Discover Bude

Discover Bude

Discover Bude - in a nutshell

Bude is a great family resort and famous for its pastel painted beach huts, crazy golf and wide sandy beaches. Once a busy commercial port, Bude blossomed as a holiday destination in the 19th century when the train came to town and tourists took their first tentative dips in the Atlantic. Today the town still retains that air of genteel charm putting it somewhere between up-to-date resort and nostalgic getaway. The town’s beaches (there are two massive sandy ones) are perfect for long summer days building sandcastles or getting in some surf lessons.

The town centre has a good mix of independent shops so you won’t go short of souvenirs. From the town there are great walks along the highest sea cliffs in Cornwall. Nearby you’ll find some titbits of local history and some of the most dramatic beaches in the county.

Reasons to visit Bude

  • Vast expanses of clean, golden, sandy beaches, often backed by rugged cliffs
  • Fantastic surfing and watersports
  • Brilliant walking - explore the coast and beaches and geology
  • Great for activities - cycling; horse-riding; rock-climbing; abseiling; fishing; golfing and more
  • Several nature reserves in and around the area 

Things to do in Bude

Hire a beach hut for the day at Summerleaze Beach. Set on wooden decking right on the beach and painted in pretty pastel shades, the spacious huts can be your beachside retreat for the day. Settle down in a deck chair, and relax. Book from the tourist information office

Visit the Bude Heritage Centre at the Castle by the canal. There’s an exhibition about Bude’s fascinating geology and history and free entry art gallery. Have a bite to eat in the café where you’ll get a taste of local food plus a great view out over the sea

Hire a rowing boat or pedalo and spend an hour messing about on the Bude canal. Prices are around £8 per hour and you can row or pedal a fair way up the canal. Available at the Wharf

The Breakwater on Summerleaze Beach and the right side of Crooklets Beach are great places for crabbing. The tourist information centre sells the equipment you’ll need along to catch the critters and also have reference books to help identify the wildlife you’ll find on the beach

Take the easy going 10 mile circular Planekeepers Path walk following the route of the canal from Bude to the inclined plane at Hobbacott, returning on country footpaths and quiet lanes via the ancient town of Stratton. Guide leaflet available from the tourist information centre

Have some fun at Bude Haven Recreation Park where you’ll find all manner of ball based activities. Pitch and putt, crazy golf, table tennis and squash courts. Perfect if the weather’s a bit dull

You can learn more about the area’s amazing geology with expert Dr Roger Higgs. Get a guided tour and discover exactly what happened when Africa collided with Europe 345 million years ago

Bude Tourist Information Centre

Bude Tourist Information Centre has knowledgeable staff who can help with any local queries. They offer daytrips to Lundy Island, sailing from Bideford or Illfracombe. For walkers, they may be able to hold your luggage or arrange for it to be sent to your next destination. You'll also find the new Canal Visitor Centre; a hands-on and informative display, where you can learn more about the famous Bude Canal.

Beaches in the Bude area:

Sandymouth beach 
Duckpool beach
Northcott Mouth beach
Crooklets beach
Summerleaze beach 
Crackington Haven beach  
Widemouth Bay beach

Useful Bude links

Bude Tourist Information Centre  
Bude map 
What's on in Bude 
Things to do in Bude 
Bude holiday accommodation  
Bude hotels  
Bude B&Bs  
Bude camping 
Bude caravan sites  
Bude holiday parks  
Bude self catering  
Bude cottages  
Bude beaches

What’s nearby

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