Be it a romantic getaway or a dose of adrenaline, you can always expect to carry home lots of exciting memories when you land on this enchanting sea-side family resort. The moment you arrive in Bude, you will find yourself rejuvenated by the fresh sea air and its peaceful surrounding. And, for those that love sun-kissed beaches, you will thank yourself for choosing the 'sunniest part of Britain' as your preferred travel destination.
Located in North Cornwall, Bude promises to enchant everyone. The big blue breathtaking Atlantic, kissing the powdery sand beaches, with the technicolour sky as a backdrop collaborate together to whisk you away to a different world altogether. Once in Bude, it is practically impossible to hold yourself back from the temptation of exploring it all.
Bude allows you to absorb memorable experiences from different vantage points. While sports enthusiasts can delve into a host of bustling water sport activities and lovebirds can walk the sandy strip hand in hand, nature lovers can just sit back and completely immerse themselves in the picturesque setting. Decorated in blue green water, golden sand beaches and rugged cliffs, Bude has a tendency to mesmerize every single visitor.
Back in the 16th and 17th century, Bude was a small backwater town with little significance as compared to nearby Stratton, but in the late 18th and early 19th century it started to gain importance due its rich mineral deposits. However, Bude's recognition as a prominent holiday destination came in the late Victorian period. Such was its compelling charm that the Victorians decided to connect Bude with an extended railway service in 1890.
It's a never-ending party in Bude for sea and beach lovers. Noted for its surfing heritage, Bude has always been a paradise for world-class surfers. But as it seems, no one in Bude is left behind.
The 'not so' surfing enthusiasts can get into fishing and crabbing escapades at Crooklets Beach while others can happily soak themselves in a unique experience in the Bude Sea Pool. Nestled under a cliff and surrounded by rocks, this part natural, part man-made tidal swimming pool at Summerleaze Beach has attracted tourists from all over the world. Created in 1930, the Bude Sea Pool, a safe swimming haven for over 80 years, is the only sea pool in the world that is open to public.
There are seven beaches in and around Bude, though famous for its buzzing surfing and water sports activities, these beaches can easily offer peaceful refuge to leisure travellers, who can spend time lazing around or settle for a beach-side retreat in a deck chair.
You will feel rewarded if you squeeze out a little time to explore this beautiful beach town. It is going to be a captivating experience for sure if you follow the country roads bending out of the town and walk along the highest sea cliffs in Cornwall, but nevertheless it's not going to be any less adventurous if you hire a rowing boat and row down the historical Bude canal, a trade route built by the Victorians in the late 18th century.
If rowing is something that doesn't entice you, take a leisurely walk down the calm and serene Planekeepers Path around the canal. By the canal is the Bude Heritage Centre, a museum that helps you gather fascinating geological and historical facts about Bude and just down the road there are independent boutique shops from where you can collect souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones. In your leisure time do a round of shopping, treat yourself with a drink at a beach side shack, grilling juicy steaks or pamper yourself with a bowl of mussels in one of Bude's local eateries.
Bude, though a small town, has the habit of making big news. From travel awards to rare wildlife sightings, Bude has popped up in news now and then. In 2014 and 2015 Bude was honoured by British Travel Awards with bronze and gold medals respectively for 'Best UK Coastal Resort'.
Not long back history was made when Cornish student Jack Merrett spotted the 'Pine Marten', a rare mammal known to be extinct from South England several decades ago. Much to the delight of conservationists, Bude was crowned with Green Flag Award 2014/2015, a special status that signifies Bude's commitment towards preserving biodiversity.
Bude with its sunny bright weather, golden coastline, the wind and the waves, is all set to enthral every waking moment you spend there. Be there to experience it all!