Bude: the cream of the Cornish crop
Taste a slice of quintessentially Cornish action by sampling the delicacies of Bude; the Cornish cream of all things outdoors. Bask on beautiful beaches and delve into its unique, south-westerly flavour. Teetering on England’s edge, fall gracefully onto a secret land where mysterious magic is entwined with a vibrant, adrenaline-fuelled surfing scene. Pirates and bandits alike once called this ‘national treasure’ home and romanced along tales of mermaids, pixies and faeries. Tribes of surfers and outdoor lovers inhabit Bude nowadays, lured in by impressive cliff faces and infamous ‘Atlantic rollers’ that pound Crooklets Beach and Widemouth Bay.
Surfing in eerie mists or blazing sunshine doesn’t deter those looking for their next wave fix. Surrendering yourself to Mother Nature is a rite of passage; embrace the ocean’s endless power or be blown away by panoramic views upon rugged cliffs. A four mile bimble along treacle-coloured sandy beaches should clear all that salt-water from your head. Take time to admire the Bude Formation – ancient rocks which draw geologists year round – ripe for contemplating the bigger questions in life. Spanning back 300 million years, this formation houses rare indigenous fossils that herald an era of time past. Fearsome pre-historic predators automatically spring to mind, firmly planting that realisation of our own mortality.
Equally as impressive are some of nearby sacred sites, provided you can get your bum off the beach and aboard a local bus. King Arthur’s legacies live on in Tintagel, where crumbled ruins of his castle lie camouflaged atop Cornish coves. You may not spot Merlin himself but other-worldly local characters often saunter around New Age boutiques.
Paying homage to the setting sun in Bude makes for breathtaking views whilst thoughts turn to evening merriments. Earthy, live music gigs will have your feet stomping and your soul singing in local taverns. Quaint bars play witness to meaningful chats among locals and travellers from afar, re-capturing the essence of an old smugglers bay, without as much depravity but just as much rum. Acoustic guitars, a sizzling BBQ and sips of local cider on a beach, don’t go a-miss either. Remember that these cherished moments may fade into a distant memory, but post-party rubbish will remain so never leave it for wildlife to remember us by.
Celtic heritage runs deep in the veins of this land and friendliness lies at its heart. You’ll always be a “lover”, never a stranger here. Traveller’s who venture here are captured by all that this eccentric area of beauty beholds. Bude will show you something new within its old mystic roots and bestow you with some magic memories to take home.
Stay at: Northshore Bude Backpackers
By Sinead Sadler