Bude and my favourite things…
…Being able to walk the length of the beach from Summerleaze Beach to Northcott Mouth Beach when its a low spring tide and seeing the remains of the Portuguese steamer ship The Belem
…Swimming in the Bude Sea Pool – watching all the kids jumping into the waves as they come crashing over the sea pool wall on a summers evening
…Sitting on the beach watching the sun go down behind Barrell Rock
…Walking across the breakwater at low tide and climbing up the steps to the top of chapel rock looking down the coast to Lundy Island
…The Christmas day swim – both taking part and watching. lining up on Crooklets beach with hundreds of others waiting for the whistle to blow before running into the icy cold water without a wet suit –all in aid of Bude Surf Life Saving Club. Great to join the thousands watching even if you don’t take part and then an Xmas day drinks at The Crooklets Inn or Tommy Jacks.
…Hiring a beach hut for the day and meeting up with friends for a picnic on the beach.
…Watching them manually open the Bude sea lock to see a boat coming in or going out.
…Bude Lifeboat Fund raising Weekend August Bank Holiday with helicopter rescue and fireworks.
…Hiring a rowing boat and row up the canal
…“Bude for Food” festival enjoying all delicious food and evening entertainment
…Love or loath Jazz, the Bude jazz Festival procession is a great watch
…Bude circular walk any time of the year. Lots of wildlife along the canal bank, and the spectacular sea views from the cliff path on the walk back into Bude
…Using Lundy Island to predict the weather instead of the BBC “Lundy plain, sign of rain” “Lundy high sign of dry” is often right! Must go there one day, some even see dolphins on the crossing, worth it for that alone.
…Watching the floats and bands parade through the town on Bude Carnival night
…Bird watching over Bude marshes nature reserve from the bird hide on the canal
…Playing crazy golf with friends at Bude Recreation Ground
…There is always an exhibition of some sort at the Willoughby Gallery inside The Castle. The free museum is good for a potted history of Bude. Tea and cake from the Limelight Café with views over Bude sea lock and Summerleaze beach is a hidden view
…People watching with a glass of wine from outside “The Olive Tree” gets the evening sun late into the evening
…Summer Sunday afternoons on the Castle Ground listening to Bude Town Band playing.
Clare has worked at the Tourist Information Centre for many years. Call in and ask for her advice on how to spend your time in Bude!