn. Burniere Point and the Amble Marshes are perfect places for bird watching, with Egrets, Ospreys and Peregrines amongst the local population and where the Birdwatching and Preservation Society have a number of hides sited along the broad salt marshes. Several of them are accessible on foot from the Camel Trail, but not all are open to the public, some are for members only.

The Camel estuary is an important conservation area for Sea Bass, and anglers can enjoy fishing for Sea Trout, Salmon and Flounders, which are also found in these waters. Other regular visitors to the bays include dolphins, seals and basking sharks.

The Camel Trail is an 11 mile track which has been formed at the site of a disused railway line, and offers a delightful walking and cycling trail through some of the most magnificent countryside along the river. The trail links the towns of Padstow, Wadebride, Bodmin and Camelford and takes in many of the secluded coves and hidden beaches to be found...


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