Sitting on the banks of the Camel River in Cornwall is a village built on the stories and legends of a past. The area was once famous as a centre of ancient commerce, and traces of Camelford's long hisotry are never far away. This area is attractive to anyone who desires a quaint and friendly atmosphere, surrounded by picturesque scenery and captivating local history.
Camelford’s beautiful nature is clear to see, and was the inspiration for the writings of Beeny Cliff and films like Saving Grace. However, this is not Camelford's only claim to fame; it is also believed to be the site of ancient Camelot. This legendary village is centralized between Bodmin Moor on one side, and the beautiful and rugged coastline of North Cornwall lies a few kilometers away on the other side of the village. Plentiful outdoor opportunities include strolling along the river walkway, camping, caravanning, horseback riding, and surfing or trekking on the coastal area of Trebarwith Strand. Cycling is also popular along the former path of a railroad which runs amongst local woodland, and is one of many activities which attract visitors. Guest houses and self catering cottages are in abundant supply in this quaint village.
Medieval bridges, museums, and historic local buildings only add to the communities interesting nature. Spending time amongst the timeless slate buildings in the village centre gives a real sense of nostalgia.
Local shops and markets are in good supply and offer a variety of items of interest from the surrounding sea and farmlands. Shopping is entertaining when looking at antiques, toys and children’s clothes, or art galleries. Bakeries and pastry shops, as well as restaurants with many ethnic varieties, as well as several great pubs are many.
Any visit to Camelford should include a visit to Tintagel Castle. Ruins reflect a medieval history from the 13th century and the castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Its backdrop is quite dramatic with waves crashing on the ocean below the thick stone walls. History surrounding King Arthur continues on a trip to Slaughter Bridge, said to be the place if his last battle.
The local library is also worth investigation. Recognizable by its iconic camel weather vane, this building formerly housed the town hall and was built in the 1800’s. Spend time soaking up the areas past with a trip to the North Cornwall Museum and Gallery which gives extensive information on the areas historical craft of wagon making. Also learn from the museums interpretive displays about local farming and cider making. Continue journeying into the past, to the Bronze Age and ancient burial sites, when walking from Camelford to Rough Tor.
Take time to sample local wines. Camel Valley Vineyard and Wine offer wine tasting year round. Other offerings in the community include the Camelford Indian Kings Art Centre. A visitor information center can also supply information on any and all points of interest within the community.
Plymouth Airport is in closest proximity to Camelford, with inbound flights arriving from airports across the UK. The area is also well connected by road and rail.