The vibrant market town of Wadebridge is perfectly placed on the Camel Estuary between Port Isaac, (home of the Doc Martin TV series), and the pretty harbour town of Padstow. The town, is an excellent base for walkers and cyclists and lies at the heart of the Camel Trail, 17 miles of flat level off road walking and cycling stretching from Padstow to Bodmin Moor.
Wadebridge for your holiday destination positions you perfectly for seaside and outside fun on the North Cornwall coast. Within a few miles there are 10 golden sandy beaches, perfect for water born activities or seaside exploration. 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.
Wadebridge 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 Royal Cornwall Showground just outside the town has a full programme of events throughout the year including the annual 3 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 and around Wadebridge and the Camel Estuary. Within a few miles of Wadebridge there are some truly tasty Michelin star 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 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 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.
Within a short drive are the North Cornwall attractions of Port Isaac, Tintagel, Boscastle and Bude and St Merryn (including 7 outstanding bays and beaches) down to Watergate Bay.
Within Wadbridge and the Camel Estuary the following activities and attractions are waiting to be discovered.:
The Camel Trail 18 miles of flat off road walking , cycling and horse riding from Padstow, through Wadebridge to the foothills of Bodmin Moor. The Camel Trail links into the Cornish Way network of Cornish Cycle routes. Why not hire a bike - we offer free secure bike storage throughout your stay! The award winning Camel Valley Vineyard can be cycled to with ease on the Camel Trail. Download the Camel Trail Map leaflet here
South West Coast Path – see the beautiful North Cornwall Coast in all its glory and experience it on foot - Wadebridge is a great location to stay and wak the Coast Path, not least because of the many bus routes to get you there and back from your chosen walk. To see an example of what's on offer click here to see the Sir John Betjamin Circular Walk just minutes from Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast.
Country Houses and Gardens – Pencarrow House (Bodmin) and Prideaux Place (Padstow) offer guided tours of the houses and free access to gardens as do Lanhydrock House in Bodmin and Trerice nr Newquay. Other gardens nearby include a Japanese Bonsai garden, the world famous Lost gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
Beaches – North Cornwall has plenty of clean sandy beaches with a stunning rugged cliff scape offering a real seaside experience. Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast is within 7-10 miles of Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath, Tregirls and St Georges Well, all of which can be cycled to. A short drive opens up Trevone, Harlyn, Constantine, Boobys, Treyarnon and Porthcothan Bay for exploration and enjoyment. Download the RNLI Beach Safety leaflet here.
Water sports – surfing from beginner to veteran with surf schools on Polzeath, Constantine and Harlyn all with tuition and kit hire. Sailing on the Camel Estuary either at Rock or Padstow, water skiing and diving are also available at these locations with wind and kite surfing at Daymer Bay. Swimming is available at all beaches with lifeguard cover from Easter to October. Always swim on a lifeguarded beach! Download the RNLI Surf safety and Kayaking safety leaflet here
Golf – the seaside links of Trevose and St Enodoc are complemented by inland courses at Lanhydrock, Bowood in Camelford, Launceston and Mawgan Porth with a pay and play 9 hole at St Kew all a short distance from Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast.
Wadebridge is perfectly placed for you to enjoy the pretty Cornish harbour town of Padstow without the hustle and bustle;
Take a cycle or walk the Camel Trail, a glorious way to visit with regular bus links back to Wadebridge or go to Rock and cross the Estuary by passenger ferry - a great way to arrive in the town
Local Produce – from plough to plate North Cornwall is well connected to the land and farmers within. Award winning cheeses, beers and wines and many other foodstuffs are available through specialist local shops, farmers markets and at certain times of the year festivals and celebrations. The celebrated Camel Valley Vineyard is accessible from the Camel Trail.
In Port Isaac 2 Michelin Star Nathan Outlaw has opened a new restaurant while at Watergate bay Jamie Oliver is making his mark with the Cornish Fifiteen restaurant overlooking the beach. In Wadebridge there are a number of great quality restaurants including Warnes in Polmorla Walk, Bridge Bistro adjacent to the old Bridge, Little Plates and the Ship Inn, Relish. The Glass House, Hewitts and Tims Place all within walking distance of Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast. Find out more about eating and drinking in Wadebridge here.
Distinctive shopping – Wadebridge has a selection of local shops and boutiques that many towns would be proud of – there are local butchers, bakers and even a candle stick maker as well as local produce markets, furniture, pottery, gifts and clothes. It’s shopping like it used to be with a surprise around every corner. Padstow is now home to the big names – Seasalt, Quicksilver Moshula and Gul as well as a number of unique and well respected art galleries with local paintings and ceramics..
Sustainable Transport – as well as cycling, walking and ferry links Wadebridge is the centre of Cornwall’s bus network with connecting services to train stations, Cornwall Newquay Airport and other areas of Cornwall. There are even 6 bus services per day to London and back. Click here for traveline timetables and information.
And here is the Camel Trail - the trail is flat and level along its entire length and provides a sustainable way to explore the area either by bike or on foot..
Bikes can be hired locally and delivered to Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast or bring your own - we can securely store bikes in the garage as well as surf boards and other sporting equipment.