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A Day In Bude

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Bude is a beautiful seaside town situated in north Cornwall, popular with tourists for its charm and relaxing atmosphere.

Surrounded by stunning views, Bude looks over a wide bay of golden sand and stunning cliffs. There’s so much to explore, creating a perfect family day out with loads of exciting activities to get stuck into.

Bude Canal

The Tourist Information Centre is a great first stop with your visit to Bude – you will be able to access leaflets and guidance of your fun day ahead! With plenty of parking, you will be right beside Bude Canal – a stunning area for a lovely stroll beside the water’s edge.

You will find loads of activities and fun happening as you walk along the canal. Watch families play about in the water on pedaloes or be greeted by friendly faces as people cycle by.

Water sports

Water sports are a popular activity in Bude, providing an amazing chance to enjoy this seaside town through a healthy and active way. From canoeing to sailing – go create a splash!

Head to the Bude Canal, a great place for families to come together and hire pedaloes, canoes from Bude Rowing Boats. It’s a fun activity for those with little experience and fancy a leisurely time on the water – providing an exciting few hours for everyone to enjoy.

For something a little more exhilarating, there are plenty of places in Bude where you can grab a stand up paddle boarding lesson or head to the beach and try a spot of windsurfing! Tamar Lake also provides a location perfect for water sports, or a stroll around this beautiful location.

Don’t forget that Bude offers a fantastic coastline for surfers for its great waves. There are plenty of Surf schools if you want to learn the art of surfing in one of the most iconic areas in Cornwall.

Sandy toes

When it comes to beaches in Bude, there’s an incredible choice of sand and sea to choose from. With a dramatic coastline, pastel shades of beach huts and adventure to be found around every corner – you won’t be disappointed.

When the summer arrives, Bude is loved for its facilities, atmosphere and range of beaches. Grab your towel, a picnic and also your surfboard because Bude is a hot spot for surfers to enjoy. The kids will be having so much fun discovering rock pools, searching for wildlife and enjoying the Cornish fresh air!

Summerleaze Beach is a favourite, providing a perfect spot for longboarders, a sea pool for swimmers and pretty pastel beach huts creating a magical spot for families to enjoy all year round.

What beaches can I visit?

  • Summerleaze Beach
  • Widemouth Bay Beach
  • Black Rock Beach
  • Millook beach
  • Sandymouth Beach
  • Duckpool Beach
  • Crooklets Beach
  • Northcott Mouth Beach

Bude Castle

Visit Bude Castle for an exploration of art, research and history. Be amazed by the exhibitions focusing on Bude’s rich history and its transformation from a port to a surfing destination loved by many.

Admire the variety of art displayed upon the walls, from paintings to pottery. The Willoughby Gallery offers a chance for artists to have their art work on show. The gallery showcases community groups, schools, art and craft organisations and local art and craft makers.

Castle Bude was once the home to Victorian Inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, you will learn all about his inventions. This includes the very castle built upon sand and also the world’s first mechanised road vehicle to travel over a distance and at a sustained speed. Not only that, Gurney invented the Bude Light which lit Trefalgur Sqaure and the Houses Of Parliament for over sixty years.

There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy, especially in the garden where the family can play a selection of games such as Croquet, Smite and Noughts and Crosses. It’s also a fantastic area to enjoy a picnic in the sun, explore the gardens and find comfort on one of the benches during your visit.

Feeling peckish? Head to the castle’s Café Limelight, serving tasty locally made cakes and creamy coffee.

It’s free admission, making a perfect activity for an afternoon in Bude – especially if the weather is not on your side!

For the foodies

Bude is bursting with tasty treats to get stuck into. With a number of places to visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s plenty of tearooms and cafes to choose from for a light bite or snack including: Café Limelight, Life’s A Beach and Chic. You will also find places for delicious sea food dishes and a whole variety of dishes to choose from.

Take a tour of the seaside town

There’s some amazing ways you can experience the town of Bude. Fancy horseback or perhaps a traditional walking tour?

Dr Roger Higgs provides amazing walking tours around Bude to discovery the geological areas in Bude and the surrounding areas. The tours start at the Tourist Information Centre and run on Monday afternoons at 2pm. It’s a great way to gain an insight into the wonderful history of rock formations, fossils and a fun few hours spent with Roger!

This summer you can look forward to carriage rides through Bude! This fantastic form of transport will definitely get the kids excited – and the adults too. Starting from the castle, you will be able to gain snaps of your family and the horses in front of the stunning setting. Travel through Bude and admire the beautiful Bude Canal and beach views.

Get your walking boots on!

There are so many walking routes throughout Bude, offering stunning views and a perfect chance to enjoy the Cornish fresh air.

The footpaths and bridleways are so easy to follow, with markings and information available. Take a stroll along Bude Canal and follow the route down towards the abundant wildlife of Bude Marshes. Bude to Marsland Mouth provides a stunning route, on the Devon boarder where you can experience the most remote coast in England.

Bude is a fantastic area for a family outing. Whether you want to make a splash or simply relax on one of the town's sandy beaches – it will be a day well spent. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir in the Tourist and Information Centre before you head back home.

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