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River Camel, Wadebridge And Padstow From The Air

Camel Estuary Meets the Atlantic Ocean

Celebrating Clear Skies Above The River Camel

Cornwall has been looking its finest in the beautiful sunshine spell of it we’ve been lavished with recently. All these clear skies have made for the perfect chance to take our camera to the air over one of our favourite Cornish waterways, the River Camel and its wonderful estuary. Places always look totally different from the air and even if you’ve visited these spots before, you’ll probably notice some new features from a birds eye perspective.

Soaring Above Padstow And The Camel Estuary

This is an all-time classic part of the Camel Estuary as the river ends its 30 mile journey from up on the moors and races past the Doom Bar to spill out into Padstow Bay.  Being in our neck of the woods, we’re always exploring this area and discovering new vantage points to admire it’s beauty from. We’ve delved into most little bays and coastal paths on both sides of the estuary over the years. Having the drone camera come on board has added a whole new perspective to admire this stunning stretch of Cornwall from. This photo is looking back towards Padstow from the centre of the Estuary. If you look closely you can see the Padstow War Memorial in the foreground. The Rock to Padsow ferry is busy about its work off to the left. In the distance is the old iron bridge which forms part of the final furlongs of the Camel Trail as it winds its way onto Padstow Quayside.

Padstow and the Camel Estuary from the air
Looking back down the Camel Estuary to Padstow

A High Level Overview Of Wadebridge

Following the River Camel’s journey a little further upstream brings you to the bustling market town of Wadebridge which is our centre of operations. The town makes the most of its riverside location, with lovely walks along the banks and a dedicated foot bridge built by Anneka Rice in the early 1990’s during one of her Callenge Anneka TV shows! Many years on and it’s still happily providing a most picturesque crossing of the Camel as you look down towards Wadebridge’s old stone bridge. Affectionately know as ‘The Bridge On Wool’, the local legend has it that it was founded on sacks of wool. If that’s the case it’s certainly a building trick we might want to rediscover as it has put in hundreds of years service ever since its construction. The range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants in Wadebridge is impressive for a town of its size and well worth a peruse when you’re next passing. You can see the cricket pitch set alongside the river in the foreground of the photo – a great place to sit and take a match in on a Summer’s day.

The River Camel Looking down towards Wadebridge's Old Stone Bridge, "The Bridge On Wool".
The River Camel Looking down towards Wadebridge’s Old Stone Bridge, “The Bridge On Wool”

The River Camel Arrives At The Ocean

The final stretches of the River Camel’s journey are truly stunning. Pure white sands line its course and the colour of the water is incredible. Swimming from one of the estuary’s secluded bays, on warm balmy days, you could almost believe you were in Caribbean waters. Rock beach stretches for miles at low tide and you can meander your way across its soft golden sands to the great contentment of your heart. The surf rolls into Polzeath beach, long lazy walls of water are offered up to us surfers as replenishment for the soul. When Cornwall is in the sunshine, where the the Camel Estuary makes its acquaintance with the Atlantic Ocean, a small slice of paradise is quietly unveiled for all who take the time to explore it.

Camel Estuary passes Rock, Daymer and Pentire to meet the Atlantic Ocean
Camel Estuary passes Rock, Daymer and Pentire to meet the Atlantic Ocean

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