Bude mixes old-world charm with modern facilities
Things To Do
When you visit Bude it’s all about the beach so why not hire a beach hut, available to rent on a daily basis and great for a picnic? Huts for hire are on Summerleaze and Crooklets Beaches in Bude.
Enjoy a Bude Canoe Experience on Bude Canal. Book a half day canoeing course and learn canoeing skills, explore the canal and see wildlife. With a fully qualified guide, no experience is needed, and all equipment is provided when you learn to canoe.
If you don’t fancy being on the water, visit the Canal Interpretation Centre, next to Bude Tourist Information. Visitors to the centre will find all they need to know about the canal, plus information about walks and leaflets encouraging you to explore the canal and its heritage on foot, as well as by canoe, kayak or rowing boat.
Visit the Heritage Centre at The Castle Bude, right on the seafront. Free to enter, the ancient building includes an art gallery, shop, heritage displays and local archives plus a tea room. Attractive walled gardens provide a really pleasant, sunny place to sit during your caravan holidays in Cornwall.
Go rock pooling during your seaside caravan holidays in Cornwall. Spend a few hours with Shoreline exploring the coastal environment. Shoreline guides will educate you on the diversity of life found in the inter-tidal zone including seaweed, crabs, fish, anemones, starfish and much more. With a bit of luck you might even come across the North Cornish Sea Slug – Onchidella celtica.
Take junction 27 off the M5, then the A361 to Barnstaple (dual carriageway but watch for speed cameras), then the A39 to Bude. Take it gently on the A39 when towing caravans in Devon and Cornwall, particularly between Bideford and Bude – it may be an A-road, but it suddenly narrows in places with no warning as the Devon and Cornish ubiquitous sloping walls (wider at the bottom) start to crop up.
An alternative route when heading for your caravan holidays in Bude is to take junction 31 off the M5, then follow the A30 to Okehampton and the A386/A3072 to Bude. And if the campsite you’re staying at is off the beaten track, it would be wise to check with the site in advance as they might be able to recommend a route that’s good when towing.