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History

Bude is Cornwall's most northern town and has been a popular resort from Victorian times. In the 19th Century the town was notorious for wreckers who plundered ships wrecked off the coast, over 80 vessels in the fifty years up to 1874.

The Surf Life Saving movement in the UK started in 1951 when Alan Kennedy met fellow Australians who had returned from war service in Cornwall. They were all impressed by the surf, particularly at Bude. In 1953 Bude Surf Life Saving began, the club has always ran a Tuesday night demonstration to this day and the popular annual Poldark Fayre each August.


Bude Castle, overlooking Summerleaze beach was built by the inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney in 1830. He was the first man to make a lengthy journey in a mechanical vehicle when he drove a steam carriage from London to Bath and back. The building now houses the Castle Restaurant, an informal bistro, a gift shop and occasionally houses local art work. The attractive gardens are used for concerts and fetes throughout the summer.


Bude canal was built in 1823 when it ran for 35 miles on different levels. It was designed to carry beach sand and transport local produce. The tub boats that were used on it had wheels so that they could be pushed up and down the inclines separating the levels. Only the first few miles of the canal have survived and are now used for pleasure boats and fishing.


Overlooking Summerleaze Beach and the breakwater is a former coastguard lookout known as Compass Point. It was built by the Acland family in 1840 from local sandstone and is based on the Temple of Winds.


Bude Sea Pool is a beautiful, part natural, part man-made pool in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach, built originally in 1930. Visitors and locals have bathed in this sea pool from 1930 to this present day.