Originating from Finland, it is used as an off season fitness training regime for competitive cross country skiers. Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles and a specific technique, so it is an interesting and fun fitness activity that can offer a total body workout using 90% + musculature. It can be enjoyed by anyone at any age ....from the complete beginner to competitive athlete. This all year round activity can be uniquely tailored to your fitness level, age and ability. Try a free technique and taster sessions or join a regular walk.
War Horse Valley Countryside Park is a 40 minute journey from Bude, just 5 minutes east of Hatherleigh.Parsonage Farm has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is the farm around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh. It was also once home to Revd John ‘Jack’ Russell, first breeder of the terriers to which he gives his name.This beautiful hidden part of Devon boasts stunning scenery of rolling hills and valleys with Dartmoor as its magnificent backdrop. Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born.
Bude and the surrounding area is one of the most fascinating geological areas in Cornwall. You can find out more at Bude Tourist Information Centre, or better still why not join Dr Roger Higgs, our friendly local expert, for a fascinating walk through time?
See the lovingly restored Victorian locamotives and travel the enchanting narrow gauge railway to Newmills and its popular Farm Park. Enjoy a tasty lunch or treat in our Café, browse the Museum, take home a souvenir of your visit from our well-stocked Gift & Book Shop, and explore the historic Cornish town of Launceston. Tickets valid all day!
Each of the 12,000 collection items has its own story to tell. Stories about the battles that have been fought, weapons that were used or personal letters that were written on the battlefield. This former headquarters of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry houses more than three hundred years of military history, a library and conference and exposition rooms.Our Gift Shop sells a varied range of books, gifts, cards and souvenirs which chime with the museum’s themes. As well as our fantastic range of gift items, visitors can also purchase ice creams, fudge and bottled water. The Gift Shop is situated inside The Keep, at the entrance to the museum. Visitors to the shop are welcome to browse the shop without visiting the museum. All profits from the shop are used to support the charitable purposes of the museum.
Journey back in time at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and experience the glorious era of steam travel on Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. Passenger train services operate between February and December and run daily through the summer with many themed journeys and special events. Bodmin General has car parking facilities for our passengers. This FREE car park is sited directly adjacent to the station and available for the exclusive use of our own visitors and staff. Steamers Cafe at Bodmin General Station is open on all train operating days – serving a good variety of hot and cold drinks, Cornish Pasties, sausage rolls, freshly cut sandwiches, cakes, snacks and sweets. There is seating available inside and outside the cafe for customers. Along the platform, towards the signalbox, you will find a small Picnic Area, should you choose to bring your own food and drink with you during your visit. At Bodmin Parkway Station, the old Signalbox on the Down platform has been converted to a Café, which is operated by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, providing a valuable service to main line travellers, but also to walkers and our own passengers. The Signalbox Cafe serves a range of hot and cold food, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. A warm welcome is guaranteed……and the home made cakes have to be tasted to be believed!
A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore Bude and the surrounding towns, moor and villages in North Cornwall and North Devon with a self-guided themed walk.
With so many spectacular walks in the Bude area, it can be tough deciding what to do. Harry McConville B.A.(Mod.) Nat.Sci. who is a local artist, historian and naturalist will pick the very best route for the season and sights, which could include the SWCP, canal, nature reserve or battle site. Children will love the pond dipping and rockpool ramble sessions.
Bringing you right up to date, you will learn all there is to know about Bude, including the history of the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, Bude's natural seapool, the sea Lockgates, the Breakwater and Pepperpot. If you are lucky, you might get to meet other characterful locals along the way such as the harbourmaster, the lifeguard, coast guard or the countryside ranger.
A Bude Canoe Experience is great fun for everyone, paddling open canoes on the gorgeous Bude Canal. You will learn the basics of canoe paddling and head off on a canoe journey to explore, see wildlife, and practice a variety of canoeing skills. The Bude Canal has a terrific amount of wildlife and interesting history. You will see the countryside from a new and exciting perspective. Common sights include jumping fish, Heron, Kingfisher, Moorhen, Cormorant, Warblers, Ducks, Geese, Dragon fly, and if you are really lucky maybe an Otter, Water Vole or Snake!