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Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge

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Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge
Author: Claire, Published: 22 Jul 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guidestar1 Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guidestar1 Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guidestar1 Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guidestar0 Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guide
Cornwall, Camelford
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guide boot Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge Walking Guide
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A 2 mile ‘there and back’ riverside walk from the market town of Camelford in Cornwall. The walking route heads through the heart of the town and then joins the footpath alongside the River Camel, passing through pretty meadows and woodland, and enjoying the clear-running waters of the river. The destination is a heavy-weight old clapper bridge, Fenteroon Bridge, which now spans the river as a road bridge. The return leg simply retraces the steps of the outward leg. The walk makes a particularly good dog walk, with plenty of shade and opportunities for a dip in the river, so you will usually have chance to meet lots of canine friends.

The walk follows the riverside path for most of the route which is almost entirely flat, but there is a short steep tarmac slope as you leave and re-enter Camelford. The riverside paths are a mixture of tarmac, broken tarmac, compacted stone and grass, with some parts that can be muddy at times. There are no stiles on route and any livestock is fenced away from your paths. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, two footbridges (with handrails) plus a couple of short flights of narrow stone steps to access one of these bridges. Allow 1 hour.

Camelford is a market town located on the A39 Atlantic Highway, about 10 miles north of Bodmin. The walk starts and finishes at the Church Field Car Park, a car park managed by the Town Council and located directly alongside St Thomas’ Church on the A39. Make sure you park in the correctly coloured bay, as some bays are reserved for health centre patients. Parking is free of charge (correct Summer 2018). Approximate post code PL32 9TB.

Walk Sections

Start to First Footbridge
Start to First Footbridge

Start point: 50.6236 lat, -4.6774 long
End point: 50.6211 lat, -4.6781 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the pavement, leading you over the River Camel. If you glance into the river on your right, you will see the weir. Like most weirs, this once formed an obstruction to fish that need to be able to move freely up and downstream for breeding. To overcome this problem, two passes have been installed. The metal grid to the left covers a fish pass whilst to the right of the weir there is a row of bristles that act as an eel pass.

Keep ahead on the pavement, passing the bandstand on your right, and then use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement. Pass The Mason’s Arms and Methodist Chapel on your left and then the Town Hall building (built in 1806 and now housing the library) on your right. Look up and you will notice this building includes a clock tower and golden-camel-topped weather vane.

Go past the traffic lights to enter the short one-way stretch and look out for an alleyway called Cherry Gardens on your right. Do NOT take this, instead turn left opposite this alleyway to join the tarmac slope signed as the Riverside Walk. Follow the tarmac leading you steeply downhill (it is only a short hill) and swinging right to continue as a riverside stone path with the River Camel on your left. At this point, the River Camel is held between stone retaining banks, to help reduce flooding risk. At the end of this first stretch you are forced to cross over the river via a concrete footbridge (with hand rail).

First Footbridge to Water Treatment Works
First Footbridge to Water Treatment Works

Start point: 50.6211 lat, -4.6781 long
End point: 50.6186 lat, -4.6789 long

At the far side turn right and follow the grass riverside path, with the river on your right and a fenced meadow on your left. At the end of the meadow, the path re-crosses the river via a concrete footbridge with old stone steps at each end. Turn left to continue your riverside journey (with the river on your left once again). The path will lead you to reach the Water Treatment Works on your right. Ignore the bridge at this point, simply keep ahead on the riverside path.

Water Treatment Works to Fenteroon Bridge
Water Treatment Works to Fenteroon Bridge

Start point: 50.6186 lat, -4.6789 long
End point: 50.6135 lat, -4.6813 long

It is now simply a case of following this right-hand riverbank for a further 650 metres. Along the way you will pass alongside an old kissing gate and pass through two current kissing gates.

The River Camel rises on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It is thought its name comes from a Cornish term for crooked, a reference to its winding course. It meets the sea at Padstow Bay. Both otters and kingfishers breed in the river, although you will need to be lucky to see either of these elusive creatures.

After 650 metres you will reach our turning point, the beautiful old stone road bridge called Fenteroon Bridge. The bridge is a classic Clapper Bridge, an ancient design of bridge where large stone slabs are laid between the riverbanks and central piers to create a simple crossing point. The granite slabs used to build Fenteroon Bridge are particularly large and sturdy, meaning it was possible to convert it into a road bridge for modern use.

Fenteroon Bridge to End
Fenteroon Bridge to End

Start point: 50.6135 lat, -4.6813 long
End point: 50.6238 lat, -4.6774 long

When you are ready to continue, it is simply a case of turning around and retracing your steps back to Camelford. The riverside path leads you back through the kissing gates and past the Water Treatment Works, before swapping to the right-hand riverbank for a short stretch via the footbridges. Once back on the left-hand bank the path leads you uphill to the main street. Turn right through the town to reach the car park on your left, where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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The weir with the fish pass and eel pass.
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Uploaded: 22 Jul 2018
The clock tower in the centre of Camelford
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Uploaded: 22 Jul 2018
Fenteroon Bridge a classic Clapper Bridge
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Uploaded: 22 Jul 2018
The stone steps that lead you onto one of the footbridges

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