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Bude: A welcome break
Member Name: carlos19
Date: 21/11/00, updated on 21/11/00 (215 review reads)
Advantages: culture. beaches. peaceful. different
Disadvantages: weather. shopping. entertainment
Cornwall as a whole is a spectacularly beautiful place, full of beaches, restaurants and a spendid local culture which sometimes makes you feel you're not actually in the UK.
If you don't fancy a trip abroad, love the beach and need a little peace from the city, I would recommend the North Cornwall town of Bude.
It lies right on the border with Devon by about 10 miles and is perfect for being able to explore both Cornwall and Devon.
Bude over the years has not attracted the commercial attention that the likes of Newquay have and has kept its heritage and culture perfectly.
When you go there do not expect to see large shopping centres, MacDonalds or Marks and Spencer. Because although there is a Boots, the town is mostly dominated by local gift shops, restaurants and pubs.
But the town is not why you go to visit a place like Bude.
There are two main beaches, Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach which both pass the national pollution tests and are patrolled daily in the summer by trained lifeguards. The beaches have it all, vast stretches of sand, cliffs, and very safe waters which are clearly marked. Also there are beach cafes, beach huts can be rented out to store your things in. And just off Summerleaze Beach there is a fabulous fish restaurant.
Between the two beaches are the Downs, offering amazing views of both the Atlantic Ocean, the beaches and the town. Also long strolls can be taken across these Downs which stretch for miles and miles.
Entertainment other than the beach are grass tennis courts, hard tennis courts and clay tennis courts. A Pitch and Putt course which opens only in summer. The Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club, which has 18 holes and plays host to some of Cornwalls most prestigous tournaments. But golf can become expensive if you are not a member.
A swimming pool situated half a mile out of town, a small cinema about 5 miles away in the village of Poundstock. And a multi-facility sports hal
l near the swimming pool.
If you fancy having a few pints there are a host of pubs and bars to choose from. And Bude even has a couple of small nightclubs which are actually not bad.
If you're planning on staying a long time then two big cities are only an hours drive away. Exeter and Plymouth provide you with shopping facilities you can't get in Bude only a short drive away.
The people are friendly, although sometimes their accent is hard to comprehend, and they will help you with any query you may have.
The weather in Bude varies. In summer sometimes you can expect to have boiling rays of sunshine, but still remembering that we're in England, the weather is very unpredicatable and it may pour with rain for many days at a time. And Bude has a strange tendency to become overcast very quickly.
The trip down there, if you come from outside of Cornwall or Devon could be quite different from anything you've driven on before. Because with Cornwall being a very poor county the roads are quite twisty turny and hazardous at times. Signposts are sometimes hidden behind overgrown hedges and the odd tractor may reverse out into the road infront of you. Also if you have no car, the train routes fly past Exeter and on to Penzance missing Bude by 50 miles. So a bus must be taken from Exeter which is another 2 hour journey because it stops in all the small villages on the way.
Rugby, Football and Cricket are all active sports in Bude and on Saturdays and Sundays you can go and watch the local teams play. Or enjoy a drink in the club bars while the game's going on. The atmosphere is great in there because everyone knows everyone and the people will just start talking to you like they've known you for years and years.
Some people like to write Cornwall off because it's not as rich or exciting as the rest of the country, but places like Bude have a lot more to offer then just good shopping and a load of drug fueled n
Take it from me.