The market town of Wadebridge on the north coast of Cornwall is perfectly placed on the Camel Estuary between Port Isaac (home of theDoc Martin TV series) and the pretty harbour town of Padstow. The town, which is an excellent base for walkers and cyclists, lies at the heart of the Camel Trail, 17 miles of flat level off road walking and cycling stretching from Padstow to Bodmin Moor.
Holidays in Wadebridge position you perfectly for coastal and countryside exploration on the North Cornwall coast. Within a few miles there are 10 golden sandy beaches, perfect water sports or marine discovery. The spectacular South West Coast Path snakes to the north and south of Wadebridge with good transport links to get you there and back. The town is close to the grand country houses of Lanhydrock, Pencarrow and Prideaux Place as well several quality golf courses including the seaside links at St Enodoc and Trevose.
The town has a real community feel with events throughout the year including the River Camel Festival, Wadebridge Carnival, the Big Lunch, and Wadebridge “Bike Lights” where literally hundreds of illuminated cyclists parade through the town. The show ground just outside the town has a full programme of events throughout the year including the annual three day Royal Cornwall Show, a gathering of agriculture specialists, farmers, locals, and visitors alike.
If eating out is an essential ingredient of your holiday, you won’t go hungry in Wadebridge and the Camel Estuary. Within a few miles of Wadebridge there are some truly fantastic Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrity dining including chefs such as Paul Ainsworth, Rick Stein, and Nathan Outlaw. Wadebridge itself has a growing reputation for fine food with a number of new restaurants including the 2016 award-winning Ship Inn. Wines and beers are catered for by the Camel Valley Vineyard just off of the Camel Trail and Sharps Brewery in Rock brewers of the famous Doom Bar Ale.
Explore Wadebridge town and you will find most of the many shops are independent boutique shops, so be prepared for a unique shopping experience. The pedestrianised main street boasts artisan and local food producers including butchers, bakers, greengrocers, and confectioners as well as independent coffee and tea shops for the essential Cornish cream tea. Wadebridge town also offers some of the best antiques, arts and crafts, galleries, and lifestyle shops to explore. Spend a day or two seeking out some of North Cornwall’s artists and craftspeople and see some vibrant landscapes, beautiful furniture and pottery.
With great shopping opportunities, a vast number of wonderful places to eat and drink, the Camel Trail and Estuary as well as some amazing local attractions like every kid’s favourite Crealy Adventure Park, situated just outside of Wadebridge, this is a popular spot for all ages to holiday in Wadebridge.
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