There’s no better way to explore than on foot. Numerous, well-marked footpaths and bridleways start, finish and pass through Bude ensuring you never need to walk the same path twice during your stay.
There's no better way to explore our glorious countryside than by foot. North Cornwall boasts one of the most beautiful wild coastlines in Cornwall. Bude offers numerous footpaths and bridleways to the coast and countryside you may not even walk the same one twice! Your sure to have plenty to explore whatever your ability, from conquering Northcott steps to sipping wine whilst taking in the breath-taking views at the 'Pepper Pot'.
The public footpaths are well maintained and signed, however believe it or not, there is no off road route into Bude itself which is truly baazar when you look out towards the coast and see all the green fields! Bude is walkable from Wooda and will take you approximately 30-40 minutes, the roads are all pavemented from the bottom of Poughill Village. There is a 20mph speed restriction through the village so it is safe to walk with children, pushcahirs and pets. Be prepared for a slight climb on the way back - although the Preston Gate Inn in Poughill makes a good resting point or you can catch a bus! The Coast Path takes you south to Crackington Haven and further to Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Issac. A 10 mile (16km) walk to Crackington Haven has an easy start at Bude Canal and takes you past the 'Tower of the Winds' where on a clear day you can see inland Devon and Dartmoor Tors. Pass Widemouth Bay and the walk gets tough; down to the deserted cove of Millook where the cliff strata is unmissable, through Butterfly Valley and past the stunted ancient Oak's at Dizzard. A cream tea or pint of Cornish ale will certainly be needed when you reach Crackington Haven. Continue for 6.7 miles (11 km) into Boscastle or catch the regular bus back to Bude!
Here are some recommended walks from Wooda;
Walking from Wooda to Northcott
- Out the main entrance of Wooda turn left
- Turn right at the crossroads towards Poughill
- Follow the road into the village
- Just past St Olaf's church, turn right
- Walk approximately 3 miles continuing to follow the lane
- At the next junction bare right (by the thatched cottage) and you will arrive at Northcott Mouth, where you can get a mouth-watering cream tea served by Margaret in a quite unusual setting. Margaret's Tearoom has been voted one of the best in Bude, its definitely worth a visit even if it's just for the views or lashings of cream
- To get back you Wooda you can either follow the way you came or walk along the cliff path to Crooklets
- From Crooklets follow Ocean View road towards Poughill, walk up through the village and take a left at the top to Wooda
Walking or Driving from Wooda to Sandymouth
- Heading out the main entrance of Wooda turn right, continue towards Stibb approximately 2 miles
- Turn left at the sign for Sandymouth, follow the road down towards the beach
- Then take the first left at Sandymouth, here you can park you car in the National Trust car park
- Take a walk along the rural circular paths (which may not be suitable for all users) and enjoy glorious views worthy of a picture postcard. Sandymouth even has its own waterfall to enjoy, along with superb surfing and dog friendly areas
- All the exploring of coves, myths of shipwrecks, pirates and mermaids may make you a little ravenous, so why not sit and relax with some good food & drink at Sandymouth's Beach Cafe; offering a number of indulgent meals including their mouth-watering Aberdeen Angus burger.
Walking or Driving from Wooda to Bude Canal
- Out the main entrance of Wooda turn left, at the main A39 turn right onto Stratton Road
- Continue through Stratton and at the 'T' junction turn right towards Bude
- Follow the road down past Morrison's, Budehaven school and the Esso garage
- At the mini round about take the first exist and then take a left into the Crescent car park
- From here you can walk left down the Canal and enjoy the wildlife you may see, people had fat balls from the trees to encourage birds and you may see the odd Canadian goose bobbing on the water
- Continue along the canal, you can either take the first or second left to enjoy some delicious Spanish Tapas at The Bank at Bude, the authentic Spanish ambiance they create is truly worth a visit. They offer a number if Tapas dishes along with main meals like paella with aromatic rice or succulent herbed pork and chorizo burger with caramelised red onions or even a jug of sangria in the mid-day sun
- If Tapas isn't your thing carry on down the Canal and walk over the bridge to come back towards the Crescent car park, you can then walk across the road for a traditional pub lunch at the Brendon Arms or Falcon Hotel. On the other hand continue along the Canal path to Marhamchurch, it's a lovely walk with large wooden chain link sculptures dotted around the Canal walk. You will eventually find the Weir Restaurant and Bistro which also has a outdoor play park and wildlife information center which is great for kids. The Weir prides themselves in buying seasonal produce which supports the local community, their extensive menu caters for all types of appetites perfect after a long Canal walk
- From the Weir you can walk back along the Canal path to the Crescent car park, taking in the countryside views then head back the way you came on the other side of the Canal or hop on a bus at Bude Strand
Walking or Driving from Wooda to the Rectory tea rooms and Hawkers Hut (for keen walkers)
- Heading out the main entrance of Wooda turn right towards Stibb
- Continue along the lane and turn left at the Sandymouth sign
- At Sandymouth you can park your car here and walk over the cliff path to the right, continue walking and you will pass a satellite station on your right
- You will then pass Hawkers Hut built by the famous Poet Robert Stephen Hawker in 1803-1875. Take a look inside and gaze out to sea, you can easily see how he was inspired by this idyllic spot. Carry on for 1/2 mile and turn right
- Follow the path into Morwenstow and you'll find the quaint Rectory Tea Rooms, which opened in 1950 and has been run by Jill & Richard Savage for over 22 years. The award winning Tearoom uses local produce were possible in all their homemade cakes, scones, delicious chutneys and soups; we also recommend their homemade traditional Cornish pasties filled with their own lamb and beef
- To get back to Sandymouth you will need to return the way you came and then back to Wooda
Driving to Crackington from Wooda - we recommend driving to Crackington first and then walking the circular path
- BY CAR: Out the main entrance of Wooda turn left towards the A39
- Take a right onto the A39, follow the road for 7.9 miles
- Just after the garage but before the pub turn right towards Crackington
- Follow the lane down and you will find yourself in a rocky picturesque beach setting, on your right you will see The Cabin Cafe where you can grab a bite to eat before exploring the coastal paths. The Cabin Cafe offers an array of homemade foods and cakes to suit any appetite
- From the car park head south walking along the coastal path towards Cambeak, at some points it can become steep and uneven so please bare this in mind
- The path with take you through hay fields rich with wildflowers and down the valleys at Tremoutha
- At the bottom of Cambeak to your left there is a short cut signed with a way marker, this joins back to the coastal path on the south side of Cambeak
- The main route will take you up a steep ascent with spectacular views on a clear day you may even see Lundy Island
- Continue along the path heading through fields with animals and wild birds until you reach a sign for Trevigue turn left here
- At the Trevigue sign there are two tracks take the left hand one across the grass to a gate in the wall, go through the gate and follow the path down the fields into the woods
- At the bottom of the hill take a left signposted Haven, the path may be muddy during wet periods.
- Walk through the woods down the valley; towards the end go over two footbridges and follow the track to the road.
- Go left at the road and head back to the car park and maybe into the Cafe for a refreshment!
The National Trust
The National Trust's website is a brilliant resource to find out about local walks and whats on at the National Trust properties in our area. Click here to go to their website.