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;
Northcott 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.
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 also hire beach huts for the day at Summerleaze from the Bude Tourist Information Centre.
Pretty cove with clear waters.
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 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
Wonderful seasonal produce with a focus on local suppliers. Great cocktails too. Runner up in South West Observor Food Awards. NEW Roof Terrace to open May 2021. Great for cocktails and small plates.
St Kew Inn, St Kew
Our favourite pub. Excellent food and a superb beer garden.
The Deck, Bude
Excellent for the family. Our children’s favourite place to eat. Kebabs, steaks, fish and burgers. A great family run restaurant. Very friendly and fantastic sea view.
The Electric Bakery, Bude
Fantastic bread and pastries. Plus, daily specials. Weds – Sunday 8am – 2pm. www.electricbakery.co.uk
The Coombe Barton Inn
Great food and stunning location overlooking Crackington Haven beach.
Alex’s Wood Fired Pizzas
Tuesday night is pizza night. You must order ahead and pick up from Stratton. http://www.alexswoodfiredpizza.co.uk/
The Farmers Arms, Woolsery
Good pub for Sunday Lunch. https://www.woolsery.com/pub
The Bush, Morwenstow
Olde World pub with huge beer garden and views to the sea.
Outlaws Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
Don’t panic, there’s still plenty to do if the rain descends.
Rain or shine – this is always brilliant fun. Spend a day at the North Devon Wake Park. http://www.northdevonwakepark.co.uk/ You can try wake-boarding, but they also have a fantastic Aqua Park there.
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
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
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 – bridgebikehire.co.uk
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, Heligan.com
Lanhydrock Estate, Bodmin nationaltrust.org.uk
Art, Culture & Heritage
Tate St. Ives tate.org.uk/stives
Tintagel Castle english-heritage.org.uk