Bude

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British Travel Awards 2016 - Best UK Coastal Resort - Gold Award

British Travel Awards 2015 - Best UK Coastal Resort - Gold Award

British Travel Awards 2014 - Best UK Coastal Resort - Bronze Award

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

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★★★★★ Visit Britain
North Coast > Bude > Crackington Haven
Whalesborough Cottages provide luxury 5 star gold award winning accommodation near Bude. Dog friendly with 500 acres to explore down to the beach at Widemouth Bay. Facilities include indoor pool and spa.

North Coast > Bude
Lovely family-friendly holiday park in the picturesque setting of Bude, just 1 mile from beautiful beaches! Holiday caravans & tent pitches touring caravans & motorhomes. Great on-site amenities: outdoor pool, bar, restaurant, seasonal entertainment.

★★★★★ Visit Britain
North Coast > Bude > South Coast > West Cornwall > Bodmin Moor + Tamar Valley
A fine selection of personally inspected, hand selected properties, all situated in superb coastal and rural locations throughout Cornwall. 

★★★★★ AA
North Coast > Bude
A 'grown-ups' only AA 5 star coastal B&B in Bude, with beaches, bars, cafés and restaurants within 100 yards. Enjoy amazing views from an elevated position overlooking the cliffs, coast & countryside of North Cornwall.

North Coast > Bude
Houndapitt is self catering complex is set just a mile from the sea and sandymouth Beach, enriched by rolling countryside. With a games room, play area, fishing lake our self-catering holiday cottages offer the perfect base for your holiday in Cornwall.

North Coast > Bude
With panoramic views of Summerleaze Beach, The Beach is sophisticated and relaxing. The buzzing bar and terrace are perfect for enjoying cocktails as the sun sets, and the restaurant features dishes that highlight Cornish produce.

★★★★★ AA
North Coast > Bude
5 star family run holiday park set in 40 acres of parkland with stunning views over Bude Bay and North Cornish coastline. Excellent facilities for touring and camping and luxury holiday homes for hire. 

★★★★Visit Britain
North Coast > Boscastle > Bude > Camelford > Delabole > Crackington Haven > Tintagel
Self Catering accommodation in Crackington Haven.  A spacious sunny cornish bungalow, tastefully furnished, sleeps 2-5 people. Conservatory, enclosed mature gardens, 3 patios and seating. Quiet location, walking distance to beach. Brochure on request.

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