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Bude is a holiday resort whose popularity began with the Victorians. In 1823 a canal was dug to enable sand to be taken in land to be used as fertiliser. Some of this canal remains and is a popular destination for boating and fishing. The small harbour area in Bude has some commercial fishing boats used mainly for lobster and crab but the majority of boats are used for pleasure fishing.Budes beaches (Summerleaze & Crooklets) are a great place for surfing

Morwenstow & Coombe

These are situated north of Bude, with Morwenstow being the most Northerly parish in Cornwall. Robert Stephen Hawker who wrote the Cornish Anthem ‘Trelawny’ in 1824 was vicar at Morwenstow. The first harvest festival is said to have been held in the church at Morwenstow.


Coombe is the site for many satellite dishes and these can be seen on the clifftop from a fair way down the coast.

Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay is the largest beach in the Bude area and is situated just south of Bude itself. It is easily accessed as it is adjacent to the main coast road. Great for surfing and fishing.


Duckpool is a small cove at the foot of a windy lane. It has a small parking area and public facilities. The beach is mainly rocky and pebbly with lots of rock pools but also has a sandy area at low tide.

Crackington Haven

Pebbly and rocky but with sand at low tide. To the north (pictured) is Penkenna Point which is 430 feet and to the south the highest cliff in England, High Cliff which is in excess of 700 feet.

Sea Fishing in the Bude area

Widemouth Bay is a great beach to fish from if you want to catch some flatfish. You should fish on an incoming tide.

The rocks round Crackington Haven are a good place to catch numerous varieties of fish including mackerel, whiting, cod, dogfish and flat fish.

Festivals and Regattas in the Bude area

Bude Carnival
Bude Lifeboat Weekend

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