Perhaps the biggest section of railway engineering

This is a busy section of the trail during the summer and school holidays. It has a great advantage over the other parts of the trail since it offers the amenities of towns at both ends

It can be quiet.
 

The iron bridge opened on Thursday 23rd March 1899. Piles were driven down 53 feet, there are 3 spans of 133 feet, height of the bridge was 16 feet above high tide and 30 feet above the mud
 
A lot of money was spent to make the Iron Bridge safe for cyclists even though they are somewhat lighter than trains
Looking back at the Iron Bridge. This part of the trail is always changing

When you look across the estuary on your way up or down the trail, it will have changed significantly by the time that you do your return trip as the tide ebbs or flows

Further away and it looks different again

The last cove before Padstow, known as Dennis Cove, was the site of one of Padstow's shipyards and one of the last ships ever to be repaired there was called the Teaser, the name of one of Padstow's Gigs today

Padstow draws closer
In the 16th century Padstow was called Lodeneck, and in the 1850's it was an emigrant departure port, mainly to Quebec
Once into Padstow park your bike. Looking across to Rock
 

During the 1800's it was estimated that over 50 tons of cockles were removed from the sand bar in Padstow each year