Sandymouth. 4 minute drive!
Our closest beach and most special place to go. Dramatic landscape, cliff front waterfalls and miles of sand and coast path to wander. Its so big you can sometimes feel likes its your own. Check the tide times as the beach disappears at high tide. There is also quite a steep walk down so may not be suitable for families with pushchairs or those less able to walk. But ALWAYS worth it. Special memories made here!!!!
Summerleaze Beach. Bude. 5 miles
A firm favourite of ours. At the heart of Bude with lots of car parking and access to shops and amenities handy for snacks, ice cream and other beach essentials. There is also an open air sea pool which is a hit with our kids and a very sheltered bay for those starting out surfing. Try hiring a beach hut for the day and settling down to see a spectacular sun set. Gives me the ‘gooseys’.
Crooklets Beach. Bude. 5 miles
Crooklets is the next beach along from Summerleaze, perfect for rock pooling and surfing. You can hire a beach hut here too. Rosie’s kitchen offers great beach-side snacks and the BEST HOT CHOCOLATES in Bude.
Widemouth Bay. 3 miles South of Bude.
An epic Blue Flag status beach, loads of sand, parking and beautiful views. Another firm favourite in the Black household. We like it for sunsets, late night BBQ’s and campfires on the beach. It is also very cool – lots of amazing surf means lots of amazing surfers.
All of these local beaches are lifeguarded (May-September 10am-6pm). Talk to us about which beaches allow dogs. Lots to choose from!
The word picturesque could have been invented for Clovelly! The beautiful and peaceful fishing village nestles in the cleft of a cliff and its cobbled, traffic-free main street, flanked by whitewashed, flower-bedecked cottages, leads to a small, still working, port. Although the village’s donkeys (on the way up) and sledges (on the way down!) for carrying goods are famed, no cars and steep streets make it tricky to negotiate for those less able.
The beautiful villages of Boscastle and Tintagel have something for everyone to enjoy. The nearby scenery is stunning: beaches and harbours and country lanes. The Cornish moors are all within easy reach. The villages themselves are picturesque and bustling, with delightful shops, galleries, potteries, churches and historic buildings to take in on any visit. Tintagel in particular might sound familiar, steeped as it is in Arthurian legend, while the area has also featured in drama series, Doc Martin. Why not walk between the two villages, following the South West Coast Path and stop at the farm shop for a cream tea or a spot of lunch? (Our favourite tootle!)
Bustling Padstow, with its busy harbor packed with fishing and pleasure boats, has something to offer everyone. Nicknamed ‘Padstein’ for its most famous resident, the town has, of course, great food, but also fabulous inns and lovely shops so you can browse and feast to your heart’s content. Lots to see, but lots of places to stop and rest a while, make Padstow a top spot to explore and relax for people of all ages.
PLACES TO GO WITH THE KIDS
One for the bucket list. The world’s largest ‘greenhouse’ – welcome to the Eden Project! Lose yourself in different habitats and you’ll find that you’re learning while you explore. And along with a great day out, Eden has some brilliant arts, music and theatre events- be sure to check what’s on for your visit!
Sometimes we all need to let off a little steam. Loads of stuff for kids and the young at heart, there is something to do come rain or shine: aerial gliding, crazy golf, trampolining, animal encounters, indoor and outdoor play areas, check out the links for our top local kids attractions.