Bude and the local area
Budemeadows Camp Site is South of Bude just off the Atlantic Highway (A39) which provides easy access to the picturesque towns and villages of North Cornwall and North Devon. There are old market towns to explore, pretty hidden away villages, quiet footpaths across the fields, cliff top pubs and the varied coastline to explore.
Bude, the main seaside town in the area, is just a few miles away and whilst well provided with supermarkets and other shops is relatively unspoiled. The main attraction in Bude is of course the beaches, Summerleaze and Crooklets. Both have ample parking and are large sandy beaches which are lifeguard patrolled during the summer. Don't miss a swim in the sea pool at Summerleaze beach in Bude which is filled at high tide and holds a reservoir of water high above the waves when the tide drops.
The closest beach to the camp site is Widemouth Bay, set amongst open farmland and fields, which is a great family beach offering a central sandy beach with rocky areas at either end for rock pooling. There are two car parks at Widemouth on the North and South (Blackrock) beaches and there are surf shops and refreshments available. Both beaches are life guard patrolled in the summer months. The coast to the south is more broken and rocky and offers a number of more secluded beaches and coves for the more adventurous, and there is always the chance of spotting a seal or two. Beautiful Crackington Haven and the flood affected village of Boscastle are close by. Slightly further afield there is magical Tintagel to explore with its dramatic coastline and memory of the Arthurian legends. And a little further still brings you to pretty Port Issac, the setting, as Port Wenn, for the TV series Doc Martin.
All along the coast the rugged Southwest Coastal path and its spectacular scenery offer the walker a chance to see the quieter parts of Cornwall.Inland the Tamar lakes water sports facilities which include dinghy sailing, wind surfing, fishing and scenic walks with lots of wildlife is within easy reach.
Launceston with its own castle is in easy reach as are Bodmin, and its namesake Moor, the pretty fishing village of Padstow and it's neighbour across the water - Rock, home to the Sharps brewery and Doom Bar Ale.
For a longer day trip the delights of the Eden Project near St Austell are less than an hours drive away and the attractions of the North Devon coast, such as Clovelly, the Milky Way and the Big Sheep are easy to reach.
Spring & Autumn in Cornwall is particularly attractive for the visitor seeking a quieter more leisurely holiday when the roads are relatively traffic free the children are at school and there is a tranquil charm that creates a relaxing atmosphere. The coastal path, following the clifftop fields, moors and wooded valley walks are alive with colour and visiting wildlife to the Camel estuary and inland waters of the Tamar.
The Camel Trail makes for a great family day out, walk or cycle the trail along an old railway line. We recommend starting at Wadebridge then either downstream to Padstow or up to Bodmin. The choice is yours, fish, chips and ice-cream at Padstow or steam trains and a pub lunch at Bodmin.
The area is home to many National Trust properties and gardens which in the spring look their finest after the winter rest. The coastal paths, dramatic scenery and stunning autumn sunsets over Widemouth Bay are a must for the visitor who enjoys walking. Keep an eye on the fields around you; as well as the usual wildlife you may spot a llama or two and there's a chance of seeing an otter in the fields near the Bude canal.