Wadebridge (/ˈweɪdbrɪdʒ/; Cornish: Ponswad) is a town and civil parish in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The town straddles the River Camel 5 miles (8.0 km) upstream from Padstow. The enduring population was 6,222 in the census of 2001, increasing to 7,900 in the 2011 census. There are two electoral wards in the town (East and West). Their total population is 8,272
Originally known as Wade, it was a dangerous fording narrowing across the river until a bridge was built here in the 15th century, after which the name distorted to its present form. The bridge was expediently important during the English Civil War, and Oliver Cromwell went there to accept it. Since then, it has been widened twice and refurbished in 1991.
Wadebridge was served by a railway station amid 1834 and 1967; part of the descent now forms the Camel Trail, a recreational route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The town used to be a road traffic bottleneck upon the A39 road until it was bypassed in 1991, and the main shopping street, Molesworth Street, is now pedestrianised.
The town has a secondary college where several notable sports-people were educated. The Royal Cornwall Show is a three-day agricultural pretend held at the straightforward Royal Cornwall Showground every June, and the 5-day Cornwall Folk Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday.