Some top local beaches are:
Crooklets Beach – Central Bude
This beach is approximately a five minute walk away. It is a bit pebbly at the top, but a huge expanse of golden sand is revealed when the tide goes out. Overall, Crooklets is a great all-rounder, perfect for surfing, strolling, sunset-watching, star-gazing…and of course sunbathing (weather dependent). The beach has lifeguard cover during the extended high season (May – September) and facilities include toilets, a large car park.
Summerleaze Beach – Central Bude
Bude's 'main' beach, Summerleaze is one of the busiest beaches in the area and just a stone’s throw away. Probably one of the most picturesque beaches around, the bright fishing boats that rest on the sand whilst waiting to go out with the next tide are a great inspiration to local photographers and artists; as is the nationally- acclaimed Bude Sea Pool. Summerleaze is protected from all but the largest swells and is safe for young ones and novice surfers. Facilities include an RNLI Shop, toilets, a large car park, and a children’s play area.
Northcott Mouth Beach - 3 Miles North of Bude
Set in a National Trust area, the sandy Northcott Beach is popular with surfers and families when the tide is out. Young ones love exploring the fine sand, rock pools and stream, which runs down through the beach. The car park at the top of the hill is a fair size, but does get busy in nice weather so be sure to get there early! There is a lifeguard during the high season but the beach has no real facilities to speak of.
Widemouth Bay and Black Rock Beach – 3 Miles South of Bude
The most popular beach in the area, Widemouth Bay is accessible along the South West coastal path. The bay offers fantastic conditions for surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools are based there. Surfers will experience a variety peaks of from the north to the south end of the beach, breaking on sand or reef, producing spilling or heavy barrelling waves. Viewing areas with free car parking are located at both the north and south end of the bay so you can enjoy the fantastic panorama without getting your feet sandy! There are ample parking and facilities for a day by the seaside. Widemouth is lifeguarded during the extended high season.
Duckpool Beach – 6 Miles North of Bude
Duckpool is often less crowded when other beaches are buzzing at the height of the season. Nestled between high cliffs, with the imposing Steeple Point to the right, Duckpool is one of the most attractive and dramatic coves in the area. The beach is beautiful, but not suitable for swimming, as the currents are extremely dangerous and no lifeguard cover is provided. There are toilets and a car park which is home to the occasional ice cream van.
Sandymouth Beach – 5 Miles North of Bude
Sandymouth’s car park is situated at the top of the cliff and the walk down to the beach leads you through quite a steep ravine, so we have to send a quick warning: if you have mobility difficulties, it’s one to avoid. That said, once there, you are rewarded with a lovely quiet beach with its very own waterfall! Hence, the remoteness doesn't deter the locals on a warm summer's day. With a shop and licensed café/restaurant, you can quite easily spend the whole day at Sandymouth. The beach is life guarded during the high season. Other facilities include toilets and a large car park.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world. Many treks, trails and hikes are available but our favourite is by far the Bude Coast and Canal Walk. The 5.6 mile walk offers lovely sea views, before turning inland across farmland to join the canal towpath back to Bude. If the weather's good pack a pasty and watch the boats and kayaks on the canal - or why not hire one yourself and take your picnic upstream? A fine route in spring, when there are ducklings and even cygnets on the canal, the hedges are full of primroses and celandines and warblers sing in the blossom-covered bushes. It is good in autumn too, when pipits and buntings find rich pickings in the stubble of the newly-harvested fields. Get the route here: http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/34/ or ask at reception to print the route.
An Mor is situated a two minute walk away from the nearest golf course and there is a whopping 39 golf courses within 90 minutes drive of the hotel in Bude. In the immediate North Cornwall/Devon area you can tee off at:
Bude and North Cornwall Golf Course
This 18 hole links course is deemed to be one of Cornwall’s finest golf courses, it is neatly-placed for some great sea views and the natural all weather fairways and greens are rarely unplayable.
Holsworthy Golf Club
This beautifully presented, 18 hole, par 70, parkland course in North Devon is just 15 minutes drive from Bude. The club has a good reputation for being super-friendly and welcoming guests.
Ivyleaf Golf Course and Driving Range
Looking for a family-friendly, less stressful course? This par 32, 9 hole, 2300 yard parkland golf course is just 3 miles from Bude. Overlooking the coast, this is a pay and play course where young’uns are welcome and no handicap is required.
Also, on the cliff top between Summerleaze and Crooklets Beach, Bude Cricket Club operates a 9 hole Pitch and Putt, and there is Crazy Golf next to Bude Canal.
There are many shops in Bude Centre that will hire surf equipment but may we suggest our friends at The Cabin? Ian the manager can advise you on surfboards, wetsuits and accessory hire for beginners and advanced surfers.
There are many surf schools available for group or private surf lessons. May we recommend Atlantic Pursuits. Ask to speak to Sam, he will look after you! Day time 07974718145. Evening 01288 321765.