The Camel in the Autumn
As the memory of lazy days on the beach fades... It's time to rediscover Cornwall's quieter side.
It's a time for exploring leaf covered paths, for bracing walks along long sandy beaches and sitting beside fires in cosy pubs eating hearty food.
Where better to do this than around the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall? Base yourself in Padstow, Bodmin or Wadebridge and explore the area by bike on the Camel Trail, either beside the wide estuary or the upper reaches of the river towards Bodmin, where the autumnal colours promise to be amazing this year. There’s cycle hire available in all three destinations, if you don’t have your own bikes.
With Halloween on the way, you might like to visit Bodmin Jail, said to be one of the most haunted places in Cornwall. It was here that Cornwall’s felons were brought to be hung, an event that attracted 1000s to the town in past times, many arriving by train. You can recreate that journey on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, which operates up until early November.
If that’s not your thing, you might like to visit the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow? See the little creatures growing from miniscule dots and through the different stages of their life cycle to fully grown beasts! You will also leaner about how the centre is trying to make lobster fishing sustainable and there’s other fantastic local marine life to observe as well!
And if you can still face it after that, Padstow is of course one of the best places to eat seafood in the UK. Check out our list of places to eat in the area, everything from fine dining to fish and chips! And don’t forget to pop along to Camel Valley Vineyard for a nice warming red wine.
With all that wonderful food, you can feel better by going for a nice long walk. The aforementioned Camel Trail can be walked as well as cycled and there are some wonderful coastal walks on both sides of the estuary. Head out towards Trevose Head with its lighthouse or cross over to Rock on the ferry and take the Sir John Betjeman Walk amongst the sand dunes. The poet loved this bit of Cornwall, and is buried in the nearby St Enodoc Church.
So, come down and see why Betjeman loved the area so much…