About the neighbourhood
A visit to Wadebridge opens up the Camel Estuary and Betjeman Country, the clean sandy beaches of Rock, Polzeath and Daymer Bay, Port Isaac and Padstow, all are within easy reach of Wadebridge and make perfect days out on any holiday or short break.
The initial settlement of Wade, the name of Wadebridge before the bridge was built, owed its existence to a ford in the River Camel. In the 15th century, the Reverend Thomas Lovibond, the vicar of Egloshayle, on the south side of the river, distressed at the large number of deaths during crossing, both of people and livestock, planned the building of a bridge which was completed in 1468 – hence Wade became Wadebridge and it revolutionised life in the town.
Wadebridge (Cornish translation: Ponsrys) is a lovely little market town located in North Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, it has a current population of 6,222. The town is located on the pretty Camel Estuary, it is 5 miles upstream from the harbour town of Padstow.
For a long time Wadebridge had problems with traffic congestion, but since 1991 when the Wadebridge bypass was opened together with the Egloshayle bypass, the two settlements have regained much of their former Cornish charm. The main shopping high street in Wadebridge (called Molesworth Street) has since become pedestrianized through an inner link road, allowing traffic free shopping all day long.