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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.
This circular walk will take you on the South West Coast Path from Bude to Sandymouth via Summerleaze, Crooklets and Northcott Mouth. The return route will be via footpath and bridleways (mostly flat), or if the tide is just right, it’s a lovely flat walk on the sand where you will see shipwrecks and amazing rock formations which are world renowned.
This historically rich walk is filled with varied scenery and panoramic views. The level path follows the Bude Canal, a remarkable relic of 19th century engineering, to its terminal as a barge waterway. The wide open views from the fields of Whalesborough overlooking Widemouth Bay and the rugged cliffline to the south are without doubt, breath-taking, especially when the surf pounds the coast. Then there are the clifftops with their dramatic, geological formations, leading you to views overlooking Bude, its bay, and beyond to Hartland and Exmoor.
The Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum (usually known by the shorter title Cornwall at War Museum) is located on part of the old WW2 airfield RAF Davidstow Moor. Not your 'standard issue' military museum. Planes, military vehicles, guns, uniforms, medals and so much more!
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.
An easy walk to explore the remarkable history of Stratton. On a spur, facing south with its back to the worst of the weather, this ancient settlement is surrounded by fertile soil and a plentiful supply of water. It was not until Bude, at the seaward end of the parish, began to develop after the middle of the 19th century as a harbour for coastal shipping and, later with the coming of the railway as a seaside resort, that Stratton began to lose status. First the craftsmen, then the traders and shopkeepers began to disappear as Bude became the centre for local government, the police, the fire service, secondary education and most of the retail trade. The future of Stratton seemed to be just a very pleasant residential backwater, which is what it is today.
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. Fantastic WW1 exhibition and replica trench, with an audio-visual presentation by award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo. Loads for the children to do: tractor trailer rides, vintage farm machinery, watching the milking, feeding calves, meeting Joey the horse and lots of different farm animals. There’s an indoor kart track and picturesque farm trail and tearoom.
Prideaux Place is one of the very brightest jewels in Cornwall's crown; just 40 minutes from Bude it is one of the West Country's oldest houses remaining in habitable condition.
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!