Things To Do In Bude

We are off to Bude next weekend (Friday to Monday). I would really appreciate some ‘inside’ information on the area. I have had a look on the Internet but have not really got the ‘feel’ of the area. I seem to have found out more about Boscastle than Bude. I have looked on the forum and found some information about St Ives but nothing specific about Bude.

Normally when we go away we end up planning as we go but this time I thought that I would get some ideas before we go. We wanted to visit the smaller towns that have ‘traditional’, junk and charities shops, any suggestions? Is there a good local carboot?

Finally are there any MSEs that are members of a local rambling group that would be with a twenty mile radius with an organised walk arranged during the period. I thought about contacting the Bude/Stratton group but it occurred to me that my local group normally walks about twenty miles away from the meeting point during the summer months so there could be other walks near Bude.

Thanks for reading and for any info that you might be able to give me.


  • nuttyrockeress
    nuttyrockeress Forumite Posts: 1,256
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    Ooo, we love Bude!!

    When you say we, what sort of ages are you? This will help to advise on whay things there are to do?

    Also what sort of accomodation are you using?

    We have camped just outside Bude for the last 5 years - we love it.

    There are 2 beaches to chose from.

    Just off to a meeting now - will post more shortly
    It's nice to be nutty but's more important to be nice
  • angel00079
    angel00079 Forumite Posts: 639 Forumite
    It will be my brother and I. We are in our late twenties. We will be staying in a static caravan. I want to go on a few walks and I suspect that my brother will want to visit a castle or something similar. That reminds me I have some Brit points left so I will have to see if there is somewhere in the area that has an offer and we would like to go to.

    I want to find an unusual gift for my mom. She doesn't collect anything so it is differicult to find something for her, especially as she can take or leave food items such as biscuits or sweets.

    Is there a good fish and chip shop in the area?
  • nuttyrockeress
    nuttyrockeress Forumite Posts: 1,256
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    There are 2 main beaches in Bude.

    Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches. The one at the bottom is Summerleaze and the one further up is Crooklets. Both are good for surf. There is also a costal path that goes round from one to the other.

    Head further down the A39 and you will find Widemouth Bay which is another nice beach.

    We visited this time Bodmin Jail - really interesting and we had a lovely Sunday roast there too.

    A nice place to visit is Boscastle. They have made a really good job after the flooding and there are some lovely shops for souveniers there.

    In Bude itself you mush try Pengenna pasties they are delicious!

    We also found a little cafe just round the side of Pengenna (think it was round the corner from Nationwide building society?? Can't remeber the name of it but they advertise Seafood. We went for breakfast their this year and it was lovely. this is the link to Bude tourist site - try quick index and then walks this shows a few places to look at.

    Castle wise there is Tintagel castle which is now a hotel I believe we have been but there doesn't seem much to do around it? It is another nice little villiage though.

    Just a few things to get you started there - PM me if you want more and i'll rack mine and my husbands brains! We do have a 14 year old with us so we have also done The Big Sheep (a few years back but still one of my favourites) and the Cornish Cyder farm
    It's nice to be nutty but's more important to be nice
  • angel00079
    angel00079 Forumite Posts: 639 Forumite
    Thanks Nuttyrockeress for the info. We will definitely be going to Bodmin jail, Boscastle and the Cyder Farm. I wonder if we will see a ghost. _pale_

    From what you have said I should be able to find something for my mum at Boscastle.

    Looking at the Pengenna pasties website is making me hungery. The pasties and confectionary looks yummy.
  • angel00079
    angel00079 Forumite Posts: 639 Forumite
    We had a lovely time. Even my brother agreed that it was worth the 8 hour round trip. Thanks Nuttyrockeress for suggestions.

    We visited Bodmin Jail on the Friday. I couldn't believe some of the things that people were hung for. I didn't see any ghosts. I would have been 'bricking it' if I had. It would have been nice if there were guided tours. I am just thinking back to the guided tour that Kilmainham Jail (Dublin) offered, it really put the history in context. I would have liked to have gone to the Charlotte Dymond Court House Experience but we didn't have time. We got a nice picture for my mom from the key cutting shop. They had lots of nice picture, if only I had more money. There was a charity shop that was an aladdins cave. Finally we had a quick walk around the Beacon. It would have been nice to have spent a whole day in the area rather than half.

    I was impressed with the caravan. We took quite a few things with us, most of which turn out to already be there. I thought I was going mad, well madder than usual. I closed the curtains. I went back to find open curtains. I thought maybe I was distracted, remembering the previous day when I seem to have lost an hour. It turned out there were two identical rooms. I had gone back into the other one. I thought that it was a two bed caravan. It took me a while to get used to all the doors.

    On the Saturday we went to Boscastle, followed by Tintagel. You need a few hours to explore that. Not a parent myself but I am not sure I would like to take kids up there, very high. I am thinking about becoming a member of English Hertiage. It makes you realise we need to protect places like this. I can recommend the Pengenna pasties, yum.

    On the Sunday we went on a walk with the Ramblers in St Breward. We put St Breward in the Sat Nav and asked to be directed to the centre. We travelled up a narrow road trying to avoid the sheep carcass and ended up at the entrance to a farm, LOL. I think I will check in the atlas next time as well. In the afternoon we followed a walk, Bude Circular. We took a detour because the canal path was closed. The 50p for the route was well worth it. I would recommend this walk. It touches on the edge of Widemouth Bay. We took a detour here and spent half an hour on the beach. With very wet trousers and sandy feet we got back on the route to walk along the coast. We took loads of photos but none really capture how magical it was. We ended up back at Bude for a quick walk on the beach as the sun was setting.

    On the last day we went to the Eden Project. I would have liked to have tried the zip wire but closed that day. They had some lovely plants/settings. We went to the Cyder Farm but it was very late in the day and the guide tours had finished, just missed the last one. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go on the tour or the tractor ride as I didn't have enough for both. I did not realise that the tour included the ride.

    Well I don't think that I have added any extra info that has not already been suggested by Nuttyrockeress but I can throughly recommend the Bude Circular walk, stunning views.
  • pinkcandyflossprincess
    pinkcandyflossprincess Forumite Posts: 4,583 Forumite
    its a laugh and on the site you can print off a free ticket;)
    plus there is that village that doesnt have transport? you walk down, very quaint but i cant remember the name:confused:
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