Walking and swimming
Bude is ideally situated with easy access to all of the attractions of North Cornwall and Devon. The South West Coastal Path runs along the coast here offering excellent walking for those interested. The path runs for 613 miles from Minehead in the north to Poole on the south coast. The good news is, you don’t have to do it all at once.
There are some excellent short walks from the Bude area to neighbouring beaches and bays. For example: heading south along the path for about 1 hour, you reach Widemouth Bay, with a beautiful beach for bathing and surfing, but above all, nice cafes for a well earned coffee before the walk back. There is a bus if you can’t face the trek back to Bude.
There are many other walks of various lengths depending on your fitness and ability. Local shops and the tourist information centre have leaflets and books outlining the routes.
There are two main beaches in the town, ideal for swimming and surfing. They are patrolled by lifeguards all through the season. In addition, there is a sea pool, a large outdoor pool on the beach, which fills with fresh sea water on every tide.
There are two golf clubs in Bude. The Bude and North Cornwall club has a large 18 hole course right in the centre of town. It basically cuts the town in two. The course runs almost down to the sea, so offers beautiful coastal views whilst playing. For more details see www.budegolf.co.uk.
The second is a 9 hole course and driving range half way between Penstowe and Bude. The Ivy Leaf club is open 7 days a week with floodlit evening sessions on the driving range. See www.ivyleafgolf.com for further information.
There are numerous places to fish around the coast, from the shore or a hire boat. There is also an excellent course fishing lake just a few minute drive from the lodge. Killock Farm offers course fishing for carp (common, mirror and crucian), bream and tench.
There is also a farm shop and café.