Bude retains the peaceful character of a small Cornish coastal town but it has several focal points worthy of note.
Between Compass Cove to the south and Furzey Cove to the north, the coast has been identified as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The cliffs around Bude are the only ones in Cornwall made up of Carboniferous sandstone, as most of the Cornish coast is formed of Devonian slate, granite and Precambrian metamorphic rocks. These stratified cliffs give their name to a sequence of rocks called the Bude Formation. If geology is of special interest to you then local resident Dr. Roger Higgs runs regular guided geology walks.
Built to carry fertiliser inland from the harbour the canal has a functioning sea-lock that allows visiting boats to enter the at high-tide. Seeing the gates open is a fairly rare event but it does happen and there are very few places in the UK with a sea lock.
Since the completion of an E.U. funded regeneration project the canal has become a major tourist draw, providing a very attractive environment for walking, browsing or watching the world go by.
Bude Town Centre
Comprising two main shopping streets, Belle Vue and Queen Street, the town centre is very relaxed and unspoiled with Boots and WH Smiths being the only big chain outlets. You cannot walk far without encountering a surf shop such as the long established Zuma Jay but there are plenty of local shops with great clothing bargains.
Bude’s restaurant offering is developing rapidly. The very well established and favoured “Life’s a Beach” has been joined over the past few years by many new restaurants and now more are coming. The choice you make will depend on how far you want to travel, what you like to eat and how much you can spend.
Within easy walking distance from Atlantic House there are Bistros such as The Olive Tree, Pubs as epitomised by the Brendon Arms and The Globe, The Bank tapas bar, Tiandi for oriental food and Mirchi for Indian. There is of course a selection of fish and chip restaurants, coffee bars, fast food outlets (local as opposed to chain) and the traditional restaurant of the Falcon Hotel.
A little further out but still within a couple of miles are Elements, The Beach House, The Bay View Inn, and The Preston Gate Inn.
For cream teas the choice is extensive, but the Rectory Tea Room in Morwenstow serve excellent teas from an historic building, while The Weir at Helebridge is a new building with a terrific view over a small lake.