Family days out with kids – Crabbing

Weather: Fine and dry

Budget: Moneys too tight to mention…

Party: Adults and kids of a mixture of ages and generations

Prepare for a sunny day in Bude, with no need to use the car or break the bank, by heading to the shops for crabbing buckets, nets and lines and a picnic of freshly baked pasties and cold drinks.  Don’t forget the sun-cream too!

Check the tide timetable (also available at the Tourist Information Centre) to ensure the tide is moving out and that you have few hours before it comes back in.

Head down the Bude canal to the Sea Lock where you will find a concrete footbridge over the river, crossing to the sand.

Pitch camp with a simple blanket or elaborate windbreak, pop-up tent and groundsheets depending on your preference!

Preferably on an incoming tide put bait on your crab-line (they like bacon best according to the experts!) wait for the crab to grab on and then catch them with a net and pop into your waiting bucket.  Very satisfactory way to pass a couple of hours – it is quite addictive though – our record one day last August was 36 crabs on one tide!!  You may also be lucky enough to catch baby mullet, shrimps, gobies and even small eels!  Just don’t forget to return them all to the water at the end of your session!

After all that activity relax and enjoy your well-picnic.  Spend the rest of the day sun bathing or building sand castles, then cool off with a dip in the sea or seapool, followed by a delicious Cornish ice-cream.  Bliss!

Penny is a mother of two and has worked in the Tourist Information Centre for many years, do come and have a chat if you would like more information about visiting Bude with children.

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