Bude and the surrounding area is one of the most fascinating geological areas in Cornwall. Special walks with Dr Roger Higgs, our friendly local expert, come highly recommended should you want to discover more.
The so called “Bude Formation” of North Cornwall has such fine examples for study that it has been popular with generations of geologists and also used by universities and oil companies. Enjoy the geology along this sector of the glorious South West Coast Path. Sand and mud layers deposited in a giant tropical “Lake Bude” 300 million years ago were folded due to Britain and France colliding, forming a Cornish mountain range, before dinosaurs existed.
As well as some spectacular rock formations, fossilized remains have also been found to evidence life forms from an era when and Bude’s climate was similar to modern Africa. Bude even has its own unique fossilised fish species (a toothy, goldfish-sized blighter called Cornuboniscus budensis) found nowhere else in the world.
The Bude Tourist Office has more fascinating information and literature on local Cornwall geology. This is also the place to book a fascinating expedition with Dr. Roger Higgs (Oxford 1982-86) who brings the subject to life in fun, informative style.
Two hour Bude Geological Walks are offered all year on Monday and Thursday at 2pm, starting from Bude Tourist Information Centre. £15 adults (16 and older); £8 children (7-15). Advance booking required.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed and children must be at least 7 years old.
Private walks at other times can be arranged for 1-25 people, including schools, colleges and universities.
c/o Bude Tourist Information Centre
T: 01288 354240