Golden beaches, deep blue ocean, and jagged sandstone cliffs. Bude has everything you could wish for on a seaside holiday. Once an important port for smaller vessels sailing the Atlantic, it became a fashionable resort in the Victorian era – people came here from the big cities, hoping that the sea air would do their health some good. With increased railway access, it became even more popular throughout the 20th century up until today. People come to surf the waves, to walk the cliffs, and to sunbathe on the long, wide beaches.
The Bude Sea Pool is possibly the town’s most unique attraction. Built is the 1930s under the curve of the cliffs, it provides a safe environment for seawater swimming. In 2010, when funding was withdrawn, the people of Bude fought to keep the sea pool open for use, forming the Friends of Bude Sea Pool Charity in 2011, which now funds and maintains the pool for unrestricted access.
This design shows Summerleaze Beach from a viewpoint up on the gorse-covered cliffs. Holiday-makers crowd the beach below, and seagulls jostle with the wind. Anyone who’s walked these beaches is sure to fall in love with this tea towel!