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Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Daymer Bay
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
Lundy Bay
North Hill
Petherwin Gate
Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
South Petherwin
St Breward
St Endellion
St Issey
St Juliot
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St Mabyn
St Merryn/Shop
Stoke Climsland
St Teath
St Tudy
Trebarwith Strand
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Widemouth Bay



   Bude is located on the north Cornwall coast and offers a diverse variety of things to do and places to stay. Bude is a well established holiday resort with the lovely sandy beach at Summerleaze, to the well served town centre. There are canal walks or boating to enjoy. Bude has excellent Golf links, tennis courts and all other manner of recreational pursuits. The nightlife during the season is second only perhaps to Newquay which incidentally is in the borough of Restormel and not North Cornwall as some folk would have you believe.

Bude Light and Bude Castle

Bude canal

In 2008 Bude Canal lock gate was replaced after heavy seas destroyed the old one. The canal is a beautiful area for taking a stroll, from sea front, past lock and boats to inland waterways teeming with wildlife. An area of Bude that is enjoyed by young and old alike.

Bude canal

 Bude canal was built primarily to ship sand to Launceston but now you can hire a boat and and take in the scenery. All in all Bude offers a fantastic family resort with many excellent Hotels and Bed and Breakfast, for those of you who don't want to camp that is, and I don't know why you would not as there are some excellent sites in North Cornwall. There are also excellent leisure facilities here for those swimmers who don't like the sea.

Bude boasts a mild climate and the summer heat is tempered by the Atlantic breeze, almost tropical.

Bude was originally just a Chapel built on a rock in the Middle Ages, a hermitage, dedicated to the Holy Trinity and St Michael. The rock on which the chapel stood now forms part of the breakwater and still bears the name "Chapel Rock"

Summerleaze beach

Summerleaze beach has a large bathing pool for the non sea lovers and you can enjoy the view from many of the vantage points along the cliff path to Crooklets or south towards Widemouth Bay.

Summerlease beach at Bude

Crooklets beach is located to the north of Summerleaze beach and is easily found by either walking north along the coast path for about 7 minutes or if you are in a car then if you pass through the centre of Bude and head out of the one way system at the top of Bude town centre, to the left just past the nightclub, Crooklets is approximately 500 metres away.

There are many different varieties of water fowl that now live on the canal.

   St Gennys church can be found in the Rosecare Hamlet. It is dedicated to St Genesius who carried is head with him after he had been decapitated.

A view of Bude canal upstream

   Bude (Cornish: Bud) is a small seaside resort town in north Cornwall at the mouth of the River Neet. Bude is twinned with Ergué-Gabéric in France. It is suggested that the modern name is a shortened form of Bude Haven and that this in turn was a corruption of the name Bede Haven meaning "Harbour of the holy men" suggesting Bude might have been a landing place for early Christians. The Victorians favoured it as a watering place, and it was a popular seaside destination in the twentieth century. Tourism is the main industry in the Bude area whilst some fishing is carried on. In the past, the staple trade was the export of sand, which, being highly charged with carbonate of lime, was much used for manure. There are also golf links in the town. There is some local debate as to the origins of the golf course. It has been suggested the land the course occupies was given to the town for leisure use and that a few wealthy individuals took it to create a golf course excluding most of the townspeople from full enjoyment of the land. At the northern most point of Efford Down Farm, over looking Summerleaze Beach and the breakwater, a former coastguard lookout stands. Known as Compass Point and built by the Acland family in 1840 of local sandstone, it is based on the Temple of Winds in Athens. It was moved to its current position in 1880. It is so called as it has points of the compass carved in each of its octagonal sides.

Stratton is a classed as a part of Bude but Stratton has a very different feel to Bude. At the heart is a pretty focal point in the centre that leads off in all directions, the quaint patchwork of houses and cottages in this lovely town are best explored on foot to be really appreciated.

A view of the centre of Stratton village.


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