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Camping near Bude

Blow up the beach ball, grab the surfboard and pack your tent, if you’re looking for a camping adventure on the north coast of Cornwall, you can't go wrong with Bude. This seaside town packs a serious punch, with superb surfing, beautiful beaches, wonderful coastal walks and, of course, excellent local campsites. The town itself is packed with shops, pubs, cafés, sports facilities and entertainment, yet remains small enough to retain its classic Cornish charm. For camping in Bude, you can't beat these Hipcamp recommendations...

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Camping and glamping in Bude

Cornwall is one of the UK’s top locations for a camping holiday thanks to its winning combination of climate, coast and countryside. People have been parking their campervans near the surf and pitching their tents in farmers’ fields here for generations and, more recently, glamping has taken off in a big way too. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of great campsites in the county and some of the best are in and around Bude. It’s coastal Cornwall’s northernmost town, close to the county border with Devon and is home to some great surf and family-friendly swimming too. We’ve found some of the best places to go camping and glamping in Bude so whether you want to pitch a tent, park a camper or book in to a bell tent, camping pod or shepherd’s hut, the Hipcamp collection should have something to suit you.

Things to do in Bude

Close to the county border with Devon, Bude is a great destination for anyone wanting to explore the south-west’s many attractions – chief among them, of course, are the beaches. Bude’s main beach, Summerleaze, has all the elements: golden sands, beach huts, a small harbour with fishing boats, a breakwater that’s ideal for crabbing and even a seawater swimming pool carved into the rock. But if that’s not enough for you, there’s no need to panic: how about catching a few waves at Widemouth Bay or Black Rock Beaches or rockpooling at nearby Crooklets Beach? And if its wildlife you’re into, head for Millook Haven where you might catch a glimpse of seals and dolphins. If you’re heading to Cornwall in the hope of learning to ride the waves, there are plenty of surf schools where you can learn from the experts. But Bude also has an inland waterway and you can hire a boat to row up its canal too. On land, you can browse the shops and eateries of the high street which mixes independent businesses with well-known names and you can learn about Bude’s history at the heritage centre in the 19th-century Bude Castle. Walkers can join the South West Coast Path, to stroll along the cliff-backed Bude beaches or hike further. It’s a demanding but worthwhile 15 miles south to the pretty harbour village of Boscastle and a further five to Tintagel with its enchanting coastal castle. Whether you visit on foot, by bike via the Cornish Way cycle route or on four wheels, both make for great places to visit during a camping holiday in Bude. For more ideas, visit the tourist information centre in Bude or check out their website.


Twice voted the Best UK Coastal Resort in the British Travel Awards, this North Cornwall seaside town of Bude packs a serious punch, with excellent surfing, beautiful beaches, wonderful coastal walks and, of course, superb local campsites. Find the best of them with Hipcamp's hand-picked recommendations.

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