Explore all Cornwall has to offer, from the charming fishing villages such as Boscastle and Tintagel (25 minutes drive) and Padstow and Rock (50 minutes) to walking some of the stunning South West Coast Path National Trail (630 miles of superb coastline) which is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world.
Popular village and town destinations:
- Bude (2 miles) - www.visitbude.info - Named as the "Best UK Coastal Resort" two years in a row (2015 - 2016) following the British Travel Awards, this charming seaside town attracts food lovers, ramblers, riders, golfers and swimmers to name a few.
- Marhamchurch - Wooldown is located two miles South of Bude, on the outskirts of the quaint village of Marhamchurch with its community shop, pub and restaurant being just a few minutes walk.
- Boscastle (14 miles) - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/boscastle/- one of the few remaining unspoilt harbour villages in Cornwall in an Area of Outstanding beauty.
- Tintagel (17 miles) - www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/tintagel-castle/- renowned for it's association with the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the magic of the association is captured particularly by King Arthur's Castle.
- Clovelly (19 miles) - www.clovelly.co.uk- the steep village of Clovelly features a cobbled street that tumbles down past gleaming white cottages to the small harbour.
- Port Isaac (25 miles) - where the ITV series Doc Martin is set, known as “Port Wenn”.
- Rock (29 miles) - www.padstowlive.com/home/rock- situated opposite Padstow on the Northeast bank of the River Camel estuary, it has been referred to as 'Britain's Saint Tropez'. Acclaimed as one of the major watersports centres in Cornwall with sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing.
- Padstow (35 miles) - www.padstowlive.com- a great example of a Cornish fishing port and the town is mainly unspoilt featuring good shopping facilities, cafes, pubs and restaurants including the famous “Seafood Restuarant” run by chef, Rick Stein.
- Watergate Bay (40 miles) - www.watergatebay.info- Features over a mile of perfect sand at low tide and offers a great range of adrenaline sports including surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, kite buggy, land board and mountain boarding also popular for Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall restaurant.
Take a look at the National Trust's website for more places to discover, including secret coves and World Heritage Site mining areas in Cornwall: National Trust: Cornwall - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/south-west/things-to-see-and-do/cornwall/
There are some excellent beaches nearby, in fact, Bude (2 miles) was voted the 7th Best Beach Destination in the UK by millions of TripAdvisor users (March 2012).
Time to try crabbing in the rock pools and scrambling over the rocks, a day at the beach is a sure favourite for all ages. The seaside town of Bude plays a big part in the surfing community due to the popular surrounding beaches such as Widemouth Bay, Sandymouth and Crooklets (all within 3 miles of Wooldown).
- Widemouth Bay (3 miles) - Popular with families and surfers, the north and south beaches form a large beach at low tide - both ends of the beach have car parks, toilet facilies and cafes, the south end is know as Black Rock.
- Summerleaze Beach (3 miles) - just a few minutes walk from Bude town centre with its large car park that leads directly onto the sand dunes, characterized by the river Neet that runs alongside flowing into the sea, sheltered by the breakwater. Sitting on the edge of the beach is the Bude Sea Pool, it was built in the 1930s to provide a safe swimming environment, find out more here.
- Crooklets Beach (3 miles) - Situated north of Bude the beach can be reached by a short walk that goes over Summerleaze Down, it features a wide area of golden sand at low tide and is great for families with a large car park, beach cafe and showers, it is more exposed than Summerleaze and this makes it popular for surfers.
- Northcott Mouth (4 miles) - A rocky cove with a sandy beach at lower tide, children will enjoy the stream that crosses the beach and the rock pools. There is a small car park run by the National Trust but there are no toilet facilities. Surfers can also enjoy the waves created by rocky reefs.
- Sandymouth (7 miles) - Another National Trust owned beach with a car park located at the top of the cliff and a steep ravine accessing the beach. This is a quieter beach and features it's own waterfall. There is also a cafe and public toilets.
- Duckpool (7 miles) - A picturesque cove with a small pebbly beach revealing expanses of sand and rock pools at low tide. It is suitable for experienced surfers and it is dangerous for swimming. There is a National Trust car park with level access to the beach.
- Millook Beach (5 miles) - A quiet pebbly beach lies south of Widemouth Bay. The Penalt Cliff strata is of keen interest to geologists. Parking is very limited and there are no facilities. The tidal swells make it a good choice for experienced surfers.
- Crackington Haven (9.5 miles) - Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is situated 7 miles north of Boscastle. Walking access to Widemouth Bay and Strangles can be reached making use of the South West Coast Path and offers outstanding coastal views.
- Strangles (11.5 miles) - It is usually quiet due to access from high cliffs (over 700 feet), the highest in Cornwall, that back the beach it is worth a visit to see the sheer size. It is not suitable for small children or swimming, there are no facilities and limited parking.
For more information on the above beaches, please visit the Bude Tourist Information Centre website - www.visitbude.info/things-to-do/bude-beaches you can also compare the beaches features visiting: http://www.beachesincornwall.co.uk/bude
Why not take a stroll from Wooldown through the village of Marhamchurch and then along the level towpath following the Canal with a chance of seeing some Otters and Kingfishers, from Helebridge to the town of Bude (2 miles).
Bude Canal and River Neet Valley route - www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=13350
This walk can be extended to cover the coastal walk from Compass Point towards Widemouth Bay and back to Helebridge, Marhamchurch, pop into the nearby bistro and coffee house for a well earned treat!
Bude Canal and Coastal Circular route - www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/686/
Use the walk finder to discover more - http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walkfinder/
For the more experienced walker, guests often stay with us to conquer part of the famous 630 mile South West Coast Path (SWCP), which goes from Minehead to Poole. The route is perfect for those that seek to explore the varied coastline further. Popular coast path routes run from Bude south to Crackington Haven and north towards Marsland Mouth.
South West Coast Path - www.southwestcoastpath.com
Bude Tourist Information Centre sell a range of walking leaflets that you can purchase during your stay or they can be posted to you for a charge, they are also happy to suggest routes if you contact them:
Bude Tourist Information Centre - www.visitbude.info
Cornwall enjoys the warmth of the gulf stream which enables the many gardens across the county to hold a variety of beautiful, rare and exciting plants and trees.
- National Trust: Lanhydrock, Bodmin (32 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/
- Prideaux Place, Padstow (34 miles) - www.prideauxplace.co.uk
- The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery, St Mawgan, Newquay (37 miles) www.thebonsainursery.com
- The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell (38 miles) - www.edenproject.com
- National Trust: Trerice House and Gardens, Newquay (42 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trerice/
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell (45 miles) - www.heligan.com
- Caerhays Estate, St Austell (48 miles) - www.caerhays.co.uk
- Trewithen, Truro (49 miles) - www.trewithengardens.co.uk
- National Trust: Trelissick Garden, Truro (59 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick-garden/
- Trebah Garden, Falmouth (67 miles) - www.trebahgarden.co.uk
- Bonython Estate Gardens, Helston (75 miles) - www.bonythonmanor.co.uk
There are a wide range of cycling opportunities that can be enjoyed by beginners and more experienced cyclists alike. From gentler routes, coastal routes, quiet country lanes, village to village routes to breathtaking cliff and valley trails. There are plenty of more challenging routes as Bude is part of the main National Cycle Network:
The network links to the Camel Trail (28 miles south) which runs from Padstow to Poley's Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin, it passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the Camel Estuary, it is one of the most popular recreational routes in Cornwall.
Camel Trail - www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/camel-trail
The National Cycle Network also links Bude North to Devon’s Tarka Trail through minor roads that pass the Ruby Country.
Tarka Trail - www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/tarka-trail
Bude is also a popular overnight stop for many cyclists riding the scenic route from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Coastline, rocky, rugged, proud,
Crumbling cliffs in ozone shroud,
Sun-kissed drifts of desert sand,
Golden frame of a sea cradled land.
Fishing village, atmospheric hub,
Brass band playing, outside quaint old pub,
Boats, all sizes, rest near harbour wall,
Wading birds sift through tide-filled pool.
Foliage explosion of a Cornish hedge,
Country lanes snake, and young birds fledge,
Ruminants, punctuating, quilted hill,
Buzzards soar and wise hares are still.
Tin mine engine house, towering stack,
Roof caved in, gorse and bracken's back,
White clay peak, geometrical and sleek,
Earth's riches gouged, canyon deep.
Moorland, open, untamed, granite strewn,
Wild ponies dance to a skylark's tune,
Tor and beacon, barrow and mound,
You're in God's own country, when you walk this ground.
By Cornish Poet, Clive Blake.