Wadebridge is situated at the end of the
stunningly beautiful camel estuary, just 5 miles south of Padstow
on the north Cornish Coast.
Wadebridge is said to be the most cycle friendly
town in Cornwall, as it is situated at the centre of the famous
"Camel Trail" Cycle route.
Wadebridge is a centrally located town has much
to offer visitors of all ages and interests all year round.
Camel Trail Cycle Route
The Camel Trail is one of the most successful
cycle routes created in Britain, now the third largest attraction
in the whole of Cornwall, with over 400,000 people using it every
The Camel Trail was created on the disused
railway line that ran from Bodmin through Wadebridge and onto
Padstow. The original railway line was one of the most scenic
in the country, with stunning estuary views. The Camel trail is
a great family day out, with cycle
hire available from Bridge
Bike Hire, in Wadebridge. The section of the trail running
between Wadebridge and Padstow, is a practically level, offering
5 miles of stunning scenery to enjoy. This is the most popular section
of the trail and can be very busy during the peak season.
Wadebridge derives its name from the 13th century,
when the area was know as 'Wade' as the River Camel flowed through
the town and it allowed people to 'wade' through the river to the
other side. In the mid 1400's a bridge was built, connecting the
2 sides hence the new name was generated, 'Wadebridge'.
Wadebridge has a nice central area with shops
and cafes - the old railway station has now been converted into
the John Betjeman Centre, where you can stroll through the museum
and then rest for a coffEe in the small lounge.
There's also plenty to do for families in the area.
The playing fields allow for tennis, football, rugby and tennis
for the older children and adults, to a park and acres of space
for the younger ones to run around in.
Just outside of Wadebridge is Prideaux Place
which is a historic manor house that looks over Padstow.
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway is
located in Bodmin, with steam trains running down the old branch
line between Bodmin and Bodmin Parkway.
Cornwall's Crealy Adventure park is about
a 15 minutes drivce from Wadebridge which has theme park rides and
indoor and outdoor fun for all the family.
In June each year, Whitecross in Wadebridge is the
site of the Famous Royal Cornwall Show. For three days each
June, the fields at Whitecross are transformed into a busy tented
community, with displays, agriculture demonstrations, entertainment
and trade stands. This is a major event in Cornish life, attracting
over 130,000 people each year.
Wadebridge also hosts the Cornwall Folk Festival
at August Bank Holiday each year.