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Pop on your hiking boots and explore Cornwall’s windswept craggy sandstone cliffs surrounded by wild flowers and untamed grasslands, pop over to Crooklets’ wide sandy shores for a surfing lesson, or grab a bucket and spade and head for family holiday beach fun at Widemouth Bay. You can’t get bored with beautiful beaches, idyllic countryside and wild rugged cliffs on your doorstep. At Cornwall’s most northern point, Bude provides a mellow beside-the-seaside holiday hotspot with sandy beaches galore.

Things to see

Built around an estuary heading out to the wild Atlantic Sea with a long expanse of fine sand on one side, Bude’s main draw is its undeniably scenic coastal position. Bude Beach is handily placed just a stone’s throw from the town’s fish and chip shops, local cafés and handmade craft stores, while to the south of town Widemouth Bay’s a popular choice for families picnicking behind windbreakers, surrounded by grassy dune-like fields and low hills. Of course you can’t escape Bude’s iconic image as a surfer’s paradise. Catch some waves with the professionals at Crooklets – home to plenty of show-boating even when there’s no competitions going on, while 5 miles south of town lies Crackington Haven – an ever-loved surfing spot. North of Bude, Sandymouth Beach is tucked beneath the towering cliffs of the Hartland Cornwall Heritage Coast – it’s an idyllic Cornish cove up there with the best of them.

Hotels in Bude

Bude itself has a number of good value accommodation options – perfect if you’re looking for a cheap Bude hotel. Most of these are 2 or 3-star rated hotels and guesthouses. For something more luxurious, try heading out of town to a 4-star rated farm-based guesthouse, where you’ll find top-end amenities including high quality decor, welcoming service and full English breakfast made from local produce. Bude’s vast array of self-catering accommodation options range from countryside cottages to town centre period homes and campsites. These vary in quality and amenities so check this before you book, though nowadays many offer WiFi.

Where to stay

Bude’s town centre is small enough to walk around easily, but anywhere within a stone’s throw of the river will put you in a very central location. Head a bit further from the town centre to find good value accommodation among slightly less bustling residential streets. Away from Bude, many inland villages and hamlets offer at least one B&B, guesthouse or inn, providing countryside charm in the heart of a community, often with a much lower price tag. The north Cornish countryside’s a place of untamed rolling hills, sheep-dotted pastures and babbling brook-filled woodlands, perfect for hiking, wildlife-spotting and cycling.

How to get to Bude

Despite being a summer tourist haven, North Cornwall remains a rural area that’s quite isolated from the rest of the country. The main roads in take approximately 1.5 hours from the M5. In summer roads can get busy with traffic, so bare this in mind. Barnstaple railway station is about an hours’ drive from Bude, running trains from Exeter’s mainline station through mid-Devon. Travelling by coach can be a great option to avoid indirect journeys. If you really want to make the most of your time, using – or hiring – a car will give you much more freedom and flexibility.