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.
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?
Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational, family attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe's picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, just over an hours drive from Bude, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
One of the most pleasant and active ways to take in the sights of Bude is on two wheels. With roads and trails that are generally quiet and accessible, you’ll find us a great place for cycling breaks in Cornwall. There are some challenging places to conquer, but also pleasant, level routes such as the Bude Canal towpath and nature reserve.
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.
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the archeaology sites to the Battlefield, riverside woodland and King Arthur's Stone. Also see the 18th Century Lady Falmouth's Garden, now undergoing restoration.
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.
Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon, surrounded by acres of woodland and its own stream. The sculpture park displays one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary art and sculpture in the South West and don't miss the award winning restaurant which serves delicious meals based on the 'slow food' philosophy.
When you visit Clovelly, be sure to visit the gardens at Clovelly Court. Plants thrive in this sheltered sunny corner of North Devon, which has the added benefit of the warmth the Gulf Stream brings.