Wadebridge

Aerial view of Wadebridge Cornwall c John Such
Wadebridge, Cornwall
Wadebridge, Cornwall
Camel Trail, Wadebridge, Cornwall c Matt Jessop
Wadebridge, Cornwall

Discover Wadebridge

Located just inland on the Camel River estuary and once famous as a centre for wool production, Wadebridge is now a lively hub of the north coast. It’s the starting point for the most popular stretch of the Camel Cycle Trail. The town also provides a stop off point for visitors heading for the North coast, famous for big surf and beaches. Here you’ll find all you need for a picnic, tonight’s dinner or something chic for the beach as the streets are full of independent shops and boutiques.

The Camel Trail

The Wadebridge and Bodmin Railway Line was opened in 1834 and was one of the first built in the world, it carried the first steam trains in Cornwall and was the first in West Britain to carry passengers. In 1967 the North Cornwall line was closed for all passenger services and the route is now known as the Camel Trail and is popular with both walkers and cyclists.

The Camel Trail winds its way along the Estuary between Padstow and Wadebridge, then up into the hills of Bodmin Moor to Blisland. The scenery along this popular walking and cycling route is some of the most spectacular in the country.

There is bike hire available in Padstow and Wabebridge. The route between the two towns is mostly level, with some gentle slopes. With plenty of little coves and places to stop and admire the view or have a picnic along the way, the Camel trail is an ideal way to spend the day with the familly.

Reasons to visit Wadebridge

  • The Camel Trail 
  • Access to beautiful beaches either side of the Camel estuary
  • Riverside walks 
  • An array of quirky shops selling unusual gifts, artwork, clothing and books 
  • Great restaurants, cafes and pubs - Wadebridge is fast becoming a foodie destination

Things to do in Wadebridge

  • The Royal Cornwall Show, the county’s biggest agricultural jamboree takes place just outside Wadebridge in June
  • A popular folk festival is held in the town annually 
  • In the nearby village of Egloshayle is the "The Earl of St. Vincent" a public house dating back to the 12th Century, when it was built as a boarding house for the masons who constructed the church 
  • Visit Prideaux Place, a stunning Elizabethan manor house which overlooks the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow about 15 minutes drive from Wadebridge
  • The Camel Trail is one of Cornwall’s biggest draws and ranks as one of most successful recreational multi use trail in the UK. Eighteen miles of trails run over moors and through woodland from Wadebridge to Bodmin and down to the sea at Padstow. There are plenty of places to hire bikes from at the start of the trail, or take your own 
  • Visit the Sir John Betjeman centre housed in the old railway station where you’ll find a room dedicated to then former Poet Laureate with many items of interest about the his life and times spent in Cornwall. There’s also a coffee lounge on site
  • Trelawney Garden Centre blossomed from a small roadside stall into massive all weather shopping experience for all green fingered enthusiasts. Themed shops, gifts, accessories and of course, plants and flowers
  • Going strong since 1980, Wadebridge Country Market takes place every Thursday at the Town Hall from 8:45am to 12:00pm. Local produce including fish, meat, cakes, pastries, savouries, jams, honey, eggs, fruit and vegetables and various crafts 
  • Take a trip up to St Breock downs a couple of miles away from the town for spectacular views out over the countryside. You’ll also find Cornwall’s biggest prehistoric monolith here weighing over 16 tonnes 

Useful Wadebridge links

Wadebridge Tourist Information Centre
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Farm holidays in Wadebridge

★★★★Visit Britain
North Coast
Trevanger Farm offers B&B accommodation on a working farm, ideally located just minutes from the popular holiday resorts of Rock and Polzeath and a short ferry ride from Padstow.

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North Coast
B&B on a family run dairy farm in 450 acres of beautiful countryside. Not far from A39, close to North Coast beaches of Watergate Bay/Mawgan Porth. Short drive to Wadebridge and Padstow. 3 spacious en-suite rooms, including four-poster bedroom. 

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North Coast
Both cottages are situated near Wadebridge, each sleeps 4 people in attractive double and twin rooms. They are equipped with stone fireplaces with wood burning stoves, in lounge areas.

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North Coast
The Laurels Holiday Park is situated in North Cornwall, just six miles from Padstow. Voted one of the best touring parks and campsites in Cornwall. The Laurels also offer four luxury Cornish country holiday cottages to hire. Dog friendly.

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North Coast > Wadebridge
Farmhouse B&B at St Minver near Wadebridge with panoramic views over rolling countryside. Not far from Rock and Polzeath, close to St Enodoc Golf club and coastal and moorland walks. 

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North Coast > Wadebridge
Brookdale offers high quality en-suite rooms - 2 double/1 family en-suite. All rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and colour Freeview TV. Spacious and bright breakfast room for buffet style and/or full English breakfast. Parking. 2 minute walk

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North Coast
This beautiful woodland park, with luxury timber lodges, is located in the grounds of an old manor house and is close to many sandy and Blue Flag beaches making it an ideal base to explore North Cornwall. 

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Cornwall
Cornish Horizons is one of Cornwall’s leading accredited holiday cottage agencies, based in Padstow, with a collection of over 500 holiday cottages around the Cornish coast and countryside. Locations include Padstow, Newquay, Looe, Fowey and St Ives.

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