Bude is a small seaside resort town in North Cornwall, which overlooks a wide bay, flanked by spectacular cliffs and protected by a breakwater. Bude has two excellent beaches - Crooklets and Summerleaze, both offer extensive flat sands and when the tide is out, are perfect for beach lovers of all ages.There is also a seawater swimming pool under Summerleaze Downs providing safe swimming even at low tide.
The popularity of Bude as a seaside resort dates from Victorian times and has managed to retain its atmosphere of easy going charm whilst catering for the most discerning modern day tourists.
In the 19th Century Bude was notorious for its wreckers, who plundered the ships that came to grief off the coast. The figurehead of one of these, the Bencoolen, a barque whose wrecking in 1862 resulted in the drowning of most of the crew, was preserved in the churchyard but was transferred to the town museum to save it from further decay.
In 1823 the Bude Canal was constructed to carry beach sand 20 miles inland to Launceston and for exporting Local produce. It was this waterway that brought development to the town. The canal is now used for pleasure-boating and fishing.