Live Life Like A Local
Hi I’m Emma 👋 – I’ve lived in Bude all my life and I feel so lucky to call it my home. If you’ve made the decision to stay at Wooda – good choice, you will not be disappointed! Here’s my guide on how best to live life like a Bude local…
They Call It Bude, I Call It Home
Cornwall has so much to offer and I feel so lucky to call it my home. Here I share some of my favourite places to eat and beaches to visit. They’re all within easy reach from Wooda…
Start your day the right way with a visit to the Electric Bakery – a must for some home baked pastry treats, melt in the mouth goodness! If you’re a coffee lover and need your fix head to House of Chaplin a cool new hot spot that will satisfy your caffeine needs. Head back to Wooda with your tasty treats, sit back and soak in the views – there’s really no better way to start the day!
Sun Kissed Skin & Sandy Toes
Whatever the weather Cornwall’s beaches are a must, they really do cleanse the soul. To us locals they’re what makes living here so special. Bude and the surrounding area have plenty to offer. My favourite way to take them all in and maximise the amount you see would be a low tide coastal walk. Starting at Sandymouth Beach (at National Trust car park) you can walk all the way along the beach to Summerleaze Beach, just don’t forget to check the tide times to time it perfectly. My tip would be to stroll across the beach and walk back across the cliffs taking in the spectacular sea views from high above. On clear days you can see as far down the coast to Trevose Head and heading back you’ll be able to spot the ‘big dishes’ (GCHQ) in Morwenstow. If doing the walk with children (or to just keep yourself amused!) look out for the sleeping dragon in the cliffs at Northcott, the old ship wreck buried in the sand and if you’re really lucky find a crab in the numerous rock pools alone the way!
A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a Cornish pasty for lunch. Heading into town Bude has plenty to offer, Polmorla@13, Pengenna Pasties and my favourite Tasty Pasties (just don’t forget cash as its cash only). Just the right amount of pepper and a crunchy crust, delicious! Head to the downs (at the top of Summerleaze/Crooklets Beach) or sit on the beach to enjoy and if it’s a good day for surf there’ll be plenty of surfers out for you to be able to watch.
The sweetest Cornish treat has to be a Cornish Cream Tea! One of my favourites, has to be The Rustic Tea Rooms – nestled along the river at Northcott Mouth. There is no other place that you’ll find more clotted cream on your scone than here!
The Rectory Farm Tearooms, is a 15 minute drive from Sandymouth to Morwenstow. A 13th Century building situated opposite the church and in my opinion serving the best cream tea around! The scones are made using a secret family recipe handed down through the generation. They are currently offering a take away service so one to remember even if you decide not to enjoy it in their garden.
The Hawker’s Hut
The Hawker’s Hut in Morwenstow is the National Trust’s smallest property and is well worth a visit. The hut was originally built by eccentric clergyman, poet and antiquarian, Robert Stephen Hawker. The hut is mainly constructed of timber and is partially built into the hillside (earth sheltered) with a turf roof. It was originally built from driftwood and timber retrieved from shipwrecks by the eccentric vicar and poet. Hawker spent many hours in the hut writing poems and smoking, perhaps inspired by the breath-taking views. The hut is accessible on foot from the coastal footpath via a short set of steps – it’s a gentle walk and easily achievable with little ones.
To round up your Cornish experience head back to Wooda, pour a chilled glass of white wine and sit back to enjoy the spectacular sunset that falls right in front you, knowing you really have picked the most perfect spot in North Cornwall!
However you choose to spend your time here, I hope Bude and Cornwall brings you as much joy as it does to me!