Surfer takes to the waves at Widemouth Bay near Bude in north Cornwall - one of the top 10 things to do in and around Bude
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Top 10 things to do in Bude

Colourful beach huts on the beach at Bude
Hire a colourful hut on Summerlease or Crooklets beaches

Bude has won awards for Best Seaside Town in the British Travel Awards four years in a row. And with its range of independent shops, galleries and restaurants, to gorgeous and safe beaches, host of historical attractions and an abundance of outdoor activities, you soon see why!

Our Top 10 list of things to do in Bude:

Take a dip in Bude sea pool on Summerlease beach

Bude Sea Pool

Take a dip in Bude’s semi-natural sea pool overlooking Summerleaze beach. Built in 1930s, the pool is open daily and free to swimmers thanks to the work of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool charity.

Walk the South West Coast Path on one of the many sections accessible from Gwelmor holiday home
Stunning scenery whilst walking The South West Coast Path

Walk The South West Coast Path

If you want to get the blood flowing on an invigorating walk, you’ve come to the right place. Bude is gateway to some of the toughest sections of this 630-mile-long national coastal trail. It may hurt in places but the rewards of spectacular views make the ‘burn’ worth it.

Read about our favourites from our Walk the South West Coast Path blogs: Hartland Quay to Morwenstow, Morwenstow to Bude, Widemouth to Crackington Haven, Crackington Haven to Boscastle, and Boscastle to Tintagel.

Learn to surf - image @stuartcornish777

Learn to Surf

Bude is a great place to learn to surf and you won’t find it hard to find a school to teach you! If you’re a complete novice or just want to hone your skills, then this is the perfect place either at Summerleaze, Crooklets or Widemouth Bay.

Walk, cycle or paddle along Bude Canal
Bude Canal

Bude Canal

Walk, cycle or paddle this unique waterway which is a haven for wildlife. Built in 1823, it was originally used to transport lime-bearing sand for use as agricultural fertiliser. The canal’s locks used to haul the sand up steep slopes by chains. The canal is a lovely place to walk and is suitable for wheelchair users.

Sir Goldsworthy Gurney

The Castle Bude & Heritage Centre

Built in 1830 and steeped in history, The Castle is a Grade II listed building and sits near the sand dunes overlooking Summerleaze beach alongside Bude Canal. In the Heritage Centre you can discover all about Bude’s scientist and inventor, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, and explore the town’s railway, military and maritime history.

Crooklets Beach, one of several Blue Flag beaches in and around Bude in north Cornwall
Crooklets Beach in Bude, one of several Blue Flag beaches in the local area

Explore amazing beaches

Bude is surrounded by amazing award-winning beaches. Both Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches are just off the town centre with their colourful beach huts and host of attractions. Both have been awarded Blue Flag status, as have nearby Widemouth Bay, Sandymouth, Crackington Haven and Millook.

Close up of youngsters clipping himself in for safety before trying out caving in Bude

Caving and climbing

Bude is a great place for a whole host of activities from climbing, caving, mountain boarding, abseiling and much much more. Adventure Bude has it all so youngsters have no time to get bored!

Youngsters wearing protective gear link up on rock face with one jumping into the sea coastering
Youngster trying coasteering


If you’re a bit of an adrenalin junkie and fancy exploring some of north Cornwall’s dramatic coastline from a different angle, then coasteering could be for you. Kitted out with a wetsuit, lifejacket and helmet you be able to swim, jump, dive and scramble sea caves and rugged outcrops

Rebel Cinema near Bude in north Cornwall

Enjoy the big screen

Rebel Cinema is an independently run cinema and a great place to hide away on those typically British summer days. It’s two screens are kitted out with digital 3D projection and surround sound and the box offices holds all the traditional cinema treats such as popcorn, ice cream and sweets

Take a swing with a game at Bude and North Cornwall Golf club

Swing for it!

Nestled next to Bude town centre and overlooking the Atlantic ocean, Bude and North Cornwall Golf club is a members venue but does welcome visitors throughout the year. This unique, historic course has been played on since 1891 and the 18-hole links course is suitable for players of all abilities.

Gwelmor Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage

Just four minutes’ walk from the beach at Widemouth Bay, Gwelmor is a luxurious, self-catering holiday cottage which sleeps six (plus travel cot).

Our property welcomes three dogs and has a host of provisions to make your dog's stay as relaxing as yours.

Gwelmor was named the South West’s Best Dog Friendly Business of the Year 2021/2022 and won Gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2021/2022

Why not take our virtual tour and book your stay today!

Gwelmor was named the South West’s Best Dog Friendly Business of the Year 2021/2022 and won Gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2021/2022.
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