Welcome to Bude, officially the UK’s best coastal resort!
Everyone at Burn Park is thrilled that for the second year running Bude has won Best UK Coastal Resort at the recent British Travel Awards.
Being so close to Bude is just one of the reasons why so many families love Burn Park. The town’s famous for its pastel painted beach huts, crazy golf and wide sandy beaches but it wasn’t always like that. Once a busy commercial port, Bude only blossomed as a holiday destination in the 19th century when the railway arrived and tourists first tentatively dipped their toes in the Atlantic. Today the town combines all the advantages of a modern, thriving resort with the genteel atmosphere of a former, nostalgic getaway. The town’s beaches (and there are two massive sandy ones!) are perfect for long summer days building sandcastles or, if you’re feeling energetic, getting in some surf lessons.The town centre has a good mix of independent shops so you won’t go short of souvenirs or places for the children to spend their pocket money, a place for arts and exhibitions, plus there are great walks along the highest sea cliffs in Cornwall.
Our top 6 reasons to visit Bude
We asked some of our Burn Park team to say why they recommend you visit Bude, and here’s their answers:
1. Vast expanses of clean, golden, sandy beaches, often backed by rugged cliffs
2. Fantastic surfing and watersports
3. Brilliant walking – explore the coast and beaches and geology
4. Great for activities – cycling; horse-riding; rock-climbing; abseiling; fishing; golfing and more5. Several nature reserves in and around the area
6. So many things to do!
We thought that last one deserved a bit more information so here’s a few things to do on a day out from Burn Park…
Hire a beach hut for the day at Summerleaze Beach. Set on wooden decking right on the beach, the spacious huts can be your beachside retreat for the day.
Book from the Tourist Information Centre in The Cresent. (Tel 01288 354240).
Visit the Bude Heritage Centre at the Castle by the canal. There’s an exhibition about Bude’s fascinating geology and history and free entry to the art gallery. Have a bite to eat in the café where you’ll get a taste of local food plus a great view out over the sea.
Hire a rowing boat or pedalo and spend an hour messing about on the Bude canal. Prices are around £8 per hour. Available at the Wharf.
Go crabbing – The Breakwater on Summerleaze Beach and the right side of Crooklets Beach are great places. The Tourist Information Centre sells all the equipment you’ll need.
Walking – Take the easy going 10 mile circular Planekeepers Path walk following the route of the canal from Bude to Hobbacott, returning on country footpaths and quiet lanes. Guide leaflet available from the Tourist Information Centre
Crazy Golf plus lots of other fun and games at Bude Haven Recreation Ground.
We can’t wait to see you in award-winning Bude!