The River Camel & 17 Arch Bridge at Wadebridge

The River Camel & 17 Arch Bridge at Wadebridge

Bike Hire at the start of the Camel Trail, Wadebridge

Bike Hire at the start of the Camel Trail, Wadebridge

County town Wadebridge on the banks of the River Camel in North Cornwall is an ideal base for accessing coast and country attractions. The town nestles between the popular beaches of Padstow Bay and Rock, and the 17 mile long Camel Trail open to walkers and cyclists runs right through the town. Wadebridge also affords easy access into Bodmin Moor. Pretty riverside walks, a famous 17 arch bridge, children's play areas, a cricket ground and a number of restaurants, takeaways and traditional pubs serving food are all here. Wadebridge is also a North Cornwall shopping centre with a variety of independent shops. Annual events include the June Royal Cornwall Show across three days, one of Cornwall's premier agricultural shows at the well signposted showground one and a half miles west of Wadebridge along the A39. A festival of Music and Speech takes place in March, a celebrated folk festival is hosted in August and Wadebridge Annual Carnival is in late July.

Cycling on The Camel Trail

Cycling on The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail

Wadebridge is a popular base for family cycling holidays along the multi use 17 mile long Camel Trail running between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. The Camel Trail is a scenic trail following the route of a disused railway line flanking the Camel Estuary between Wadebridge and Padstow. It passes through stunning woodland in the Camel Valley between Wadebridge and Bodmin. Hire bikes at a choice of bike hire companies in the town including Bridge Bike Hire located right at the start of the Camel Trail - in operation here since 1983.

John Betjeman Centre

John Betjeman Centre

John Betjeman Centre

When the railway line which followed the route of The Camel Trail was in use before the Beeching cuts, the poet Sir John Betjeman famously made the train journey, describing it as 'the most beautiful train journey I know". Betjeman first visited this area of North Cornwall before World War I on a holiday to nearby Trebetherick. The John Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge, housed in the old Wadebridge railway station, which gets a mention in Betjeman's poem 'Summoned by Bells', displays various memorabilia and personal items belonging to the poet. Betjeman is buried at the nearby 13th century St Enodoc Church.

Crealy Theme Park

Cornwall's top theme park, Crealy sits just outside Wadebridge and is open for fun packed family days out from February to early November. Colour coded rides cater for all from the very young to the thrill seekers, with fun rides including Thunder Falls and Viking Warrior. An all weather adventure park, Crealy also features great indoor play zones, a family arcade, haunted castle and Toddler's Village. Animal attractions including a reptile house and Kingdom of Heavy Horses attraction. Many family cafes and eateries are onsite.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Wadebridge has a fascinating railway heritage. The passenger line opened here in 1834 was one of the world's first railways and in the Victorian era Wadebridge was a major railway junction. The line succumbed to the Beeching axes of the 1950s, however today visitors can hop aboard the preserved Bodmin & Wenford Railway at Boscarne Junction just south of Wadebridge which runs for 6 1/2 miles (13 mile round trip). The Camel Trail is adjacent to Boscarne Junction Station.

Accommodation in Wadebridge

  • Washaway   (3.8 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    Luxury B&B in North Cornwall. Stunning views of Camel Valley. Beach and surfing close by. 3 en-suite rooms. Families and couples welcome. On-site parking. Wi-Fi. Homemade breakfast
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  • Wadebridge   (0.7 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    Family friendly Wadebridge hotel with newly refurbished rooms, free parking, flexible check in/ out times, 30 minutes free Wi-Fi & adjacent Two for One restaurant.
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  • Near Bodmin   (3.9 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £195
    Per Week (Seasonal) sleep 4 + 2
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    Family friendly of holiday lodges near Bodmin Moor set in a picturesque valley. Two bedroom, decked verandah, great walks nearby. Kid's play area & site shop. Sleep 4 + 2.
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  • St Columb Major   (5.3 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    £89
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    Enjoy a relaxing holiday to this great resort, with a heated pool, sauna, spa, tennis courts, hot tub, award- winning restaurant and children's play area. Free WiFi, ample parking.
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  • St Issey   (3.6 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    £47
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    A delightful B&B in St Issey just 3 miles from Padstow with stylish all ensuite double rooms, lounge, free WiFi & off road parking. Beaches nearby & pubs within walking distance.
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  • Washaway   (3.7 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    £329
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    This detached holiday cottage, set on the owners estate comprised of farmland and woodland, is fitted and furnished to a good standard and is a perfect place to unwind or explor...
     
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  • Wadebridge   (0.1 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    £65
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    Stylish contemporary pub with rooms in the heart of Wadebridge, 6 miles from Padstow. Bar lounge available for private hire. 14 en-suite rooms. Excellent food and service.
     
  • St Breock   (0.8 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
    Sleeps 4
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    £277
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    Nestling in a lovely hamlet, this Grade II listed, circa 1850, stone fronted cottage boasts a lovely garden backing onto farmland with two patios, to the front and rear. The hol...
     
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  • Wadebridge   (0.2 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
    Sleeps 6
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    £294
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    This semi-detached property is an easy walk to the Camel Estuary and the town centre with selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. An ideal holiday base for exploring the north...
     
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  • Wadebridge   (1.9 miles from the centre of Wadebridge)
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    £35
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    Charming & tranquil bed and breakfast set in 2 acres of grounds in an unspoilt valley close to Wadebridge market town in North Cornwall. Beautiful decor, stream
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