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a Seaside Town in the county of Cornwall

About Bude

Backed in parts by grassy downs, the wide sandy sweep of Bude Bay with creamy waves flowing in endless procession from the Atlantic make this a perfect summer place for surfers. Set on the spectacular Cornish Heritage Coast with numerous coves and sandy beaches, the area offers one of the finest surfing destinations in England. Widemouth Sand, beneath Pehalt Cliff is a much used spot and for those who do not have their own, just as on most of Bude Bay, there are surfboards for hire.

Here, the splendour of the coast meets the countryside, enfolding many picturesque places .Duckpool, lying to the north of Bude has a pretty stream flowing in from the lush greenery of the beautiful Coombe Valley. Interestingly, the stream is crossed by an ancient bridge with a stone telling us that King William IV made a contribution of £20 towards its construction. At Steeple Point, a sandy, shingle backed beach is guarded by towering cliffs. The woodlands of Coombe Valley offer sanctuary to birds and small mammals, nature trails take you through a wonderland of magnificent trees, shrubs and plant-life. Coombe is a delightful little hamlet where you can see a disused watermill from the 19th-century.

Visitors flock to Bude in droves for this is an area which offers so much variety that you will be quite spoilt for choice. Sandy Mouth has a rock scattered beach were a receding tide leaves interesting rock pools, it also has huge jagged pinnicles rising majestically like the ruins of some ancient castle. Away from the coast, the area has its share of history - the historic village of Stratton just a short distance from Bude, was a scene of battle in the turbulent days of the Civil War. Every May, the battle is re-enacted by members of the Sealed Knot. Whatever you choose to do, in Bude there is something of interest for every member of the family - there are friendly inns, restaurants, beach-side cafe's and visitor attractions to suit all tastes.

Places to visit include: the museum at Hartland Quay, the Nature Reserve at Mead, historic Stratton, enjoy a walk along the South West Coastal Path, or take a sea fishing trip.

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Hartland point

Hartland (49 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(11.6 miles, 18.6 km, direction N of Bude)

There is not a lot to beat the sound of waves crashing against the rocky promontory which was known by the Roman's as the "Promontory of Hercules"...


Boscastle (133 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Cornwall

(11.8 miles, 18.9 km, direction SW of Bude)

Boscastle is favoured with the only natural harbour along a rugged rock strewn twenty mile stretch of North Cornish Coast...

Clovelly, Devon

Clovelly (320 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(13.4 miles, 21.6 km, direction NE of Bude)

Clovelly is beautiful, it retains an 'Olde Worlde' charm that even along this breathtaking coastline, is simply incomparable...

Tintagel sea view

Tintagel (197 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(14.6 miles, 23.5 km, direction SW of Bude)

Legendry seat of King Arthur, graced with spectacular cliff scenery and the ruins of a castle built for the Earl of Cornwall in 1145, and of a Celtic Monastery. King Arthur's.....

Watergate Bay

Watergate (10 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(16.3 miles, 26.3 km, direction S of Bude)

Watergate occupies a lovely location between the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow and the exciting surfing beaches of Newquay...

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Tintagel Castle - April 2004

Tintagel Castle (83 Pictures)

(14.5 miles, 23.4 km, direction SW)

The local tourist industry in Tintagel leans heavily upon tales surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but.....

Inside Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall.

Merlin's Cave (8 Pictures)

(14.6 miles, 23.5 km, direction SW)

This deep cavernous black slate hole, full of eyrie atmosphere is said to be the cave where the legendry King Arthur is purported.....

Tintagel Post Office, Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel Old Post Office (11 Pictures)

(14.6 miles, 23.5 km, direction SW)

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Launceston Castle, Cornwall

Launceston Castle (9 Pictures)

(15.2 miles, 24.5 km, direction SE)


The famous and historic Bodmin Moor, Bodmin, Cornwall

Bodmin Moor (69 Pictures)

(18.1 miles, 29.1 km, direction S)


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RHS Garden Rosemoor (35 Pictures)

(19.5 miles, 31.3 km, direction E)


Lydford Castle, Lydford, Devon

Lydford Castle (1 Pictures)

(22.7 miles, 36.6 km, direction SE)

A simple square keep is all that remains of Lydford Castle. The castle, standing on a small mound in the shadow of the church.....

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