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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 year.


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 - The Camel Trail
The Camel Trail


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.


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