Life on the trail
Wadebridge takes its name from the 15th century bridge built to cross the river at the settlement once called Wade. It was so strategically relevant that Oliver Cromwell brought his soldiers here during the English Civil War to suppress the Royalists in Cornwall. But like many other similar Cornish market towns, in changing fortunes Wadebridge has had to reinvent itself. Agriculture is still important to this area - there is a permanent showground where the Royal Cornwall Show is held in June every year - but it is tourism that dominates today.
The axing of the railway line in 1967 was a loss, but also provided an opportunity as the level area where tracks once ran is now the basis of the popular Camel Trail for walkers, horse-riders and cyclists. It provides easy access for wheelchair users and families with children in pushchairs. Wadebridge is the hub with six-mile routes inland to Bodmin or towards the coast and Padstow.
The old Regal Cinema, for its proper old-fashioned interior and friendly staff, and the wide range of shops in the town centre – from trendy boutiques to traditional hardware shops.
The old railway station was preserved after the line closed and now has a room dedicated to poet Sir John Betjeman with lots of memorabilia. He lived nearby and worshipped at St Endellion Church and is buried at St Enodoc – both worth a visit.