Panorama taken from the center of Wadebridge in Cornwall. The picture shows some of the shops and famous clock tower in the town.
Wadebridge - North Cornwall visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wadebridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Cornwall.
Wadebridge is an historic market town in Cornwall, granted a market license in 1313. The town sits on the head of the River Camel estuary, almost half way between Bodmin and Padstow Harbour. It is named after the 320 foot bridge across the Camel River which was built in 1468 and widened in 1849 with 17 spans.
Wadebridge has a number of hotels, tourist information centre and cycle hire. Around are various holiday cottages and bed and breakfast places. Local attractions include the Cornish Motor Museum, Lanhydrock House and the Donkey and Pony Sanctuary at St Kew.
Until 1468 the town had no bridge and was known as Wade. The bridge was constructed by Reverend Thomas Lovibond who was distressed with the number of people drowning in the river. Thereafter it was called Wadebridge. It was an important river crossing, and played a strategic part in the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell came with a substantial force to capture the bridge.
Wadebridge was linked to Bodmin by rail in 1834, this was the first steam train in Cornwall, and the first to carry passengers. At this point the place of Wadebridge as a travel destination began and has not stopped since. The town hall was built in 1886 and Wadebridge remained on the main route into western Cornwall. The line closed in 1967, and the track has now been converted into the Camel Trail, a 17 mile walking and cycling track that extends from Padstow to Bodmin Moor.
With the construction of a bypass, Wadebridge has become once again a peaceful town, full of shops and restaurants. It has some of the best arts and crafts galleries in Cornwall. Nearby in Egloshayle is the 12 century 'The Earl of St. Vincent' pub.
Wadebridge Tourist Information Centre
Wadebridge Town Hall,
Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7AQ
Phone: +44 (0)1208 813725