The main attraction for a lot of our guests are the nearby beaches which offer a fantastic playground for all ages.
Widemouth Bay /Black Rock is our nearest beach, 10 minutes drive and viewable from the complex. Widemouth Bay is a long sandy beach, great for sand castles, rock pooling, body boarding, surfing, walking and exploring the unusual geographical formations. Lifeguard during the summer season, wetsuit and surf/bodyboard hire outlets, cafes and wc with convenient parking. The south side of Widmouth Bay (Black Rock) is dog friendly all year round.
Bude Summerlease and Crooklets beaches are both close to the town centre with easy parking. Summerlease is larger with a sea pool and allows dogs on a lead. Both ideal for all beach activities with Lifeguards, cafes, hire shops wc’s.
Northcott Mouth is to the north of Bude. Small sandy beach with rocky outcrops, rock pools and wildlife but with limited parking.
Sandy Mouth Beach (National Trust) is a superb long sandy beach with some rock pools, cafe and equipment hire, but the parking is limited so we suggest you arrive early. Access to the beach is steep and rocky.
Crackington Haven and Trebarwith Strand these both lie to the south of Bude lovely beaches with usual facilities to the south of Widemouth Bay
Welcome Beach is tucked away down a very bumpy single lane track, with limited car parking at the end, and no lifeguard. There are stony steps leading down to the beach. Although there are no facilities or services it is beautiful, peaceful, has lovely sand and rock pools and spectacular sunsets.
The surf on this stretch of coastline is regarded as some of the best in the county. Many people try body boarding (we have a few boards which you are welcome to borrow), whilst others try to surf. There are many schools which offer tuition /equipment hire for half day as a taster. All are very helpful and encouraging taking the beginner to the advanced.
The Camel Trail is a path and cycle way that has been converted from a disused railway line. The most popular section is from Wadebridge to Padstow along the river Estuary which is about four miles long, flat and easy going. The parking is best at Wadebridge but you can hire bikes from either end. There is plenty to look at along the way, with boats and waterskiers on the river, lovely surroundings and wildlife around you, and benches along the track where you can rest or picnic. You can park your bikes at Padstow whilst you go for a look round and maybe dine in one of the many fish restaurants, or look at the boats in the harbour. The trail actually extends to Bodmin and beyond in the opposite direction from Wadebridge, so for a longer ride you might want to give that a go.
Padstow is a small popular fishing harbour where all sorts of boats tie up along side the fishing boats. You can drop crab lines into the harbour, meander around the many surf shops , boutiques, galleries, take a trip out to sea on a boat, catch a foot passenger ferry over to Rock, on the other side of the estuary, walk over the hill to the beach. Cycle back and feel quite fit!
Wadebridge is also a popular local town with a Tesco store to pick up food for the hungry family on the way back to the cottages.
It is a popular activity and ideally you need to reserve your bikes early on in the day/holiday.
There is also the Tarka Trail that runs from Braunton (north of Barnstaple) to Bideford and south to Meeth. This is also mainly on disused railway lines, reasonably flat and well surfaced (not quite so much once south of Torrington!). It is about 30 miles long in total, but Bideford to Barnstaple is only about 11 miles. www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail
There are a number of centres in the area which offer a range of equestrian activities:
In this area of Cornwall the landscape both coastal and rural can be quite dramatic and breathtaking. The South West Coast path, which is accessible from many points (just look out for the signs) around the coast, can be easy walking or rugged depending on the section you are on. There is lots of information at www.southwestcoastpath.com
There are numerous gardens and historic houses to visit in the area.
The Eden Project is 45 minutes away and makes a good family day out. As well as the horticultural aspect, there are educational and activity domes. There are usually special events running throughout the year. Telephone number: 01726 811911 or www.edenproject.com
Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington. The RHS gardens have various types of gardens including water, fruit/veg and flowers, all beautifully maintained. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor. It is near to the Tarka Trail and Dartington Crystal www.dartington.co.uk
National Trust Properties include:
There are a number of golf courses and driving ranges in the area as well as crazy golf in Bude Golf Courses :
Water sport activities with/without tuition, craft hire, canoes, dinghy's, windsurfers, wetsuits buoyancy aids for hire available at South West lakes. Superb safe locations for having a go at the sports, relaxed, friendly centres, so have a go!
There are lovely lakeside walks, wildlife, tea rooms/restaurant picnic areas (and small children’s play park at Tamar) there to keep everyone amused.
Fly, Coarse, Sea, Shore fishing at various locations , further information in our Tourist Information Office.
There are tennis courts for hire in Bude near the canal.
Organised introductions to rock climbing, caving, orienteering off road cycling , guided walks: or telephone 01822 290414 for latest events information
Indoor rock climbing walls at Launceston 01822 870521