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  • Surfing
  • Walking
  • Exploring
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Eating Out
  • And more.....
Bude is ideally located for those who want to explore Cornwall and North Devon. Just a few miles south are the Historic Harbour villages of Boscastle and Tintagle (with its legends of King Arthur). Fans of Doc Martin can see many of the locations used in the series at Port Isaac only 20 minutes south of Bude. Go North into Devon and you will find unspoilt and rugged coastline with beautiful villages such as Clovelly. For walkers there are many coastal walks as well more rugged terrain on Bodmin and Dartmoor. If you seek a culinary treat why not head to Padstow, home to TV Chef Rick Stein’s now famous fish restaurant (book early) and for those seeking a special day out there are boat and helicopter trips to Lundy Island.

Bird Watching
On the opposite side of the canal is a bird watching hide, which overlooks the nature reserve. There are also managed reserves further inland.

Bude canal is perfect for canoes and kayaks and if our boat is too small to accommodate your whole party there is boat hire available on the canal during most school and public holidays.

Cycling and Walking
Eating and Evening Entertainment
In addition to the many pubs, bars and restaurants in the town you will also find a nightclub and amusement arcade.

Coarse fishing is permitted on Bude Canal (Closed season 1st April to 31st May). The canal is stocked with carp, tench, rudd, perch and bream. Permits may be obtained from the Bailiff who patrols the canal bank.

Bude has an 18 hole course at the top of the town. The course welcomes visitors and has special offers throughout the year. See www.budegolf.co.uk
For the less experienced or more casual golfer there is a 9 hole course at Ivy leaf, just outside Bude. See www.ivyleafgolf.com

Indoor Leisure
Bude’s Harlequin Centre next to the swimming pool has a bowling alley and bar. Most nights you can purchase light snacks and meals. There is also a very large indoor ball park for children.

Horse Riding
The nearest riding stables are a few minutes walk from our home at www.efforddown.co.uk.
Less than an hour’s drive away you will also find good riding stables on Dartmoor.

Mini Golf and Tennis
There are municipal Tennis courts and mini golf near to Summerleaze beach; it is often possible to just turn up, pay and play.

For those interested in finding out about Bude’s history, there is a small well stocked museum a short walk from The Old Laundry on the upper canal wharf by Summerleaze beach.

There is a large sea pool on Summerleaze beach but for less hardy souls there is Bude Leisure pool with waves and tube.

Surfing is a very popular in Cornwall and you are likely to see surfers in the water all year round. The less experienced surfer can try body boarding. Boards are cheap to buy and fun to use. It is also possible to get inexpensive wet suits. There are several shops in Town and on the beach selling boards and wet suits, and companies offering surfing lessons. For further information try:-

Tourist Information
Bude has a large Tourist Information Centre situated across the canal from The Old Laundry. Here guests will find information on Cornwall and Devon’s many attractions. We also have a number of leaflets in the house for your reference.