Explore the great outdoors and have a day filled with fun and adventure, catch fish, build dens, get on your bike or explore our South West lakes by boat or foot. There’s plenty of free and fun things to do at the lakes so ditch the ipads and discover their superb woodlands, spot birds, bugs and everything in between or take to the water and experience a real life adventure as a family. Visit www.southwestlakes.co.uk and take a look at 'Tamar Lake".
Surf | Ride | Create | Paddle | Scramble | Jump | Explore
Firstly, guests staying in Honeysuckle & Lilac can enjoy all the facilities at my parent company, Court Farm Holidays, just a stone's throw away, including a heated swimming pool (open all year round, with retracting roof becoming open air on warm days) indoor soft play room and games room with pool table, outdoor play trail and daily animal feeding sessions, including collecting freshly laid eggs.
Great family days out, with South West Lakes
Broomhill Manor Stables is a fun and friendly riding stables just a few miles away from our properties, offering riding for all ages and abilities on well-schooled horses and ponies, which are well-mannered and responsive and enjoy their work. Experienced and qualified instructors cater for all ages and abilities from pony rides for the beginner, through to one on one tuition in their ménage within the grounds of Broomhill Manor, on the outskirts of Bude. There is also a Fun Gymkhana in the ménage each week during the school holidays.
Gooseham Barton Stables are open all year all rides are escorted, you can choose from half or one hours rides for novices, separate groups one hour or longer for experienced riders. They offer English or Western Style saddles. Everyone welcome.
There are many superb traffic-free cycle routes to explore, suitable for all ages and abilities. Bude's cycle path for one follows the route of the old canal from Marhamchurch, through the Nature Reserve into the centre of the town.
Approximately 40 minutes drive away in the town of Wadebridge, you'll find the Camel Trail – a 20 mile largely traffic free level network of cycle paths, running from Padstow to Wenford Bridge via Wadebridge and Bodmin. Easily accessible by Bus (or a half-hour drive), Bridge Bike Hire operate from Wadebridge, but offer a “Go By Cycle” service, where they deliver bikes throughout Cornwall and South Devon.
Approximately 50 minutes drive away, in Braunton, you will find the start of the Tarka Trail, offering 21 miles of level, scenic traffic-free walking and cycling paths from Braunton to Great Torrington via Barnstaple and Bideford. Tarka Trail Cycle Hire beside the railway station offer bike hire. Spend an hour, a day, or cycle the whole length – there are numerous places to start and stop along the route and a host of cafes and villages where you can refuel and rest your legs.
Featuring everything from child-friendly paths to skills areas and red routes for experienced mountain bikers, each destination also features a superb café for pre- or post-ride refreshment!
If you would like to bring you own bikes, then we have room to safely store them. If you would like to hire bikes, then BudeBikes in Bude offer a large selection, together with lots of information about routes.
Don't forget to pack your clubs ! We are happy to arrange discounted green fees on most West Country golf courses, allowing you to discover some of the finest golf courses in the region. Local golf courses include Bude, Holsworthy, Launceston, Trethorne and Bowood.
Perfect for Hen Parties, or creative families alike, The Kitchen Front Creative Workshops at The Wharf in Bude, allows you to design and create your own kitchenware designs. No experience necessary, as all equipment is included. Great choice of items, friendly and professional inspiration and tuition provided by Clair who will give you an introduction to applying paint in more ways than one. Read more
Bude has a thriving surfing community, primarily due to the consistent beachbreak peaks. Whilst all of our beaches are great for surfing, most popular are Widemouth Bay, and north to Duckpool, Sandymouth and Northcott beaches. In the town itself, Crooklets and Summerleaze both face west, work on all tides and hold swells up to about eight feet. Local surf shops and tutors offer advice, and we highly recommend our local surf schools and outdoor activity centres for both surfing and for more activities below...
Surfing is what Bude is famous for, but there is so much more to do on, and off the water!
The Bude Webcam is great for checking-out the surf, or use Surf Reports
Bude is well served with kayaking environments. The canal provides the perfect safe location to introduce young and novice paddlers to the sport, the harbour area allows for more adventure but still within the safety of Summerleaze Bay and then there's the open ocean for Sea Kayaking expeditions.
The North Coast of Cornwall and Devon is exposed, rugged and has some spectacular seascapes. Enjoy the scenery around Bude sea kayaking with some gentle rock hopping within the limits of the Bude beaches and then venture further afield to explore the coastline to the North and South of Bude. Whole day trips can be organised to run from Bude or from locations around our coastline including Hartland Quay, Boscastle, Port Quin and Wadebridge. Surf Kayaking is also popular as the beaches and surf conditions make Bude the perfect location for this sport all year round.
Where as Kayaking is often wild, fast and furious Open Canoeing is a much more sophisticated and stylish way of exploring our rural canal system. Paddling an open canoe solo requires a good feel and a calm and gentle manner, paddling with 2, 3 or 4 in a boat requires a lot of teamwork! You can hire canoes, row boats and pedalos from Bude Rowing Boats situated at the lower wharf. The canal is wonderfully sheltered and provides an excellent environment on which to build your skills or explore as a team. ‘The Bude Canoe Experience’ offers small private groups tuition on paddling an open canoe. Exploring the local waterways both canal and Upper Tamar Lake. A fully qualified guide and instructor make this an ideal way to enjoy the wildlife that live on and around the water.
Our local 'Tamar Lakes' offer Sailing amongst MANY other water and land based activities, visit www.SouthWestLakes.co.uk for details of all activities on offer.
Here in Bude we are extremely well positioned for rock climbing with classic culm coast climbs right on our doorstep. We have climbs which range in height from 30 to 400 feet with levels of difficulty to suit all abilities. Compass Point, Maer cliffs and Northcott Mouth are popular locations. Test your skill by spending a half day abseiling down our 100 feet cliffs. ‘Adventure International’ have a climbing wall to practice on. ‘Shoreline Extreme Sports’ offer introductory and advanced rock climbing courses.
Explore the Coastal Enviornment
For something really different, spend a few hours with ‘Shoreline’ exploring our coastal environments - soft sheltered semi-mud flat to an incredible rocky shoreline. Shoreline guides will educate you on the diversity of life found in the inter-tidal zone including seaweeds, crabs, fish, anemones, starfish and much, much more. There always seems to be something new and exciting to find and with a bit of luck you might even come across our very own North Cornish Sea Slug - Onchidella celtica!
Truly an amazing new coastal activity to try which will make your holiday experience in Cornwall even more memorable!
It is a fun mix of adventure swimming, scrambling and jumping where you will discover a unique new seal-level view of our spectacular coastline. You will even get to meet and learn about Cornwall’s abundant wildlife along the way. As long as you can swim and are water confident, this sport is suitable for all abilities. You will be kitted out in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet and be led by an experienced, qualified instructor with a detailed local knowledge as this essential to enjoy this sport safely.
Visit our local cinema The Rebel, within walking distance of Windover ... showing all the latest Films. A small independent cinema, just with the one screen offering intimate viewing . www.rebelcinema.co.uk