Try something new
Holidays are the perfect time to do something you've never tried before, take a look through the list of easy to access activities to see if something takes your fancy.
The seaside town of Bude plays a big part in the surfing community due to the popular surrounding beaches, such as west facing Summerleaze and Crooklets in the town itself which work on all tides and hold swells up to around eight feet.
The world famous surfing beach of Widemouth Bay can be discovered a couple of miles south of Bude, from which, many of the views that can be admired from Wooldown focus towards.
North of Bude, Northcott Mouth, Sandymouth and Duckpool are also very popular for surfing.
Perfect for a couple or as a family activity. There are three main types of rides:
Trekking - a relaxing way to take in the outstanding scenery while spending time with an instructor - great for short fun rides for children or a whole day exploring.
Beach Riding - a breathtaking, exhilarating horseback ride along the beautiful beaches and coastline.
Hacking - more suited to groups, hacking is more of a casual horse ride and enables less experienced riders to enjoy the hour or so trip.
- Efford Down Stables (3 miles)
- Broomhill Manor (4 miles)
- Gooseham Barton (12 miles)
Wooldown is ideally situated to try out a wide range of golf courses, there are around six within a twenty mile distance.
Bude Golf Club crosses the town centre and to the edge of the coastline and is more suited towards the experienced golfer. For a more relaxed course, Ivyleaf, located between Bude and Kilkhampton just off the A39 has some truly spectacular views.
- Bude (2 miles) - www.budegolf.co.uk
- Ivy Leaf Golf Course and Driving Range (3 miles) - www.ivyleafgolf.com
- Holsworthy Golf Club (10 miles) - www.holsworthygolfclub.co.uk
- Launceston Golf Club (14 miles) - www.launcestongolfclub.co.uk
- Bowood (17 miles) - www.bowoodpark.com/features/course-information
- Trethorne (20 miles) - www.trethornegolfclub.com
- Lanhydrock (30 miles) - www.lanhydrockhotel.com/golf
- St Enodoc (30 miles) - www.st-enodoc.co.uk
- Trevose (36 miles) - www.trevose-gc.co.uk
Crazy Golf can be found at the Bude Recreational Centre close to the Bude Tourist Information Centre.
Experience speeds of up to 30 mph while zorbing 200 yards down a natural hill, this face paced adrenaline sport is located just a few minutes away in the village of Marhamchurch itself.
- ZorBude - www.zorbude.co.uk
You will be challenged on and off road and will complete different sections of terrain on the Segway, such as around lakes, meandering through the countryside and following off road trails next to the coast.
- Segway Bude - www.southwestsegwayadventure.com
Bude's canal provides a safe area for beginners to start and can progress onto the harbour area of Summerleaze Bay which allows for more adventure. The open ocean is perfect for more challenging Sea Kayaking expeditions.
Day trips can also be taken up, running from Bude or from nearby coastal locations such as Hartland Quay, Boscastle, Port Quin and Wadebridge.
Surf kayaking can also be enjoyed all year round as Bude typically has good conditions for this type of sport.
Open canoeing provides a much more relaxed and sophisticated way of discovering Bude's canal system, whether solo or as a team, padding with two, three or four in a boat.
Kayaking and Open Canoeing
The North Cornish coastline provides a variety of heights of climb, ranging from 30 to 400 feet while covering all levels of difficulty. Popular locations include Compass Point, Maer cliffs and Northcott Mouth.
Outdoor activity centres
- Shoreline Extreme Sports - www.shorelineactivities.co.uk
Abseiling and Rock Climbing
Bude canal provides a well stocked supply of carp, roach, rudd, dace, perch, tench, gudgeon and bream which can be accessed by a number of purpose built fishing platforms. It runs from the sea lock and at the other end is open to the rivers Neet and Strat, from which trout, dace or eel may also be occasionally caught.
An Environment Agency Rod License that can be obtained from a Post Office is required along with a Day Permit which can only be obtained from the Crescent Post Office (opposite the Bude Tourist Information Centre). There is no charge to fish between the Rugby Club and the sea as it is classed as salt water.
- Rod Fishing License - www.postoffice.co.uk/rod-fishing-licence
- The Crescent Post Office, EX23 8LE - www.iopeningtimes.co.uk/Post-Office/The-Crescent-Bude
- Lower Tamar Lake & Upper Tamar Lake - www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/tamar-lakes - Lower Tamar has a much smaller lake which is managed mainly as a nature reserve. The Upper Tamar Lake is ideal for coarse anglers, day permits available from the fishin kiosk on site. It is open all year day and night.
- Lower Lynstone Lakes, Bude - www.lowerlynstonelakes.co.uk - Two coarse lakes less than a mile from Bude beaches, close to the canal. Stocked with green tench, mirror, crucian, leather and common carp - permit available on site only.
- Bude Anglers Association - 01288 353986.
- Mill Leat Trout Fishery - (16 miles) www.fisharound.net/location/public/1788/Mill-Leat-Trout-Fishery
- Crowdy Lake (17 miles) - www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/crowdy
- Roadford Lake (20 miles) - offering eight miles of bank angling www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/roadford-lake
Beach and Sea Fishing:
Allowing for all year round fishing from the local beaches and rocks catches of bass, codling, flat fish, mackerel, whiting and dogfish can be possible.
- Team Shed - Boat trips for fishing or sightseeing within a 20 mile radius of Bude.