Bude is the first major surfing resort on the Cornwall side of the border along this stretch of coast. There are two sandy beaches, Summerleaze and Crooklets, with a natural seawater pool set between them fed by the water from the daily high tides – great for safe swimming at low tide. Summerleaze is backed by a row of colourful beach huts; the existing ones are about to go up for auction, to be replaced by new ones. The town itself, separated from the beaches by an expanse of grass, has the usual range of shops to be expected in a surfing resort as well as a good range of places to eat and drink. But Bude is not all about beaches and surfing. Bude Castle, with its free to enter Heritage Centre, was the home of the Victorian Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, a pioneer in steam-powered transport. The Heritage Centre includes displays on the area’s geology, on the many shipwrecks which have occurred on this stretch of coast, on Gurney’s achievements, and there is an art gallery. The castle’s lovely grounds are surrounded by the River Neet on one side and Bude Canal on the other. The canal was once 35 miles long, but much of the upper part is now overgrown. Like any popular seaside resort, Bude has a variety of events during the course of the year, from the Bude for Food cookery event to the annual jazz and folk festivals.
For a list of events in Bude, see here
|Summerleaze Beach. Photo by Tom Jolliffe, via Wikimedia Commons|