GUIDE TO THE RIVER CAMEL

(Penrose to Wenfordbridge)

NAME OF RIVER: Camel.

WHERE IS IT?: Cornwall, Bodmin Moor. The Camel drains the western edge of Bodmin Moor, flowing from near Camelford down to meet the sea at Wadebridge.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: The Camel above this section is much better. Penrose Bridge (GR 089764) is the put-in for this section; note that it is right beside some kind of fishing resort.

This section ends at Wenfordbridge, GR 085752.

APPROX LENGTH: 1.5 miles.

TIME NEEDED: One hour at most.

ACCESS HASSLES:

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Rain is needed to make this paddleable. The Camel seems to hold an acceptable flow of water for a few days after high water, perhaps because it drains boggy moorland.

GRADING: Mostly flat water. Some grade 1 rapids.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Lots, see below.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This short section of the Camel is not very pleasant. It is simply described for information.

Between Penrose and Wenfordbridge, there are few rapids. More memorable are several tree blocks completely damming the river, a dangerously low bridge and several barbed wire strands across the river. Not recommended unless you fancy a dangerous obstacle course.

OTHER NOTES: Has anybody paddled the rest of the Camel down to the sea?

CONTRIBUTED BY: Mark Rainsley.

 

 

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