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Bude is in Cornwall, and is its most northernmost town. Bude boasts excellent beaches, good water quality, first class surfing opportunities, and decent accommodation and facilities for all types of budget. Compared to its neighbours, the somewhat pretentious Padstow and rowdy, overly competitive Newquay, Bude has a much more friendly, relaxed, amiable atmosphere which is the resorts greatest asset. Many dedicated surfers prefer Bude to other surf areas of Cornwall because of its excellent breaks and easy going mellow vibe.

Get in[edit]

Bude is located on the grandly named A39 Atlantic Highway, just a British normal A road. Bude is signposted on several junctions. There is no railway in Bude since the 1960s after Beeching's axe removed the branch line (ironic as it was the railway that first brought tourists) so the nearest station is Barnstaple, across the Tamar Valley in North Devon, quite a considerable distance.

Stagecoach South West provide a service linking Exeter City Centre, Exeter St David's Station and Okehampton with Bude.

Plymouth Citybus operate services linking Bude with Plymouth, Launcestion and Callington.

Get around[edit]

Once in Bude, walking is probably the best way to get around, as parking charges are pretty reasonable compared to other Cornish resorts, and Bude is small and compact enough to access everything by foot.

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  • The beach Bude has an award winning long and deep sandy beach with excellent surf that provides some of the best surfing action in the U.K.
  • The cliffs Bude is the only part of the Cornish coast that is made of sandstone cliffs; starting from Hartland point (over the border in Devon), passing Bude and terminating just north of Boscastle (where the harder old Devonian slate cliffs becomes apparent), the carboniferous sandstone cliffs are the highest in Cornwall (the highest cliff in Cornwall is south of Bude, the 735ft uninspiringly named "high cliff").

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Bude and North Cornwall is known for great surfing on beaches such as Widemouth Bay (1 mile of golden sand and surf), Summerleaze and Crooklets. Sandy Mouth and Crackington Haven are just a short drive away. All these beaches have lifeguards during the summer months. Summerleaze Beach also has a tidal 90m seapool, one of only a few in the country.

There are several dog friendly Beaches: Widemouth Bay South Beach, Summerleaze in Bude and the rugged, uncommercialised beaches of Northcott Mouth, Sandy Mouth and Duckpool.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Atlantic Diner - great food with giant portions of it for quite cheap! very friendly atmosphere aswell

Life's a Beach - beach cafe by day, superb bistro by night. Overlooking Summerleaze beach, fantastic location and seafood.

Elements - the place to be seen. Great location near cliffs between Bude and Widemouth Bay. Quality food.

Bay View Inn - Open all day. Stunning views over Widemouth Bay and the ocean.

The Falcon Hotel by Bude Canal - wholesome food, bar meals or in the restaurant.

Wainhouse Inn - the local Cornish pub, good menu.

The Countryman - on Bude-Launceston road. Popular pub food.

Port William Inn - great food and spectacular scenery.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Carriers Inn +44 1288 352459 ([3]) [4] (Broken link as of 20th March). A traditional and vibrant drinking establishment in the heart of Bude. The snakebite blacks are recommended.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hele Barton Luxury Farm Cottages, 6 miles south of Bude, 2 miles from coast and beaches, 01288 341622, [1]. Secluded farm cottages offering luxury self-catering accommodation surrounded by meadows, woods, fishing lakes and ponds. 2 miles from the Coast. Our cottages are set in a stunning setting, with spectacular views of the rolling countryside stretching as far as the eye can see to the high cliffs of Bude and Lundy Island beyond. There are 6 cottages sleeping from 2 to 6 people (plus travel cots). To find out more please visit our website  edit
  • Budemeadows Touring Park, Widemouth Bay (4 miles south of Bude off the main A39), +44 1288 361646, [2]. Family orientated touring park for camping, touring caravans and motorhomes. With heated outdoor pool, licensed bar (Grumpy Pete's), shop and takeaway open in the summer months. The site itself is open all year.  edit

Get out[edit]

Bude lies just off the A39 which provides links to towns and attractions in the North of Devon. Barnstaple, Bideford and Tiverton are all within an hour's drive of Bude.

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