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Holidays in Bude

Bude holidays: a waterside paradise, boasting a canal and two beaches

Sea pool

Bordering Devon, Bude is the ultimate chilled-out holiday destination in North Cornwall. Bude is well-known for its pastel painted beach huts lining the seafront and the historic sea pool. Wandering through the quirky town centre, you’ll soon see what is so special about Bude. It’s also a great location for families. With two sandy beaches and a sea pool, there’s plenty to explore. .

Bude Sea Pool was created in the 1930s to provide a haven for safe swimming. The pool sits under the spectacular cliffs and is refreshed twice a day by the waves of the Atlantic. This is a wonderful spot for a bracing dip and even has an ale dedicated to it! You can pick up the Bude Sea Pool Ale at Bude Brewery and in local shops.

Bude canal

Walkers will be in heaven here as Bude is set on the South West Coast Path. From the town, saunter along the cliff-tops to explore the area. Why not try the walk to Sandymouth Beach? This spectacular route leads you along the coast the entire way, so you won’t be deprived of fresh sea air. For avid hikers, check out the route from Bude to Crackington Haven or to Hartland Quay.

For novice surfers, Bude is a great place to learn. The town’s two beaches, Summerleaze and Crooklets, are perfect for beginners. You can hire boards and wetsuits at the renowned local surf shop, Zuma Jay.

Hosting the annual Bude For Food Festival, this Cornish town is a haven for foodies. The town has an eclectic mix of restaurants, traditional pubs and a relaxed vibe. La Bocca offers widely regarded pizza packed with all kinds of toppings. Try the quattro formaggi to sample some authentic Cornish cheeses. Just next door, traditional pub The Carriers Inn is a great place to stop for afternoon refreshments. If you’re stopping for a light bite, check out Coasters. This pretty little café serves a delicious cream tea and classic British lunches.

“Bude is well-known for its pastel painted beach huts lining the seafront and the historic sea pool.”

In the nearby village of Stratton, you’ll find The Tree Inn, a charming old pub with a beautiful beer garden. Serving scrumptious local ales and ciders, this is a fine choice for your afternoon tipple.

For shopaholics, Bude’s independent shops and boutiques are the ideal places to pick up a gift. The Wharf, set on the canal, is full of craft shops, studios and galleries. The weekly Farmers’ Market also takes place here every Friday. So, if you’re looking for some delicious local fare to take home, this is the place! If shopping on the canal isn’t your thing, why not hire a pedalo or rowing boat and take to the water?

While you’re there

Bude Canal

Visit the canal barge workshop or take a relaxing stroll along water’s edge.


A great day out for the whole family. Enjoy ten pin bowling or the play areas.


A beautiful sandy beach that is safe for the whole family.

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