The home of Parson Jack, who bred the Jack Russell Parson Terrier is now the Warhorse Valley Country Park – a fantastic family, accessible and dog-friendly place to visit when you’re staying in Bude. It’s also the place that inspired Michael Morpugo to write War Horse!
Historically, Bude’s Lower Wharf was constructed to allow sailing vessels into the Lower Basin. Back in 1923 the area was a hive of activity as people went about their daily business from the surrounding warehouses that supported the workings of the Bude Canal. Today, the use of the buildings may have changed, but the Lower Wharf area is still a buzz with people who now enjoy the delicious food both on and off the water from the many cafes and restaurants. Designer makers demonstrate their craft skills and sell beautiful handmade gifts or if you’re feeling energetic you can hire a rowing boat or pedalo and take to the water.
Bideford and The Big Sheep. Just twenty-five minutes drive north of Bude, discover the variety of things to do in and around Bideford! From wake-boarding to sampling local ale and watching sheep racing there is something for everyone!
We have many small and hidden coves in Bude, but here we give information about the main eight. To the north of the town centre we have Duckpool, Sandymouth Bay, Northcott Mouth and Crooklets Beach. Summerleaze Beach in the town centre, and Widemouth Bay, Black Rock and Millook to the south.
Just a twenty-minute drive north, Bude's visitors can easily discover the beautiful village of Clovelly... This unique fishing village can also be visited by bus. The village and many of its attractions are dog-friendly too!
The perfect antidote to the Bude Bug is to purchase your own little piece. A home from home to escape to whenever you feel like it, a coastal retreat to help you escape the stresses and strains of day to day life. Often people discount a second home as an unachievable expense but a luxury static caravan or holiday lodge offers the perfect solution.
Bude is a beautiful place to be whatever the weather – and that extends to rainy days too! Though this part of Cornwall enjoys more than its fair share of glorious sunshine, there are days when the sun goes into hiding... But there’s plenty to do indoor and lots of undercover attractions near Bude when it rains!
As a wheelchair user who lives in Bude and self-propels everywhere, the following are recommendations based on my experiences within the town. Every disability and indeed individual is different however and the most wonderful thing about Bude as a community is that people will help you in any way they can, to partake in whichever activities you choose.
10 things to do: Teenagers guide to Bude - a few ideas from Rebecca, our 2017 Work Experience student from Budehaven School
Chris Haslam, chief travel writer for The Times spent three glorious months visiting more than 200 beaches to research this year's Sunday Times guide. We're over the moon that Summerleaze Beach in Bude made 3rd place!