Winter walks in Bude
Many of the attractions and places to visit in the area may be closed over the winter but there is no shortage of great things to do in the Bude area out of season…
When its blowing a gale or just one of those incredible still cold days there is nothing better than grabbing your partner, kids, dog or just your coat and scarf and heading out into the great outdoors! Here are 3 of my favourite walks:
- Bude Town (short): Park at the Crescent Car Park (by the Bude Tourist Information Centre) and stroll down the canal to the lock gates where you can enjoy the view, check out the surf and invariably ‘blow away the cobwebs’ in the sea breeze! Head back towards the Castle, past the Bude Light, cross Nanny Moore’s Bridge and walk up the path in front of the Adventure International to Summerleaze Downs. Follow the path around the edge of the Downs with awesome views over the Sea Pool and Middle Beach and you will end up at Crooklets Beach! For me this is a perfect opportunity to have a hot chocolate beside the woodburner at Rosie’s Kitchen or possibly a pint at the Crooklets Inn. Walking back up the hill to Sainsbury’s will take you into the town where you can partake of a spot of retail (Christmas shopping??!) and follow the road along The Strand past the new Premier Inn and you will find yourself back at your car!
- Morwenstow – Tidna Valley (shortish): Drive to Morwenstow via the A39 or up the lanes through Stibb. Park for free beside the Bush Inn which is a lovely old pub with open fires, delicious food and a history dating back to the 13th Take the path from the bottom of the pub garden and head south on the footpath until you reach the Tidna Valley where you need to turn right towards the sea beside the stream along the valley. If you fancy it you can walk out along the promontory at When you reach the coastal path turn right and walk north until you get to Hawker’s Hut which is a fascinating little hut on the edge of the cliff. From there it’s a little way north then back inland to the church which is well worth a visit and then back to warm yourself beside the fire at the Bush Inn.
- Bude Canal and Coast Circular (longer): A fab walk along the towpath beside the Bude Canal to The Weir (for coffee, breakfast, cake or lunch). Over the fields to Widemouth Bay then back along the coastal path into Bude with the wind in your hair and, if you’re lucky, a view of Lundy Island floating on the horizon!
After a good walk, its lovely to spend a bit of time relaxing over a good meal during the winter season. Many of the excellent eating places in Bude have brilliant offers during the quieter season – check out the special offer pages for details as well as Christmas party menus.