Want to get away? Of course, you do! 

Why don’t you take a trip to Cornwall’s most northern seaside town, Bude! Bude’s heritage as a popular seaside resort dates back to the Victorian era. This scenic seaside landscape is the perfect location to view shipwrecks, unusual geology, and the picturesque stylings of nature. Today, you can escape to the countryside and escape the chaos of life. 

Although you can visit Bude anytime it comes to life in the summer. As the charming cafes and Edwardian hotels set to the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Do you like ice cream? Why don’t you take in the fresh air, and watch the local wildlife while having a scoop or two of ice cream. 

If this isn’t enough to sate your appetite, don’t worry there are plenty of other attractions you can enjoy whether on a romantic getaway, friendly outing, or family holiday. 

Keep reading for the full list of things to do in Bude: 

 

Make a Splash at the Sea Pool

 

Take a trip to Bude Sea Pool, a partially man-made located at Summerleaze Beach in Bude, Cornwall. In 1930 Bude first opened the 91m partially man-made Sea Pool. With only limited access across to Sea Pools across the UK. If you are an unconfident swimmer, or if you have children who haven’t been taught how to swim this is the perfect place to learn how to, away from the Atlantic Rollers. The Sea Pool swimming is 100% free, and floatation devices are available on request. You can also hire deck chairs and beach huts. For more information check out: http://www.budeseapool.org/.

 

Bude sea pool.

 

Exploring the Bude Canal

 

Want to go exploring? Hire out boats and pedalos from an hour up to a whole day and explore the Bude canal that was built in 1823. You can go fishing or if you are an animal lover why don’t you see how much wildlife you can spot. Find out more here: http://www.budeboathire.co.uk/.

 

Beach Bound

 

No matter the season or weather there will always be something to do. You can make a splash and soak your toes, or you can watch the waves crash upon the breakwater. Beaches in Bude and the surrounding areas provide quality surfing and swimming environments. Bude’s main beach is a popular destination for families with its large expanse of sand and breathtaking views. South you have Widemouth Bay an all-year-round dog-friendly expanse of sand with rock pools. It provides ideal surfing and body-boarding conditions. During the summer months, businesses have surfing lessons and lifeguard cover. If this sounds like you, why don’t you jump on in: http://www.ravensurf.co.uk/

 

A Geologic Expedition 

 

The coastline between Bude and Pentire point has been designated and an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). If you take a trip in the opposite direction you will be directed to an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). If you walk in either direction offers you will be presented with breathtaking views and captivating geology away from the disturbance of human crowds. Take a walk in the past as you pass unique rock formations, fossils, and the remarkable landscape. Did you know, Bude has it’s very own unique fossilised fish fossil? It’s called: Cornuboniscus Budensis. It is a toothy goldfish like creature and it isn’t found anywhere else in the world. Would you like to know more? Why don’t you take part in an all-year-round two-hour Geological Walk with Dr Roger Higgs a local geologist. It is currently held on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm. The walk starts at Bude Tourist Information Centre and it costs £15 for an adult and £8 for children. You must book in advance. 

 

Bude Walking.

 

Compass Point

 

Are you interested in sensational views? If you are then head to Compass Point and cast your eyes upon nature’s beauty. Did you know the structure atop Compass Point was once used as a coastguard lookout and was built by the Acland family in 1840? The compass points which have been inscribed within the sandstone is meant to have been based on a temple in Athens, the Temple of the Winds. It is the perfect location for a picnic.

 

Ascending the Precipice

 

Take advantage of the natural landscape as you rock climb and abseil Compass Point, Maer Cliffs, and Northcott Mouth. Before you begin your ascent or descent get advice from local experts and they will point you to a course that befits your experience level. For more information: Rock Climbing in Bude

 

Castle on the Hill

 

In 1830, Sir Goldsworth Gurney erected his castle overlooking the Summerleaze Beach. If you would like to know more information about the Castle and Sir Goldsworth Gurney head over to the heritage centre and they would be happy to answer any questions you have. In the heritage centre, you can see shipwrecks, local history, and fossils. In the 19th century, Bude saw more than 80 shipwrecks in a 50-year timespan. Want to learn more, or head to the Castle cafe? Check out: http://thecastlebude.org.uk/

 

Bude canal with Bude in the background on Summer's day.

 

Dedicated Walking Trails:

 

Bude to Northcott Mouth

Bude to Sandymouth Walk

Widemouth to Bude Walk

 

In the comments below, let us know when and what you tried!

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