The Tamar Otter Sanctuary is just a short drive away from Bude. It is great fun for all the family. As the name suggests, there are several different breeds of Otters being cared for here. At the entrance you will be told of the Otter feeding times - not to be missed! I fould this really educational, the keepers have a wealth of knowledge about these beautiful creatures. The Otters are the main attraction but they are not the only residents here. You will also find birds of prey, ducks and geese. And further into the woodland you will find a rather friendly herd of deer, wallabies and scottish wildcats. Animal Food is available at the entrance to the woodland walk so you can feed the deer. whilst a walk further into the woodland will become a game of spot the wallaby.
There is a lovely Cafe on site here, we had some freshly made sandwiches & a pot of tea during our visit. There is also a small gift shop with is well stocked with cuddly Otters & a nice variety of gifts.
The Canal at Bude provides some excellent level paths which lead down to Summerleaze beach. The Canal widens out at the Basin where you can hire a rowing boat/pedalo or try your hand at fishing. There are some lovely Cafe's and ice cream kiosks overlooking the Canal Basin where you can just sit and watch the world go by.
Bude Sea lock is one of just two remaining working sea locks in Europe. The original sea lock was reconstructed and enlarged in 1835 following storm damage. This allowed vessels of up to 300 tons to enter the Canal Basin. The sea lock was completely restored in October 2000 using green oak. A fierce storm wreaked havoc in March 2008, wrenching one of the lock gates from its fixings. The local council used this opportunity to repair the canal walls and dredge the basin, removing 6000 cubic metres of silt. This revealed some interesting finds, including a shotgun!
Not really a Castle as such but a rather swish castellated Mansion. This lovely quirky home was built in 1830 by the Victorian Inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. A rather risky build due to the fact that he constructed the building on sand using a concrete raft foundation - the first of its kind. The Castle is now a Heritage centre with a cafe, restaurant, gift shop on the lower floor. Upstairs there is an exhibition which details Gurneys many inventions. Visitors are free to wander around the grounds of the mansion or just sit on one of the benches and take in the peaceful surroundings.
The coastal paths in and around Bude offer some great views of the coastline. The paths are really well signposted and at frequent points along the way there are waymarked paths which link up with the towns and villages along the way. The signs also give the distance in miles to the next place which is really useful. Widemouth Bay is a really good place to start a walk, you can park in the free car park at the top of the hill (nearest Bude) and walk along the Bay towards Boscastle in one direction or towards Bude in the other direction. From this clifftop parking area there is a nice flat clifftop path which is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. I found one of the paths in the direction of Boscastle to be really muddy and slippery in parts so good footwear is essential, even if walking in the middle of Summer like I was!
Widemouth bay is just a ten minutes drive away from Bude Town Centre. Here you'll find miles of golden sands, coastal walks and one of the best surfing spots in Cornwall. There are a few car parks dotted along the bay offering great views of the coast, many people sit in their cars and watch the sun go down. The excellent coastal path can be taken from here, offering walks with stunning vistas towards Bude in one direction and Boscastle in the other. Widemouth has all you need from an uncommercialised seaside resort, a few cafe's and two pubs either side of the bay, both serving excellent food.
The Bude Light 2000 celebrates the millenium in Bude and the invention of the Bude Light in 1830 by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. The concept created by Carole Vincent and Anthony Fanshawe is the first large scale public sculpture to use colour concrete with fibre optic lighting.
The Buye Light 2000 is a slender cone made in concrete with colours of sand, sea and sky. It is over 9 metres high and weighs nearly 6 tonnes. To make casting possible, it was divided into sections .