About Bude

Bude became a very popular Resort town in the closing years of the 19th Century. The arrival of reliable rail travel made Bude a popular holiday destination and brought prosperity. Many sought romance and appreciation of the Arthurian Legend, and took the Atlantic Coast Express from Waterloo. Prior to this Bude had been a small harbour town best known for its canal which was used to carry its fertilising sea sand inland to improve the quality of the farmland.

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Bude's sea-faring history is extensive, with its position on a "smugglers coast" and a breakwater to provide shelter from the sometimes ferocious Atlantic rollers for coastal trading in meat, grain, coal and daily supplies. Bude is a working fishing port today. You can explore much of our history in the newly refurbished "Castle" museum or by visiting the Bude Canal - repairs following storm damage to the lock gates are under way early summer 2008, and a regeneration project is under way, helping to tell the Bude Canal story.

Cornwall or Kernow has a religious history dating back to the Irish and Breton saints who braved the seas to bring Christianity to our shores, St Piran, St Petroc, St Tudy, St Just, St Enodoc, St Mawes amongst many. The towns name Bude is meant to be a shortening of Bede Haven "the wise man's harbour"

full facilities for swimmers and beach visitors

For Parents, Children and Grandparents, Young couples, the solo walker or cyclist, yachtsmen, golfers, horsemen and women, kayakers, and very especially surfers Bude has a great deal to offer. There are two main beaches, with the famous sands of Widemouth Bay within a few miles. Sandymouth, Northcott Mouth, Millook with its world famous rock formations are very near. Boscastle, St Nectans Glen, Clovelly, Hartland Point, Padstow, The Eden Project, and many other beautiful south and North Coast towns and attractions are easily reached for "a day out".

We are blessed with a beautiful coastline and a glorious countryside. Restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, clothes shops and supermarkets, attractions and facilities are both new and up to date as well as established and mature - catering for all tastes. An Ideal Holiday Location - See the Links Below for More information

The Lost Gardens
of Helligan

Bude Bay - Summerleaze beach leading to the Temple of the Winds at Compass Point Picturesque walking and motoring throughout the countryside Surfing at Crooklets Beach Bude canal - a treasure for all to enjoy Widemouth Bay a few mile from Bude, famous for its surf