Right up at the top of the North Cornwall coast, Bude lies just four miles from the Devon border and is nestled between two fabulous beaches. The town’s history is industrial; the Bude canal so vital to its past still plays an integral part in the life of the community, but today tourism is the mainstay of the economy, and with excellent surfing, wide expanses of sand beach and a good location for discovering the many delights of the area, there is little wonder that Bude has long since reinvented itself as one of the region’s principal holiday resorts.
There are two main beaches flanking the town; Summerleaze is closest to the center and is such is a family favourite in the summer with full amenities available. A seawater swimming pool has been built by the cliffs that back onto the beach, as the sea can recede to such a distance at low tide as to turn a quick dip in the sea into something of a trek. Further along, Crooklets is popular with surfers and water sports enthusiasts, and every conceivable surfing-related item, from boards to kit to lessons, can be arranged by the beach. Further options include Crackington Haven, with its dramatic backdrop of cliffs, Widemouth bay, Sandy Mouth, which has fine sands or rock pools depending on tidal conditions, and Duckpool, a tiny cove preferred by surfers.
In town, all manner of activities can be arranged. Water sports of all varieties, pony trekking from several nearby centres, golf at a number of clubs nearby, the pick of which is the Bude & North Cornwall links course, with its fine cliff top location above Summerleaze Beach. Many come to Bude to enjoy the walking provided by the South West Coastal Path, which passes through the town. Other routes can be enjoyed along the historic Canal area, including a number of guided and unguided routes available from the tourist office. The Canal, which stretches from Bude to Launceston and once allowed coastal merchant ships access to the inland regions of the county, is well used closed to Bude for fishing, boating and cycling, and is continually being maintained by enthusiasts who are extending accessibility. Some excellent, unspoilt routes follow the towpath and provide a natural environment for wildlife to flourish. For a family day out, or on wet weather days, families with children will find plenty to keep them busy at Brocklands Adventure Park, located just outside Bude. There are a multitude of play areas and activity centres for kids, from Playland, filled with soft play toys, skittle alleys, sand pits, ball pools and a bouncy castle to the areas for older children, with an interactive computer centre, bowling alley, go-karts, outdoor assault course, bumper boats, archery, racing cars, steam railway to name but a few of the attractions. A restaurant and other family-oriented services make this a great family day out.
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