the inside track

We fell in love with this area over 10 years ago. There’s so much to do we thought we’d share our inside track on what we love to do, to help you get the best out of your time here.

We highly recommend booking all activities and restaurants ahead if you are staying during school holidays.

Here is our insider guide;

  1. Swim, paddle or float in the natural sea pool at Summerleaze in Bude.
  2. Head to our restaurant, Temple, for some seriously good food and organic wine.
  3. Go crabbing or rock pooling at Northcott Mouth Beach and follow that with an artery busting cream tea at Margaret’s famous Rustic Tea Garden.
  4. Get our friends at Beautiful and the Feast around to cook for you… you won’t be disappointed!
  5. Spend the day at the beautiful Crackington Haven.  There is a good pub there – the Combe Barton _  which has wonderful sea views. Or just sit on the bridge, take in the view and have a pint.
  6. Head to the wonderful Summerleaze beach with a bodyboard. You can hire boards and wetsuits from Ian at the Surf Cabin opposite Sainsburys.
  7. Spend some time at Sandymouth beach, one of our favourites. It has a National Trust carpark and a small café.
  8. Visit ‘The Deck’ which overlooks Summerleaze beach. Friendly hosts and great food. It’s our kids favourite place to eat.
  9. Hit the waves. Try a surf lesson with The Big Blue Surf School.
  10. Visit the romantic fishing village of Port Isaac (of Doc Martin fame). Have a fish lunch at Outlaws.
  11. Every Tuesday night – Alex makes the most wonderful wood fired pizzas – you have to book ahead and collect from Stratton.
  12. Visit the beautiful Trebarwith Strand beach. Make sure it’s not high tide. Head to the St Kew Inn for supper. It’s our favourite pub.
  13. Spend a day at the North Devon Wake Park.  You can try wake-boarding, but they also have a brilliant Aqua Park there.
  14. Buy some straight from the sea, fresh lobster from the wet fish shop in Widemouth. Great on the BBQ.
  15. Walk or run any part of the South West Coastal Path.
  16. Have a sundowner at the Beach Hotel in Bude. Their sunny terrace has wonderful sea views.
  17. Visit Lanhydrock House – you’ll feel like you’re in Downton, the kids will think they’re in a castle.
  18. Head to Boscastle for the day. Boscastle is oh so pretty. Eat at the Rocket Store. Wonderful tapas. There’s also a great Farm shop with incredible sea views.
  19. Cycle the Camel Trail to Padstow from Wadebridge and try a deep-fried scallop at Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop when you get there.
  20. For a rainy day out, try the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth then the Royal William Boatyard for lunch.
  21. Check out the Rebel Cinema – just off the A39. A bit retro and big squashy seats.
  22. Have a drink at North Coast Wine in Bude – £5 corkage to try some of Oliver’s fantastic wines.
  23. Try the Farmers Arms for a Sunday lunch.