Bude's prettiest beach is Summerleaze, where you can relax on golden sand or in the open-air sea pool. You can even rent a beach hut for a slumberous afternoon. If that all sounds a bit too lazy, head to Crooklets Beach where you root through the many rock pools. For a unique beach retreat with its own waterfall try Sandymouth, a National Trust beach just a few miles from Bude.
If you're interested in getting out on the open water, Raven Surf School and Sandymouth Surf School offer highly rated classes for surfers of any ability. In addition to surfing, Bude also has lots of canoeing and kayaking activities.
Bude isn't all about beaches, however. The Bude Formation is a stunning cliffscape that forms part of the coastal path. You can discover more with a guided tour from a leading geologist, giving you a unique chance to learn all about this stunning area of natural beauty.
There are many other picturesque sights to discover, with nature reserves dotted through the area. Lundy Island ...maintained by the National Trust... is a pretty setting just off the North Cornwall coast, with spectacular coastal views. In the surrounding area you can also find Bude Marshes and Maer Lake.
Bude is popular with walkers. The South West Coastal Path is one of the most popular trails in the UK and has plenty of routes that stick to short sections of the coast. Away from the coastal path, a popular and manageable walking trail spans along Bude Canal, taking in wetland nature reserves that provide an ideal spot for bird watching.
Bude has plenty to keep the kids entertained. Bude Play Park is ideal for outdoor sports and picnics, with a river nearby where the kids can feed the ducks. If the weather is gloomy you can take the kids to the Splash Swimming Pool where there is a large flume and wave machine.