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.
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.
Explore Bude with a travel guide, on foot and on horseback.
The Planekeepers Path is a circular route following the course of the Bude Canal through the charming village of Marhamchurch, then returning across country to Bude via the historic town of Stratton.
A circular route from the Tamar Lakes, crossing Devon's gently rolling landscape and returning on the aqueduct section of the old Bude tub-boat Canal.
A fairly easy walk offering fine views from the site of the 1643 Battle of Stratton where 5,600 men commanded by the Earl of Stamford, advanced into Cornwall and camped upon the flat summit of Stamford Hill.
It's easy to forget the town when you're enjoying the beach. Bude has certainly developed as a result of its fine beaches but it was not always so. As you follow this trail you will see how the coming of the canal and then the railway encouraged investment.
Nothing allows you to relax and soak up the views better than a good walk. Whether it’s just a few steps after lunch or day long hike, there are routes for all tastes and abilities. Will it be an afternoon walk to a local nature reserve, or an epic cliff top route along the South West Coast Path?