Staying the Night In: Wadebridge

Get an early start by staying the night in Wadebridge…

If you’re travelling a long way to get to the Camel Trail then give yourself a break by staying the night in Wadebridge before setting out on your cycle.

The best time to start out on the Camel Trail is early in the morning and whilst no one likes getting up at the crack of dawn, you’ll be able to enjoy clearer tracks and more pleasant riding conditions if you stay close to the trail in Wadebridge.

Whilst there might not be as much of interest in Wadebridge as there are things to do in North Wales, this small town is only 5 miles upstream from Padstow and offers much more affordable prices than its neighbour. There isn’t the same level of haute cuisine here, but there are still plenty of restaurants to eat at that won’t break the bank. At around the halfway mark on the Camel Trail, Wadebridge is a great location to venture out from and puts you within an hour’s cycle of either end of the trail.

These are our favourite places to stay in Wadebridge organised to suit different tastes:

The Cosy Option: West Brae House B&B

Built all the way back in 1897, West Brae House is the perfect choice for visitors looking for cosy homespun charm, rather than a soulless hotel experience. There are two double rooms here with a shared bathroom for both. What West Brae might lack in facilities it more than makes up for in privacy and space. During the summer guests can make the most of al fresco breakfasts and with Wadebridge’s town centre just a 5 minute walk away you’re super close to the Camel Trail!

The Traditional Room: Molesworth Arms

‘The Moley’, as it’s known affectionately by the locals, is one of the most popular drinking holes in Wadebridge which also happens to offer some very comfortable accommodation options too. This 16th century coaching inn has been given a modern update in recent years bringing it up to stylish fashion whilst retaining its core historical features. Each room comes with an en-suite, Wi-Fi, television and includes a traditional cooked Cornish breakfast.

For Rooms with a View: Wadebridge Eco Friendly B&B

Steve is your host at this AA 5-Star Highly Recommended B&B where as much thought is put into environmental protection as your freshly cooked breakfast. Steve is sure to give you a thoroughly warm welcome at his B&B, the icing on the cake is the fantastic location. Two of the three rooms offer stunning views over Wadebridge and onto the River Camel,making his environmentally friendly B&B truly one not to miss.

The Self-Catering Option: Willow Cottage

Although Willow Cottage might feel somewhat rustic in comparison with the other options on this list, it’s an ideal pick for small families or groups looking for a unique rural stay at a very low price. Just a short walk away from Wadebridge town centre, this cottage has all the amenities that you’d expect from a self-catering cottage and comes with one double room, a twin room and single room – as well as two bathrooms.

Staying the Night In: Padstow

Cycle to Padstow then stay for the night!

The best way to cap off a glorious day’s cycling is with a hot meal and a cosy bed.

The Camel Trail offers visitors to Cornwall an accessible way of seeing both the dramatic coastline and the peaceful riverside forests, but after a day on the saddle you might prefer to make a beeline straight to your bed for the night, rather than face a long drive home. If you work in internet marketing in Liverpool or even a butcher in Macclesfield and are thinking about spending more than just a day down here then you should consider booking a place to stay in advance, so that you can grab a quick shower then enjoy the rest of your evening in the charming town of Padstow before putting your head down for the night.

We’ve had a nose around the popular seaside town for you and picked out a handful of our favourites all tailored to different tastes in accommodation:

The Cosy Option: Tor View B&B

A British B&B done well is a real thing of beauty. Crisp linen and homely touches, as well as a generous breakfast, are all on offer at Lisa and James’ successful yet simple B&B. You’ll get good views of the nearby Estuary from a few of the rooms with Bodmin Moor visible on a clear day. Their breakfasts are well laid out with enough options to keep even the most discerning diners happy including a traditional cooked breakfast, smoked salmon with eggs and freshly cooked croissants.

The Traditional Room: Old Ship Hotel

Four-poster beds, mahogany furniture and wood panelling are on offer at the Old Ship Hotel which is about as traditional as you’d imagine it to be. The rooms are stylishly presented, clean and comfortable, offering visitors a chance to stay right in the heart of Padstow without having to pay the kind of hefty price tag that you’d normally expect. The Old Ship also serves wholesome food in the pleasant, airy restaurant downstairs.

For Rooms with a View: The Metropole Hotel

The Metropole was built in 1904, making it one of Padstow’s oldest hotels and has hosted many famous guests over the years, such as The Prince of Wales. It’s a popular destinations for golfers, offering a 4-star standard that can be hard to find in Padstow, as well as a AA Rosette for the Fine Dining food on offer in the restaurant. Refurbishments and extensions have added a spa, so you can treat yourself to a massage once you’re done with cycling for the day.

The Self-Catering Option: Sunbeam Cottage

If you’d much rather avoid the fussiness of hotel service then you can check yourself into your very own home. Sunbeam Cottage is perfect for a family of four with one double room and another twin (both with en-suites). Originally a Fisherman’s Cottage, this cosy home now comes with all the mod-cons that you’d expect from a 4-star accommodation including a good-sized kitchen diner and kitchen.

Whilst You’re Here: Fun Days Out

There’s plenty to see and do whilst you’re here!

If you’ve made the trip down to Cornwall, why not stick around to see some of the sights?

Cornwall is rife with historical houses, landmarks and activities that are well worth doing. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or as part of larger group there’s something here for all ages whatever your budget.

Before you make the journey down to cycle the Camel Trail, take a look at what else you could do so you can book some tours and experiences:

Prideaux Place

Unlike many other historic homes in Cornwall, Prideaux Place has remained within one family for the entirety of its near 500 year existence. Fourteen generations of Prideaux’s have lived in this Elizabethan manor and the current owner Peter Prideaux-Brune is still welcoming visitors for guided tours. Besides the extremely well preserved architecture you’ll find a stunning array of art from throughout the centuries, as well as historic collection of Teddy Bears!

Stepper Point

Less of a tourist location and more of a coastal landmark, the men and women that man the Stepper Point lookout do so voluntarily, as a safeguard measure for those using the sea and beaches nearby. The lookout has undergone significant renovations since it was reopened in 2000, however it remains more or less the same size – just a small hut that offers its occupants a a wide perspective across the stunning Cornish coast.

Padstow Sealife Safari

Step aboard a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and explore the dramatic coastal line of Cornwall from the most advantageous angle. The trained skippers at Padstow Sealife Safari have years of experience in taking guided tours out from their base in Padstow. They can take you on a 2-hour safari on the look-out for sea-life, a 1-hour seal cave experience or a coastal tour at high speed for an hour – just don’t expect to see much wildlife whilst you’re whizzing across the surf!

Trevose Head Lighthouse

Built in 1847, this lighthouse was automated in 1995 but still cuts a striking shape on the landscape. At 27 metres tall the Trevose Head has a range of 23 miles on a clear night. Although the lighthouse is closed to visitors, the area of Trevose Head offers a particularly stunning example of Cornish landscape with 2.3 miles of coastline and 1.6 miles of coastal path to wander along. Make Trevose Head your home for the weekend and stay in one of a few cottages for hire there.

Bodmin Jail

First opened in 1779, Bodmin Jail held prisoners for 150 years and oversaw 50+ hangings during this time. Since the prison’s closure in 1927 many sections of the prison complex have been left to ruin but a portion of it has been preserved as a tourist attraction and venue. Despite its macabre history, the Jail is now a celebrated location for weddings, parties and music events – take a look at their website to see if you can coordinate your visit with one of their regular events.