Are you planning your annual vacation or just need a quick getaway from it all? We invite you to consider Bude, Cornwall. If you have never heard of Bude, we hope that we can pique your interest and you will end up loving Bude as much as we do!
What are the top attractions to visit in Bude?
You will certainly not be bored in Bude and many of the attractions are family-friendly which is an added bonus if you have kids.
There is certainly a lot to do in Clovelly Village. You can explore the Kingsley Museum, the Clovelly Court Gardens, or the quaint Fisherman’s Cottage. It all has a wonderful rustic vibe to it.
Your children should definitely see Owl Magic which is a delightful presentation on bird of prey. Your older kids can take part in creative workshops like Rowan Tree Studio and Clovelly Pottery and Silk Craft Workshops.
If you want to hit the water, you can look into diving, angling, or boat trips. Or you and your family can fish from the old harbour wall.
There is always something to do at Clovelly Village.
The Bude tunnel is 70 m long. It is absolutely free to use. Visitors love it because you can walk from the car park in Sainsbury to Crooklets Road undercover. You can enjoy your walk without being bothered by the elements. The tunnel is see-through so as you walk you can still enjoy the view.
If you are into history and would like to learn about Bude on your trip, the Bude Castle should definitely be on your sightseeing list. You can visit Bude castle for free. There are two galleries, a café, a gift shop, and the Heritage Centre.
You can really enjoy a truly relaxing day at Bude Castle and you and your family can learn a bit about the English Civil war, the geology of the area and so much more.
You can enjoy drinks and light refreshments and it’s also a dog friendly zone too.
Once you are in Bude, you will definitely notice the Bude Canal. It was built in the 1820s.
The canal flows through the countryside. In the past, the canal connected the lime-rich sand quarries to the Bude Harbour.
Now you can hire kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats to enjoy this iconic waterway.
This is a wonderful spot to spend the day. If you are into water sports, you will be in your element. You can go canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or sailing.
It’s also a great picnic spot or you can grab a bite at the café. It is also ideal for the nature lover who loves walks. Tamar Lakes has the best walking trails!
We recommend calling first to make sure the center is open, and you can book activities in advance.
If you like long walks the Southwest Coast Path is idyllic. However, an additional treat can be found along the route. The Compass point is a unique building that is found on the cliffs on the southern side of the Bude Canal. It is octagonal in shape and was built with sandstone found in the area in 1840.
The compass points are carved onto the 8 sides of the building. It was moved to its current spot in 1880 where it was a coastguard lookout. Its design pays homage to the Temple of Winds in Athens.
Pop in if you are on the path.
What are the best Bude beaches?
Summer vacations are incomplete without the beach! And Bude does not disappoint. Here are some of our top Bude beaches that you are welcome to explore.
Northcott Mouth Beach
Northcott is an awesome rocky cove that tapers into a sandy beach. There a rock pools for the kids. There is a little stream that crosses the beach. It also provides excellent waves for surfers.
It’s dog-friendly and has lifeguard coverage during the months.
This sandy beach is a crowd favorite, you can walk to it from the center of Bude. There is adequate parking. You can rent a beach hut and beach chairs. There is also a café conveniently situated on the beach
Summerleaze Beach is a hit with surfers and families alike. It is also quite safe for swimmers and there is lifeguard coverage from May to September, the Easter weekend, and October. The sea pool is a special treat for visitors. Dogs are allowed on the beach from May to September, but they must be on their leads from 10 am- 6 pm.
The facilities for the disabled are impeccable as well, so everyone can enjoy Summerleaze Beach.
Crooklets Beach is a wonderful family beach that is blessed with golden sands and reveals rock pools for kids to explore at low tide.
There are beach huts, play areas for the children to enjoy, and even a café should you need refreshments.
If you are a veteran surfer, you will also like the waves at Crooklets beach.
This Is predominantly a surfer beach. The waves are consistent and manageable even for a surfing novice.
You can even learn to surf at Widemouth Bay. There are schools that offer one-off classes or camps, depending on how long your holiday stay is.
It could be your next adventure!
Where can I stay when I am visiting Bude in Cornwall?
Allow us at Avalon Guesthouse Newquay to make your holiday as effortless as possible. Our guesthouse welcomes every kind of tourist. The needs of families, couples, businessmen, and businesswomen are all carefully catered to at Avalon Guesthouse Newquay.
Even though we are in a much better place regarding Covid 19, we continue to maintain the highest sanitization standards. All common areas and rooms are sanitized regularly. Your health and safety are important to us.
We remain affordable and we are committed to delivering impeccable customer service.
Bude in Cornwall is certainly a holiday destination worth looking at whether you love the water, love historical sites or are a nature lover. There is something for everyone at Bude.