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Wadebridge Tourist Information
Wadebridge Guide and History
Wadebridge, situated on the River Camel and just six miles inland, was created by history and its beautiful river. It is the half way point between two very different parts of Cornwall. As the name may imply, historically, Wadebridge had a crossing which then became a bridge, said to be built on piles of wool. This ancient bridge was built in 1470 and paid for by the sheep farmers at the time. It carried travelers 320ft across the River Camel straight into the heart of the town and replaced a dangerous ford which was overlooked by chapels where travelers could pray before attempting the crossing.
Originally, Wadebridge was a market town, but in later years became a foundry town. Today it is becoming steadily more exclusive, especially now as Cornwall raises its profile. The riverside has undergone extensive refurbishment, the new buildings complementing the existing architecture perfectly. There are also plenty of good places for you to stay when visiting, accommodation ranging from guest houses and hotels to campsites and holiday parks.
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Accommodation in Wadebridge is, as one would expect from an established resort, excellent, whether you plan to go camping or bed and breakfast-ing. Much lies in the beautiful surrounding area and ranges from holiday parks, B&Bs and campsites to high quality hotels and self catering. One bed and breakfast North Cornwall has to offer is Brookfields, a modern building set in farmland near St. Kew.
Entertainment and Eating Out Guide
The Camel Trail is probably Wadebridge's main entertainment feature as it is central placed along the trail, where you can travel on your bike either seawards to Padstow or inland towards the beautiful Bodmin Moor. Cycle hire establishments are placed conveniently, and offer a good service. The trail is very even and wonderfully scenic.
Eating Out in Wadebridge
There are several good restaurants for you to dine in the evening, and takeaways if you would prefer a more casual approach. The restaurants cover a range of tastes, and will suit most people. The Glasshouse serves the Italian cuisine along with traditionally English dishes. There are a number of pubs here serving food, including the Swan Hotel, located in the centre of the town.
Shops in Wadebridge are of good quality, and there is not the hectic pressures of a larger town. It consists of newer shops as well as the traditional hint of an old market town. There is a great opportunity here for you to visit many arts and crafts shops and some fantastic galleries.
Wadebridge Beach and Surf Guide
Wadebridge is surrounded by a lot of good surfing beaches, both east and west of the town. Some are brilliant for beginners, but others require a little more experience. Most are under watch by lifeguards for the majority of summer. There are also good surfing shops in Wadebridge.
Buses and taxis operate throughout the town and surrounding area.
Once a market town, Wadebridge still has a thriving industry of many varieties of business. They range from unique services by trades people, to international firms based right here in the South West.
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