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Crackington Haven

Bude North Cornwall
Bude North Cornwall
Bude North Cornwall
Bude North Cornwall


Several years ago the phrase "the liveliest peace of Cornwall" was coined to describe the pleasure of Bude and its environment, and despite the fact that it has now become the centre for several Festivals, little has changed to alter this claim. The natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and rugged coastline have been carefully preserved. Crisp, clean sands, great Atlantic surfing rollers, a high rate of sunshine and walks with magnificent views of Bude Bay, are there for the visitors' enjoyment and always will be. The choice is yours: whether to soak up the excitement and atmosphere of one of the Festivals, or to just soak up the peace and sheer beauty of the environment, whether to participate in the many and varied activities or to relax totally in a town renowned for its helpful friendliness. One word of warning though - we have it on good authority that one visit to Bude is rarely enough - many visitors return again and again to experience this "the loveliest peace of Cornwall".




South West Water has completed the first "Clean Sweep" programme in Bude to guarantee clean bathing water on Bude's beaches. Water quality testing takes place on a regular basis and results are consistently amongst the best in the country. Please note there are restrictions on taking dogs on certain beaches from April to October. Ask at Bude Visitor Centre for full details.


CROOKLETS AND SUMMERLEAZE are the two fine Bude beaches, of which mention has been made before. It is possible, at low tide, to walk to Summerleaze from Sandymouth, Northcott Mouth or Crooklets - please check on the tide times and make sure you won't be trapped against the cliffs by the incoming tide.


WIDEMOUTH BAY - the most easily accessible and largest of the beaches, lying adjacent to the coast road. Black Rock stands proud of the rest of the rocks on the beach which create a large number of interesting rock pools.


DUCKPOOL - a delightful little cove at the end of Coombe Valley.


SANDYMOUTH - except at high tide this is a magnificent stretch of firm golden sand, with many rock pools, reached by driving down a winding country lane. The car park and cafe are run by the National Trust.


NORTHCOTT MOUTH - again, except at high tide, a beautiful sandy beach interspersed with many rock pools.


CRACKINGTON HAVEN - A delightful spot, with a sandy beach, surrounded by stretches of down-land covered with golden gorse.


But there's more to Bude than just sea and sand. You'll find superb sport facilities, a fascinating museum, 18-hole golf course, bustling shopping centre and many fine restaurants. And away from the pounding surf is the calm of Bude Canal, where you can fish, canoe or simply stroll.


The folk of Bude know how to throw a party, too. Each August the town taps its toes to the rhythms of the week-long Bude Jazz Festival, with its international artists and New Orleans-style street parades. Other festivities include carnivals, shows and Xmas torchlight processions.


Each summer the town swings to the rooty tooty rhythms of the famous Bude Jazz Festival, and then there's the Cajun music festival, a spectacular carnival and Lifeboat day in August.


If all this excitement gets too much, take time off to explore Bude's past, on display in the museum housed in the former canal smithy. Nearby stands a small castle built in 1830 by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, engineer and inventor of the steam carriage


The Bude Canal Wharf Area


The Bude Canal was built primarily to transport sea sand, rich in lime, to farms in North Cornwall & West Devon, where the soil was poor. Sea-going vessels using the sea lock with a depth of 15 feet on an average spring tide brought coastal cargoes of limestone coal and general merchandise. The lock is one of the last working sea locks in the country and well worth a visit.


HELEBRIDGE - The first part of the Bude Canal, from the sea locks to Helebridge, is a traditional barge lock canal, and is still navigable, although the lock gates at Rodds Bridge and Whalesborough have long since been replaced with concrete spillways. A level canalside walk, either to Helebridge and back, or travelling via Upton or Widemouth Bay, back to Bude, takes in not only the canal, but also the nature reserve, and a wide variety of differing wildlife habitat. At Helebridge itself, after crossing the A39, one can see the old wharf area, and the restored barge workshop, where the local council have set up a pleasant picnic area.






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