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Camelford

About Camelford

Camelford is an attractive, ancient town, which runs between Bude and Wadebridge.

As implied by the name, the town is situated on the River Camel. This name was believed to have been a contraction of Camalanford, from cam, meaning crooked, alan, meaning beautiful, and ford. The symbol of the camel, as seen on the Town Hall weather vane, has often been used in connection with the town, but the name has nothing whatsoever to do with camels.

The town lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor and is about six miles inland from the rugged North Cornwall coast, with the delightful villages of Boscastle and Tintagel within easy reach.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his Knights are a part of North Cornwall history, and that Camelford was the Camelot, of legend. The truth will never be known, although there was a warrior king who died in a bloody battle at Slaughter Bridge, just outside Camelford. This real king’s name was never known, so could it have been Arthur?

Scenic buses in Camelford

Truro to Wadebridge, Camelford & Bude – Bus route 95 from Transport for Cornwall.

Route 95

Newquay to Wadebridge, Boscastle & Bude

Explore the stunning Cornish coast and countryside on a mammoth three-hour journey from the county's capital: Truro.

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