Places of Interest
There are a lot of places of interest to visit around the Bude area and wider Cornwall. In the lodge you will find a folder of brochures detailing most of these, but here are a few examples.
There is a river and canal running through Bude. Rowing boats and canoes can be hired by the hour for a short trip up the canal. If you enjoy walking then follow the canal path for about 50 minutes and it will bring you to the Weir (www.weir-restaurant-bude.co.uk) a beautifully situated restaurant/café/wildlife centre. If you want to start your journey at the Weir there is a cycle path, where bikes can be hired (www.budebikehire.co.uk).
Bude has two main beaches close to the town, Summerleaze and Crooklets. Both are sandy beaches ideal for bathing, surfing and body boarding.
Close to the lodge is the beach of Sandymouth, and further south is Widemouth Bay, both with excellent cafes.
All the beaches are patrolled by lifeguards throughout the season, making them a safe haven for families with children.
Just a short drive away is the Tamar otter sanctuary, always a favourite with the children and ideal on a dull day, a change from the beach. There are a number of other animals there, but the beautiful otters are the main attraction and you can get up close.
About a half hour drive to the north is Clovelly, one of the most picturesque villages in Cornwall. There is no vehicle access, so you park at the top and walk down the narrow cobbled paths to the small harbour at the bottom. Local supplies are carried on sledges. There is a Land Rover service which ferries visitors up and down via a back road, for those not wishing to negotiate the steep hill on foot.
Nearby is the main road to Hartland Quay, with its beautiful rock formations, abbey and gardens.
Just north of Clovelly is the old town of Bideford on the river, well worth a visit. There are boat trips on the river and a longer journey over to the island of Lundy to see the birdlife including puffins.
About a half hour drive to the south is Port Isaac, familiar to fans of Doc Martin and very picturesque. It is interesting to walk around and see all the buildings filmed in the series. There are also quite a few nice places to eat. Whilst in the area you can also visit Boscastle and Tintagel, famous for its castle.