With a wide range of fun activities, sports and adventure pursuits available, Bude is one of the best places in Cornwall to enjoy your favourite pastime. With so many great facilities and professional coaches nearby, however, it is also a great place to learn something completely new. This is why you’ll also find details for friendly experts and service providers in the area.
You’ll find dedicated sections for walking, surfing and fishing elsewhere on this site, while the following section covers other popular options from adrenaline sports to golf courses in North Cornwall. Water sports are also covered here, with tempting and accessible possibilities available from the canal banks to the excellent facilities at Upper Tamar Lake.
For any budding Robin Hood, two excellent local set ups provide all the equipment you need and some of the best archery tuition in Cornwall. Red Elk (EX23 9BB) 01288 3555843 are open all year with friendly guidance, practice facilities and 3D animal targets, while Shoreline Archery (EX23 8NE) 01288 354039 also offer top tuition and fun competitions to fine tune your bow skills.
With a golf course in the town itself, as well as a few others just a short drive away, Bude is an ideal place for golf breaks in Cornwall. Many local properties and hotels also offer golf accommodation and reduced fees for local courses. Do check with your host for some great golf deals and holiday packages in Cornwall.
Bude & North Cornwall Club (EX23 8DA) 01288 352006 Established in 1891, this traditional links course is one of the best golf courses in Cornwall. www.budegolf.co.uk
Ivyleaf Golf Course, Stratton, Bude (EX23 9LD) 01288 321592 A highly recommended 2,300 yard 9-hole course which features great views over an area of outstanding natural beauty and its own driving range. Challenging, but also a good option if your time is limited (9 holes can be played in 90 minutes). www.ivyleafgolf.com
With beautiful surroundings and plenty of space, Bude is a great place to come horse riding in Cornwall. Beginners can hire all the gear and take to the reins in safety, while for the keen rider it doesn’t get much purer than leaving some hoof prints in the sand down on the beach!
Broomhill Manor Stables, Bude (EX23 9HA) 07447 458075 Provide coaching for all ages and abilities. Gentle hacks down private estate roads are especially good for newcomers.
Gooseham Barton Stables, Morwenstow (EX23 9PG) 01288 331204 are situated not far from Bude, are British Horse Society approved and offer hacking and pony rides for all abilities.
Bude has its own all action centre at Ivyleaf Paintball (EX23 9LD) 07851 950242 where visitors can try out various themed game zones to recreate actual battles from the trenches to urban warfare. Pre booking highly recommended.
Here in Bude we are one of the best possible locations for anyone looking for rock climbing in Cornwall. We have climbs ranging from a gentle few yards for newcomers, to cliffs spanning several hundred feet for the experts. Compass Point, Maer Cliffs and Northcott Mouth are all popular locations, however we strongly recommend climbing is done with the supervision and local expertise of one of our professional instructors: see our adventure pursuits listings.
Skating and Skateboarding
Just behind Crooklets Beach (EX23 8AF) Bude boasts one of the best skate parks in Cornwall, with all the ramps and rails a budding skater could desire. Ideal for those who prefer a board of the wheeled variety!
Adventure pursuits providers
Coasteering with Outdoor Adventure, Widemouth Bay, Bude 01288 362900 Come and experience the awesome fun and excitement of coasteering sessions with easy going, qualified instructors. Individuals, families and groups of all abilities welcome. www.outdooradventure.co.uk
Freewave Surf Academy, Widemouth Bay, Bude 07870 472448 Try surfing, coasteering, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), body boarding or rookie lifeguard courses. Small groups and everything provided. freewavesurfacademy.co.uk
Shoreline Extreme Sports, Bude (EX23 8NE) 01288 354039 Water and land based activities that are high on fun and thrills, from canoeing to abseiling and mountaineering as ideal one-off experiences for a morning or afternoon. www.shorelineactivities.co.uk