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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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
A view of Bude canal upstream
Bud) is a small seaside
resort town in north Cornwall at the mouth of the River Neet. Bude is
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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