There’s no better way to explore Bude than on foot. With numerous, well-marked foot paths and bridleways, walking in Bude is a delight. There is always something interesting to spot and with so many routes on offer, you never need walk the same path twice during your stay.
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.
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.
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?
This circular walk starts and finishes at the Rectory Farm Tea Rooms in Morwenstow. You’ll be using the South West Coast Path and inland footpaths and tracks. You’ll be treated to a combination of breath taking dramatic coastal cliff views, Lundy Island (on a clear day) and the quiet solitude of farmland, mostly unchanged since the building of the agrarian manor houses which dot the area.
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.
This wonderful walk leads you through one of the most unspoilt, remote and beautiful areas in North Cornwall. The ancient woodlands of the Millook Valley now belong to the Woodland Trust and are a haven for lichens and a range of wildlife.