Bude facts

How well do you know Bude? It is a little town with a lot of history, situated in an area rich in idyllic beaches and the sort of  unspoiled countryside that is becoming increasingly rare in Britain. Here are some other facts that you might not know:

  • Bude has won multiple awards in 2015.
  • Bude is the most easterly town in north Cornwall, set beside the River Neet and along the A3073 road.
  • Once known as “Budehaven”, it first became a thriving town due to its prominence as a harbour and a place of British and international trade. In Victorian England however, it was reinvented as a popular holiday resort, drawing many visitors with its idyllic coastline and typically fine weather. Today, tourism is its main industry.
  • Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Bude is also justly renowned as an excellent location for Cornish surfing holidays. The power of wind and waves loved by surfers, combined with a notoriously craggy coast, have also been the bane of ships for centuries however. This section of the North Cornwall Coast is regarded as one of the most dangerous shipping areas in the UK. Over a hundred vessels have been wrecked in the area. Among the most famous was the Bencoolen, from America, whose salvaged figurehead can be viewed at the Bude Castle Heritage Centre.
  • Bude Canal is the most westerly canal of any note in the country. Unique features include the only manually operated sea locks in the whole of England, and one of only two in Britain.
  • The coastline around Bude is particularly interesting in terms of geology and wildlife, and incorporates an SSSI site
  • Bude is widely known for its beautiful climate (it was recorded as the sunniest place in the UK in Summer 2013). Winters also tend to be very mild, making it a popular year round holiday destination in north Cornwall.
  • The best places to visit and attractions in Devon and Cornwall are generally within an hour drive from Bude.
  • There are more beaches than there are days of the week.

Famous residents

Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (1793-1875)  was a famous Victorian inventor and scientist. Besides pioneering steam-powered vehicles, he also invented the famous “Bude Light” at his home in Bude Castle, which went on to be used at the Houses of Parliament.  More info...

Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875) was a poet, priest and noted Cornish eccentric. Best known for “The Song of the Western Men”, he is also the originator of the Harvest Festival as we know it today. You can still find his little hut near Morwenstow. More info…

Print Friendly, PDF & Email