Getting to Bude & getting around
An ideal first port of call for many visitors is the Bude Tourist Information Centre (Sat Nav: EX23 8LE), situated just off The Strand, right by the canal and a brief stroll from our main beaches and the town itself. For other routes, or those without digital directions to Bude, here are our travel recommendations:
Leave the M5 at Junction 27, and follow the road past Barnstaple, Bideford and straight into Bude on the Atlantic Highway. You can also spend longer on the M5 and leave the motorway at Exeter. If you don’t have SatNav, the AA route planner is a useful tool to plan your trip.
National Express coaches
From the North, the London Paddington to Plymouth route is a fast and reliable service. Alight at Exeter Bus Station. (In the summer months, National Express run a direct Coach from London to Bude). From Exeter Bus Station, local bus companies operate the 6 and 6A service which runs from Exeter to Okehampton, and then onto Bude. Alight at The Strand, which is opposite TSB bank.
From the North, the London Paddington to Penzance line is a fast and reliable service. Alight at Exeter St David’s Station. From Exeter St David’s, First and Western Greyhound operate the 6 and 6A services which run from outside the station to Okehampton, and then onto Bude. Alight at The Strand, which is opposite TSB bank.
You can use the local bus service to get to many areas of Cornwall and Devon. For example, there are regular services from Bude to Boscastle, Tintagel, Camelford, Newquay, Padstow, Truro and many other places in-between. Click here to see our handy page on bus travel.
A handful of excellent local taxi companies operate in and around Bude. Ideal for shorter trips, they are especially useful to reach those walking and picnic spots where public transport is absent. They are popular with walkers, who can then also relax with a pint and no driving responsibilities! Click here to see local taxi information.
Entry to the Harbour is made by leaving Chapel Rock (linked to the Mainland by a breakwater) to starboard. Head towards the lock in the channel marked by two pairs of leading beacons.
The outer pair of beacons, bearing 075 degrees 30′ (T) consist of: Front Mark – White spar with yellow diamond topmark. Rear Mark – White spar with yellow triangle topmark, placed half cable west of lock entrance.
The approach to Bude, either from the north or south, should be made from a south westerly direction in line with first pair of leading marks. Immediately on passing Barrel Rock (half cable north of Chapel Rock and marked by a beacon barrel) turn to starboard and pick up the inner pair of leading marks from which the lock is clearly visible.
Prior notification of arrival should be made to the Harbourmaster Paul Vincent via Cornwall council switchboard on 0300 1234 100 if possible.