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.
A unique opportunity to experience the trill of flying a trained bird of prey guided by Julian Clement at Countryside Hawking. With over 25 years of falconry experience Julian's knowledge of these birds, their habitats and the ancient art of falconry is second to none. Book a "one to one " encounter of come as a family. Larger groups can also be arrange. These magnificent birds including falcons, hawks and owls, an experience you will remember for years to come.
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.
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.