Wadebridge - gateway to the Camel Trail
The charming and busy market town of Wadebridge lies on the banks of the tidal River Camel and is the gateway to the Camel Trail, now the third largest attraction in Cornwall. The town grew up around the ancient 320ft bridge, built in 1470, which was of such strategic importance that Oliver Cromwell himself took charge of the forces sent to capture it during the Civil War. Nowadays the bridge and its 17 arches are an historical landmark spanning the river. Wadebridge is home to Cornwall’s largest antique fair, the Royal Cornwall Show and the Cornwall Annual Folk Festival and visitors will discover interesting little side streets full of quirky, unusual shops and beautiful riverside walks.
Unlike many of the dramatic scenic walks that Cornwall is famous for, the trail is virtually level – it was built on the disused railway line and now offers smooth, safe and easy access to thousands of visitors each year, including families with toddlers or tiny tots in pushchairs and those who use a wheelchair. The 18-mile trail links Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin and wends its way through some of England’s most beautiful coastal scenery and countryside. It’s popular with cyclists, walkers, horse riders and birdwatchers – experienced cyclists can head off to explore nearby villages and country lanes. From Wadebridge head west to Padstow with stunning views of the Camel estuary, overlooking pretty coves and beaches, or turn east to Bodmin through spectacular inland countryside and woodland. Visitors to our resort Hustyns will find that Wadebridge is just a few minutes drive away. Guests wanting to cycle all or part of the Camel Trail can hire bicycles in Wadebridge.