Seaside activities and Cornwall culture draw campers to Bude year-round.
Popular for its romantic views and sunny climate, the seaside town of Bude beckons campers to surf, swim, sail, and beachcomb along the north Cornwall coast. Beachgoers love the sandy landscapes of Summerleaze and Crooklets Beaches for their proximity to the centre of town, while surfers flock to popular Widemouth Bay. Stay in beachside cottages or glamping pods for a luxurious camping trip to remember. Other Bude attractions, such as Bude Canal and Tamar Lakes Country Park offer opportunities for hiking, bird watching, bicycling, and camping. Helpful amenities in local campsites include full bathrooms with showers, dog parks, and on-site shops before a day spent at the beach in Crackington Haven or along the South West Coast Path.
Crackington Haven is the scenic culminating point of the South West Coast Path, a popular hike that offers glimpses of sea views from its grassy cliffs. Crackington Haven is also part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that’s revered for its nature-inspired beauty. Visit medieval castles, surfing beaches, and the Crackington Formation. Then spend the night near the path at nearby private campsites and camping parks that offer bathroom access and water hookups for motorhomes.
Canoe or kayak Bude Canal to enjoy views of pastoral Cornwall. Built in 1823, the canal begins at the sea and stretches for roughly 35 miles between its two locks. Innovative incline planes like Hobbacott Down, the highest incline plane in England, makes Bude Canal a Great Britain novelty. Campsites, holiday parks, and fishing spots are available near the canal as it passes rural sections of the landscape on its way to town.
A short 20-minute drive from Bude brings visitors to family-friendly Tamar Lakes Country Park. Upper Tamar and Lower Tamar lakes offer an attractive setting for picnics, boating excursions, fishing, and strolling the grounds. Dog-friendly cafes have light lunches and drinks, and a local ice cream shop provides cool treats on warmer days. Campsites and camping pods located nearby feature convenient amenities like water and electric hookups.
With its mild maritime climate, Bude attracts campers during all seasons. Daily summer temperatures hover around 16°C. Expect winter temperatures to remain around 6°C. Some campers prefer to visit between June and September when conditions are driest. This is also when the ocean water at the beaches is warmest.