Explore Bude On Cornwall's North Coast

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Explore Bude

With endless sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, a canal, acres of Cornish countryside, lakes, woodland, cycle trails and picture-perfect villages, Bude on Cornwall’s border with Devon, is the ideal location for a family holiday, a group trip with friends or a romantic getaway for two.

From walking to sightseeing, visiting local towns to action-packed fun-filled days, there is something to suit all ages and interests, whatever the weather.

Bude-tiful Bude

Unique and unspoilt, Bude is North Cornwall's premier resort. Breathtaking coastal scenery provides amazing views, and the rugged coastline is very popular with those who love to walk. This beautiful seaside town has a number of independently owned shops as well as a choice of high quality restaurants and cosy pubs – the perfect destination for those looking for a Cornish holiday by the sea.

Bude is very near the border with Devon so is within easy reach of Dartmoor and the picturesque village of Clovelly. Also within a short drive is the world famous Eden Project, and the pretty fishing villages of Boscastle and Port Isaac. A little further down the coast, Padstow is the largest of the north coast harbours. Bude does also have a little harbour providing moorings for a few small boats – perfect for fisherman to deliver the catch of the day to the lovely local restaurants.

Bude is renowned for its excellent surf and beautiful sandy beaches. A vast array of outdoor activities provide excitement for the whole family; the adrenaline junkies will love coasteering, whilst canoeing, boating, or sailing amongst many more will suit those who prefer something a bit more gentle! For the less athletic the Bude Canal, with flat tow-path walks, marshes, thriving wetland and recreational areas provide excellent access for birdwatchers, fishermen, walkers and cyclists. Those looking for history will find much to explore. Bude's maritime museum, canal and unique sea-lock boast the history of the town, along with the battleground at Stratton and the dozens of beautiful churches in the area.

Cute, friendly and offering something for everyone, Bude provides the perfect holiday base. Nearby family attractions will provide real value for money days out, and create memories to last a lifetime.

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Bude and the surrounding area

For more information on Bude and the surrounding area, please click here to download our guide

Walking from Wooda

There are many walks around Wooda and in the immediate surrounding area, all with various levels of difficulty.

Please click here to download our guide to Walking in Bude

Cycling

The variety of coastal, moorland and valley trails in North Cornwall is ideal for two-wheeled touring. In Bude, we have a vast network of quiet country roads, taking in both breathtaking coastal scenery and the un spoilt North Cornwall and nearby Devon countryside and villages – but beware, it is a little hilly!

You are able to cycle from Wooda into Bude, but it is a slight climb on the way back! The canal provides a great, flat route for children, and for those wanting to test their mountain bike skills, you can try our woodland trail here at Wooda!

For more information on cycling in Bude and the surrounding area, download our guide here

Outdoor Activities

Bude is the place to come to try your hand at a whole host of outdoor activities. From surfing lessons, to SUP, canoeing down the canal, rock climbing, coasteering – you name it you can try it here in Bude.

We work alongside a small, local activity firm, Atlantic Pursuits, who are trained and experienced in surfing and canoeing. You can book your lessons by calling Sam on 01288 321765 or 07974 718145.

You can also download more information on the outdoors here

Local Towns and Villages

Being situated near the Devon/Cornwall border provides us with an amazing location to explore all the beautiful towns and villages that both counties have to offer. From the quaint streets of Clovelly to the fishing village of Boscastle, you have so much opportunity to explore gorgeous towns and villages each offering something different. You’ll never be stuck for places to go!

Below is a snap shot of the villages we recommend to visit.

Boscastle is a National Trust fishing village with a small quay and beautiful walks through the Valency Valley and St Nectan’s Glen. It has several pubs; The Napoleon Inn and The Cobweb both serve lovely food and a delicious roast on a Sunday. (15 miles – 20 minutes)

Tintagel is one of the best known places in Cornwall, the birthplace of St. Arthur. The dramatic castle ruins sit high above the sea with wonderful views over the coastline. (18 miles – 25 minutes)

Port Isaac is a lovely 14th Century fishing village. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages creating a picturesque atmosphere. This unspoilt village was recently the setting for the television series Doc Martin. (26 miles – 40 minutes)

Clovelly is a privately owned village. The steep cobbled streets tumble down towards the harbour where fishing trips take place throughout the year. Pedestrians are able to walk down ‘Hobby Dive’ which meanders through beautiful woods, with beautiful views of the sea, coastline, village and harbour. There is a charge to enter the village. (15 miles – 25 minutes)

Rock is a small village situated on the edge of the Camel estuary. It has miles of beautiful sandy beaches, a cafe and a pub. A passenger ferry runs between Rock and Padstow in the summer months. (35 miles – 50 minutes)

Padstow is a fine example of a Cornish fishing port. Around the harbour, there are many craft, gift and clothes shops, artists’ studios and a homemade fudge shop, along with the pubs and restaurants serving good food and ‘real ale’. Padstow is also home to the famous ‘Seafood Restaurant’ run by Rick Stein. Wadebridge is a bustling little town. It has a lovely variety of individual shops ideal for browsing, along with many cafes and restaurants. (36 miles – 50 minutes)

Wadebridge is the start of the Camel Trail to Padstow or Bodmin, with Bridge Bike Hire providing an ideal place to hire bikes. (28 miles – 40 minutes)

Hartland is a quaint little village with a beautiful quay. It is home to 18th Century Hartland Abbey which is well worth a visit. (16 miles – 25 minutes)

Click here for more information on places to go and local towns and villages. 

Places to Eat

Bude has a fantastic array of restaurants giving you the opportunity to sample a variety of delicious cuisines.

The Courtyard Bar & Grill, Wooda Farm
Delicious homecooked food with a lovely atmosphere

The Preston Gate Inn, Poughill (www.prestongateinn.co.uk)
Pub food, very welcoming. Dog friendly and within walking distance from Wooda. Live music on Friday nights.

Rosie’s Kitchen, Crooklets Beach (www.rosieskitchen.co.uk)
Overlooking Crooklets Beach serving bistro food, coffees, breakfasts etc. Play area for children.

Tommy Jacks, Crooklets Beach, (www.tommyjacks.co.uk)
Newly opened, Tommy Jacks is a ‘chic beach brewpub’ offering locally sourced fish, hearty platters and stone baked pizzas – the perfect beach hangout.

The Falcon Hotel, Bude (www.falconhotel.com)
Bar food or an a la carte restaurant option

The Brendon Arms (www.brendonarms.co.uk)
Classic pub food offering a good variety of meals

Life’s a Beach (www.lifesabeach.info)
Enjoy beautiful sea food whilst overlooking Summerleaze Beach – perfect for a special occasion. A cafe by day and restaurant by night.

The Beach at Bude (www.thebeachatbude.co.uk)
A la carte dining overlooking Summerleaze Beach – another one perfect for a special occasion. Its a perfect place for a cocktail!

The Olive Tree, Bude (www.olivetreebude.co.uk)
Relax and enjoy alfresco dining or simply coffee and cake alongside the canal in Bude, or enjoy a delicious meal in the conservatory restaurant.

The Bay View Inn (www.bayviewinn.co.uk)
Variety of homecooked pub food with stunning views over Widemouth Bay. Children’s play area.

Riverlife Café & Bistro (www.riverlifebistro.co.uk)
Beautiful food served in relaxing atmosphere using own home reared meat from Meddon Farm

The Bank at Bude – Tapas Bar (www.thebankatbude.co.uk)
Enjoy beautiful tapas dishes in a cosy atmosphere overlooking the marshes in Bude.

Elements – Italian (www.elements-life.co.uk)
Chic Cafe/bar with a delicious selection of Italian food and stunning views of the coastline

The Tree Inn (www.treeinn.co.uk)
‘Oldy Worldy’ pub, delicious homecooked food in a cosy atmosphere

Hebasca – (www.hebasca.co.uk)
‘A modern, bold cocktail bar and a laid-back-to-the-nines grill restaurant’

Mirchi
Lovely selection of Indian cuisine, cosy atmosphere

Bude Tandoori
Exceptional Indian cuisine, relaxed atmosphere

Tiandi
Stunning Thai/Chinese food – a must!

Please click here to download a much more comprehensive list of places to eat in Bude and the surrounding area.

Things To Do

There is always plenty to do in Bude and the surrounding area, to suit all ages and interests.

Please see our days out page, or click here for some more ideas.

Here you will also find a list of the local market days and car-boots, everyone loves a bargain!

Useful Information

Here a is guide with a few pieces of information that you might find useful whilst planning your holiday, or whilst you are staying with us. Its always handy to know where the nearest supermarket, petrol station or doctors surgery is!

Don’t forget our friendly team are more than happy to help, so please just call us on 01288 352069, email us or pop into reception if you need any further assistance or information.