For surf lessons we recommend The Big Blue Surf School
For equipment hire – try The Surf Cabin in Bude, opposite Sainsburys
Bude’s dramatic coastline is home to many stunning beaches.
The area is great for surfers and body boarders or all levels. Here’s a few of our favourites;
Northcout Mouth is the nearest beach to Escallonia Cottage. It also happens to be one of our favourites. It’s about a twenty-minute walk from the cottage. At low tide you can walk along the beach into Bude and explore hidden shipwrecks. Children will love exploring the fine sand, many rock pools and stream, which runs down through the beach. Owned by the National Trust, it offers a slightly more secluded alternative to the main beaches.
Behind the beach there is Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden. Don’t leave without sampling one of her cream teas. They’re legendary. As is Margaret.
Duckpool is a thrilling and romantic cove. Flanked by Steeple Point Cliff it’s a distinctly wild setting. Duckpool hosts a retro ice cream van in the summer.
Summerleaze Beach is Bude’s main town beach. Great for families it’s spotless, safe and sandy. Summerleaze Beach is a big hit with surfers, and families alike.
The Natural Sea Pool is great for young children to have a paddle, or for more serious swimmers to get some lengths in.
You can hire beach huts for the day at Summerleaze. Just ask at the hit in front of the car park.
Crooklets offers a huge expanse of golden sand and rock pools to explore once the tide is out. It is popular with surfers, but also families who would prefer a beach without dogs. Head to Rosie’s for fish and chips or a marshmallow hot chocolate.
Widemouth Bay (pronounced Wid-Muth) offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools have their base there. Although it looks like one huge beach, stretching across almost 1.5 miles, it is actually divided into the North and South Beach (also called Black Rock) by a natural barrier of rock.
A National Trust owned beach that starts with a dramatic cliff top view from the car park. It’s a wonderful beach, and one of our favourites – with a vast expanse of sand, particularly at low tide.
It also has a good café.
Crackington Haven is a spectacular scenic area. The beach at high tide is mainly pebbles, but a good area of sand is exposed at low tide. Crackington lies within the Heritage Coast area.
Welcombe Mouth is a very secluded and quiet beach just over the border in Devon. When the tide is low it reveals a small beach of golden sand with many rock pools to be found along the fore shore. There’s a lovely waterfall here. You can marvel at the rock formations. Close by is the super Welcombe pottery, and near that is the Smithy Inn, which is great for a Sunday lunch.
Port Isaac is a beautiful and romantic fishing cove. Famed by the Fisherman Friends singers and Doc Martin. The place has a magical, enchanted feel to it.
At low tide there is a walkway along the beach to the jetty. This is great to go crabbing from.
Bude and the surrounding areas offer a wide range of places where you can eat for any budget.
10 Granville Terrace. Bude. EX23 8JZ
This place is sensational for food; breakfasts, brunch, lunch or an evening feast… plus some beautifully curated fashion and gifts. They also have a late license for an evening sundowner. Bloody Mary’s to die for. DO NOT MISS.
The Beautiful and the Feast
Try one of their Holiday Hampers packed full great local produce …. or even better get them to come and cook for you either at home or on the beach!
They also offer catering for anyone who has a special event or occasion to celebrate.
The Deck, Bude
01288 353846 thedeckbude.co.uk
Excellent for the family. Our childrens favourite place to eat. Kebabs, steaks, fish and burgers. A great family run restaurant. Very friendly and fantastic sea view.
The Coombe Barton Inn
01840 230345 coombebarton.co.uk
Great food and stunning location overlooking Crackington Haven beach.
Life’s a Beach, Bude
Overlooks the beach at Bude.
Great for breakfasts, Fish lunches and dinner.
Independent Pizza restaurant in Bude.
01288 255855 laboccabude.co.uk
The Old Smithy, Welcombe
01288 331305 theoldsmithyinn.co.uk
Sunday Lunch, Great Pub Food
St Kew Inn, St Kew
01208 841259 stkewinn.co.uk
Our favourite pub. Excellent food and a superb beer garden.
The Bush, Morwenstow
Olde World pub with huge beer garden and views to the sea.
Rick Stein’s, Padstow
Fifteen, Watergate Bay
Nathan Outlaw at The St. Endoc Hotel
01208 862 737
Outlaws Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park
Don’t panic, there’s still plenty to do if the rain descends.
The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
If you visit the UK’s largest Aquarium, prepare to be amazed by their fascinating underwater world and how they all play a part in conserving it. Children won’t be able to get enough of it and even the range of sea-life creatures the Aquarium holds will fascinate you. National-aquarium.uk
Why not take lunch at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth after visiting the Aquarium. www.royalwilliamyardharbour.co.uk
Some Royal Naval buildings have been renovated and now form cafes, bars, restaurants, museums and art galleries. Here are just a few favourites:
The River Cottage Canteen & Deli
The Royal William Bakery
From the first Sunday of March onwards, the best local food and drink in the South West is provided with over thirty stallholders from Devon and Cornwall. This event takes place between 10am and 3pm on The Green.
The Big Sheep
A great family day out www.thebigsheep.co.uk
The Milky Way Adventure Park
For a truly out of this world experience, don’t miss out on the fun at the Milky Way Adventure Park. It’s designed to be fun for parents as well as children. www.themilkyway.co.uk
Bude Splash Leisure Pool
Splash leisure pool in Bude is a large swimming centre with a 33 metre, 5-lane pool that also has a wave machine and flume.
Some of the best trail running in the country. Just head for the coastal path,or to the moors.
The Tarka Trail
Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon. www.tarka-country.co.uk/tarkatrust
The Camel Trail
One of the most popular cycle routes in the country, the Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. The Camel Trail provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside. Eight miles of flat cycle path with stunning scenery – great for any ability. You can also hire ‘tag alongs’ or buggies for babies. Try Fish and Chips from Rick Steins in Padstow.
Bridge Bike Hire 01208 813050
Bude also has some great cycle paths
We highly recommend Dragon Archery. It’s a great family day out and would be fine for Dragon Archery is set in the heart of the Devon countryside in a picturesque setting. It is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon learning the ancient skill of archery under expert tuition and supervision. You will need to book in advance. www.dragonarcherycentre.co.uk
Courses in sailing are available at Tamar Lakes
Upper Tamar Lake Sailing Club
Enjoy a lazy afternoon rowing down the Bude canal.
Bude Golf Club is an 18-hole links course in North Cornwall.
The Adrenaline Junkie
RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington rhs.org.uk
The Eden Project, St. Austell edenproject.com
The Lost Gardens of Heligan,
Art, Culture & Heritage
Cornwalls Outdoor Theatre minack.com
Tate St. Ives tate.org.uk/stives
Tintagel Castle english-heritage.org.uk
Bude Jazz Festival budejazzfestival.co.uk
Lundy Island lundyisland.co.uk