Monday, 29 October 2012

Cornwall 2012 - Padstow and The Camel Trail

The Execution Cell at Bodmin Jail.
The Camel Trail is a disused and resurfaced railway line that runs from Padstow to Bodmin via Wadebridge. It is around 17 miles long and affords some stunning views across the estuary looking towards Rock. The last passenger train was in 1967, freight finally ceased in 1983, when a need to invest in new track forced closure of the line.Its a lovely bike ride with a few interesting diversion options along the way. Arriving in Bodmin you are immediately greeted by the ominous grim stone building of Bodmin Jail. Built in 1779 and closed in 1927, the range of buildings are mostly in ruins, although parts of the prison have been turned into a tourist attraction.
Padstow is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately five miles northwest of Wadebridge. Padstow was originally named Petroc-stow after the Welsh missionary St Petroc. Once a busy fishing port only a handful of boats remain these days. Padstow is best known for its "'Obby 'Oss" festival. Its origins are unclear, it most likely  from an ancient pagan festival such as Beltane.

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