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Top Choice Swimming in Bude

Bude Sea Pool

Built in the 1930s, this handsome seawater pool sits behind Summerleaze beach to provide a safe place for sea swimming, without the danger of tides or waves. It's perfect for kids and reluctant swimmers, and has the…
Beach in Bude

Crackington Haven

Probably the most dramatic of Bude's beaches, it has rock shelves and pebbly sand bordered by black cliffs, speckled by a blaze of wildflowers in spring. Once considered for industrial exploitation, the beach is a b…
Tapas in Bude

Bank

A popular weekend haunt for locals, this relaxed joint serves authentic tapas overlooking the River Neet. The dining room at the Bank is a fun space, sheltered by glass windows and an overhead awning that makes it f…
Beach in Bude

Widemouth Bay

If you're travelling with kids, the best idea for a sunny day is to head to Widemouth (pronounced wid-muth). It has acres of sand at low tide, plenty of facilities, good safe swimming and lifeguarding throughout sum…
Beach in Bude

Strangles

Precious few people make the effort to seek out this remote cove, and to be fair, it's a bit rocky and pebble-strewn, not to mention quite a trek down from the coast path – and the trail in some places is crumbly an…
Cafe in Bude

Life's a Beach

Affectionately known as LAB, this beachside bistro diner is an old favourite in Bude. It's a nice place for a baguette or a burger by day, but it's at its best as the sun goes down, when you can dine on whole salt-b…
Cafe in Bude

Scrummies

The best place for fish and chips in town – most of the daily catch is caught by the owner's boat, Dreamcatcher. If you're lucky, you might be able to tuck into some wild sea bass or half a lobster, sold for bargain…
Museum in Bude

Bude Castle

Housed in a peculiar folly behind Summerleaze beach, Bude Castle was built by local inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, whose creations included theatrical limelight and steam carriages. The building now houses a small…
Beach in Bude

Crooklets

Slightly to the north of the town centre, this is a busy town beach backed by a huge car park. It's popular with families, beach bums and surfers alike, and there are a couple of surf schools who have their trailers…
Beach in Bude

Summerleaze

Bude's main family beach is a classic bucket-and-spade affair, with its proximity to town ensuring it's awash with windbreaks in summer. It's also home to the beautiful Bude Sea Pool.