Pastel painted beach huts line sandy white beaches in the small seaside town of Bude. Tucked up in North Cornwall’s corner, Bude boasts two beaches, Crooklets for stand-out surf and Summerleaze, with its unique tidal swimming pool. The town retains an air of genteel seaside charm which locals and visitors still love to this day. Breathe in the fresh sea air and listen to the gulls call as salt crisps on your skin. Ice cream anyone?
Sandwiched between some of the Atlantic Highway’s most wild and rural sections, drive 10 minutes along the winding coastal roads and you’ll reach the rugged fringe of Widemouth Bay. Listen to birdsong as you pedal boat along the canal, feel the exhilaration of bumpy trails and wind in your hair on the cycle paths, or wind down with a slow round of golf. It’s all part of the charm of this seaside town.
With its picturesque location on Bude’s historic canal, The Olive Tree is the perfect place for eating out – or saunter further along the waterfront for a range of cafes, tea rooms and ice creams. In town, you’ll find plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy, while the nearby Weir Bistro, Bangor’s Organic Restaurant or Elements in Widemouth Bay are worth the short car drive.
Dogs are welcome on both Crooklets and Summerleaze Beach out of season, with restricted times in place between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31.
Bude town centre runs on a slight hill but is incredibly access friendly. Crooklets Beach offers parking, level access and showers, while Summerleaze Beach offers disabled access, disabled toiles and a disabled sand chair – please contact Bude TIC.