As Alfred Lord Tennyson expressed in his poem The Birth of King Arthur, the open shores have long made Bude a surfer’s paradise.
It is where Cornwall begins – wide expanse of golden sand, wild coastline and pounding surf. It is only a ten-minute drive from Widemouth Bay, along a winding coastal road, where Black Rock sits on the horizon.
Once a busy commercial port, Bude blossomed as a holiday destination in the nineteenth century. The train from London brought tourists to the seaside town to take their first dip in the Atlantic. Today the town still retains that air of genteel charm, making it the perfect destination for a Cornish nostalgic getaway. Every day cares seem to melt away. Long summer days spent on the beach building sandcastles or riding the waves which roll onto the beach.
Stroll along the wharf, which is lined with artisan shops, cafes and restaurants, and take the time to sit back and relax with a coffee and a slice of cake. Watch the boats sail down the canal and people pass by on their way to the beach.
(The Olive Tree Cafe and Bistro.)
On the canal rowing boats and pedalos can be hired – perfect for a leisurely few hours on the water. For a truly unique experience, dine aboard a canal boat called The Barge with beautiful views and freshly caught seafood.
In the summer months, the waterfront comes to life with the Bude Farmer’s Market, which runs every Friday from 10am until 3pm. Held on the green, overlooking the canal, the farmer’s market offers a selection of food produce, craft and flowers, perfect for souvenirs and goodies to take back to your self-catering accommodation.
Further along the canal, it’s hard not to miss the tall towers of Bude Castle. Formerly the home of Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, The Castle is now a heritage centre with exhibition galleries. It also has an archive with research facilities, an education room, shop and restaurant which overlooks the water.
Onward to Summerleaze beach, where a wide expanse of golden sand flanked by rugged cliffs sits on the ocean’s edge. Here, beachcombing, crabbing, rockpooling and surfing can be enjoyed. There is also a sea pool for swimmers seeking shelter from the Atlantic. The beach is decorated with pastel beach huts which can be hired for the day from Bude Tourist Information Centre. From here, you can book several activities to enjoy during your stay. Surfing lessons, SUP, sailing, windsurfing, archery, rock climbing, horse riding and cycling. There are a number of recommended cycle routes. Travel south to Widemouth Bay, north to Northcott Mouth and inland to the villages of Stratton and Marhamchurch.
Away from the water, Bude’s town centre has a good mix of independent and high street shops. The village’s Stand Shopping Centre is filled with unique finds and gifts to take home including homemade chocolate from Sweet P Confectionery.
(David Stephens Glass Art.)
(The Workshop Bude.)
From the town there are great walks along the highest sea cliffs in Cornwall, which overlook Summerleaze and Crooklets beach.
Voted the Best UK Coastal Resort in the British Travel Awards, Bude offers visitors pure escapism. For those seeking adventure on their self-catering holiday, the town is just a stone’s throw from the Devon border. Continue discovering the wild coastline into north Devon or take a short drive to Exeter for some retail therapy.
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