Bude, or Budehaven – Cornwall is a small town that stands on a small bay of Bristol Channel, at the mouth of the Bude canal, 1½ mile West of Stratton.
What makes Bude one of the best places to visit in Cornwall? That depends whether your idea of a good time is a walk with a beautiful view, rushing waves or just a good nose around one of the friendliest seaside towns you’ll ever explore. Visitors love the balance of laid back seclusion along with tempting local attractions and activities. Whichever way you decide to enjoy the area, you’ll never be short of things to do in Bude.
With Bude’s thrills, spills and pure escapism on the menu, this little town has big possibilities. Ramblers, riders, surfers and swimmers flock to our sunny, spotlessly clean beaches and wild coastline. However, a little-known secret is that Bude’s also fabulous for secluded golf courses and brilliant sea and coarse fishing.
The town itself is just made for mooching. Loaded with quirky, sun-kissed charm, you won’t find the huge chains. Instead, a buzzing hive of independent boutiques, unique bars and eateries epitomise Bude’s strong sense of local identity. Stay awhile, grab a coffee and let the world go by. Or, better still, tuck into a bowl of local mussels and watch the sunset over the dunes.
The town overlooks a wide bay of hard golden sand flanked by spectacular cliffs and protected by a breakwater. There is a seawater swimming pool under Summerleaze Downs which means safety for swimmers even at low tide. Bude’s Sea pool is approximately 290 feet long by 140 feet wide with a walkway around the edge.
Bude is famous for its Summerleaze and Crooklets beach. Two excellent lifeguard patrolled beaches with their+ extensive flat sands when the tide is out and are perfect for beach lovers of all ages. As well as the seawater pool, Bude now also boasts a large heated indoor leisure pool with flume, wave machine and cafe. Laser dome, trampolines, putting, floodlit tennis courts, mini-golf and go-karting close to the beaches all add to the family fun.
The popularity of Bude as a seaside resort dates from Victorian times, Bude has managed to retain its atmosphere of easy going charm whilst catering for the most discerning of modern day tourists.
Bude is a fabulous destination for a holiday in Cornwall anytime of the year.