Wadebridge is a market town situated in North Cornwall. The town once spanned two parishes St Breock and Egloshayle, based either side of the river Camel. St Michael’s chapel was on the west side of the river and King’s chapel was on the east. Travellers would visit these chapels to give thanks for a safe crossing.
In 1312 a licence was granted for Wade to commence with a market. The town became known as Wadebridge after the bridge was built by the Reverend Lovibond, completed in 1948. The Reverend made the decision to build the bridge due to the number of animals and humans that had died during the crossing of the River Camel.
In 1834 the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway Line, one of the first built in the world, was opened. It carried Cornwall’s first steam trains and was the first railway in West Britain to carry passengers. The old railway route is now known as the Camel Trail.
Things to do in Wadebridge
Why not visit the fabulous arts and crafts galleries or explore the shops?
Wadebridge is surrounded by beautiful countryside and attracts those who love to walk. Close by there are stunning coastal walks to choose from. The 16 mile country path between Padstow and Fowey, formed in ancient times, is a popular trek, and Bodmin Moor is only 15 miles away with its own areas of interest.
The Camel Trail stretches from Wadebridge to Pooley’s Bridge along the path of the old Bodmin and Wadebridge railway. You can walk the 17 mile trail or cycle. There are plenty of places in Wadebridge to hire bikes.
Wadebridge has a new sports centre that caters for those who love to keep fit. You can swim, play squash, lift weights, or take part in the various activities that are scheduled during the week.
For those who prefer outdoor sports, Rock, only a few miles from Wadebridge, offers a variety of water sports such as windsurfing, paracending, sailing and water skiing. There is also the opportunity to horse ride and play golf at one of the three nearby golf courses situated in Bodmin, Constantine and Trevose.
To relax, “The Earl of St. Vincent” is a public house dating back to the 12th Century, named after a former Admiral who sailed with Lord Nelson. Situated in the nearby village of Egloshayle, it is well worth a visit.