Toddler Trips #1 – Bude

Welcome to ‘Toddler Trips’ – a 12-week series of toddler-friendly places to visit in the UK. With it being that time of year when you’re thinking of sunshine and holidays, hopefully this series will inspire you on where you can go! I will include the things we saw and where we stayed, starting this week with Bude.Toddler Trips - Bude

We visited Bude, North Cornwall, in August 2013, and we loved it. As well as the scenery, there was such a cheerful family atmosphere about it. These are the places of interest we saw and where we stayed while in Bude.

The first beach we discovered, just off the town centre. This one was a pebbly one and Tyler enjoyed people watching here, and climbing up and down the steps. There were plenty of surfers, and a hut serving hot drinks and ice cream, so we had a coffee here. 20130820_120021

This is one of the last remaining tidal lidos in the country! It’s like an outdoor swimming pool but it naturally fills with seawater with the tide. This photo doesn’t do it justice, it is huge and quite amazing to look at!20130820_121246

We kept going along Crooklets Beach, past the Sea Pool, and ended up at Summerleaze Beach. This is the sandy one and was full of families. Right by the town centre, below the cliffs – we had to go down loads of steps, but it was worth it! I had a nice snooze in the sun, and that’s with the boy climbing on me!20130820_141641
This was the first time Tyler discovered sand. I had to show him how to play with it, and he got the hang straight away, diving in and rolling around. Of course with sticky sun cream, he had sand all over his face!20130820_134117
And there are beach huts here – ever so pretty.20130820_140424

We discovered the canal after visiting the Tourist Information centre, which was in the middle of this grassy area. It’s very picturesque with canal boats and a Nature Reserve! And as our toddler love ducks, we sat here a while!20130819_170008

Right at the end of the canal, past restaurants and pretty houses, was Bude Harbour. Although there were no boats when we got there, we saw plenty of local kids just diving in the water, swimming, and fishing too. Tyler was mesmerized watching them play.20130819_182950

This is where we stayed, a brand new luxury hotel (in 2013). It was the 5th day of our roadtrip so we thought we would splash out – I think it was £110 for the night. It was lovely having a brand new room and a luxury ensuite where I had a relaxing bath. The room was pretty small, but we just about fitted our travel cot by the bed. The bed was the most amazing, comfortable bed EVER – we slept soooo well! Getting to the hotel was easy using our sat nav, and it was located right in between Crooklets Beach, the golf course and the Sainsbury’s superstore (which we found very handy). This was the view walking from Sainsbury’s to the hotel – it looks like a painting, it was truly beautiful.Bude
The front garden of the hotel had a huge herb garden, which the chefs actually used to cook in the hotel restaurant – a very trendy looking restaurant it was too. Breakfast was served there and they had a highchair for Tyler – he had his rice crispies and we had a cooked breakfast of American pancakes – which were delicious 🙂Hebasca Herb Garden Bude

7) The things we didn’t get time to do was visit Bude Castle, or visit the beaches further out such as Widemouth Bay – perhaps next time.

If you are planning a Cornwall holiday,  I definitely recommend Bude.
Here is a cool map of the place – MAP

Other Todder Trips:
Salisbury – Dawlish – St Ives – PenzanceLand’s End – Yeovil


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39 responses to “Toddler Trips #1 – Bude

  1. I’ll definitely be taking Marley to Cornwall when he’s a bit older. I’ve been before but it’s a five hour drive so will wait a year or so before going again. Your pictures look fab, so will have to give Bude a try 🙂 #mummymonday


  2. It looks stunning. One of my favourite areas of the UK, but I have yet to make it to Bude! Lots of great tips! 🙂 Emma #timetraveller


  3. I live in Bude and love it here. I love that it’s seaside but is a bit off the beaten track so hasn’t been overdeveloped. We have a four year old and she’s loving it too.


  4. Ooh fab timing we’re just in the process of planning our Cornish hollibob at the start of August – Bude looks awesome and i love the name (love all things that rhyme with dude)!! Thanks for linking up to #TheList


    • Oh wow that is good timing! Definitely recommend Bude – we thought the name sounded cool too, that’s why we picked it when we were looking at the map tee hee xx


  5. This looks amazing and what a great series. I look forward to reading many toddler trips ahead. The UK is really family friendly. Great photos. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme


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  7. What a great idea for a series. I love Bude but haven’t been for years, I’d like to return with the twins soon as I am sure they’d really enjoy it, I hear the surf is phenomenal too.
    Thanks for linking up to #TimeTraveller I have really enjoyed reading your post


    • Thank you, I’m really enjoying writing it – like doing a travel diary 2 years late! Oh yes I definitely recommend Bude, it’s lovely and family friendly. I’ve never surfed but I’ve heard it’s great for that too! xx


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  14. I’ve only ever passed through Bude on our Cornwall travels, but next time I am going to stop. It’s gorgeous – and so much to see and do. Thanks for the great tips and sharing them on #MondayEscapes


    • Oh my, you must visit Bude next time, it has such a different atmosphere than the other Cornish seaside towns, think less touristy and more chilled out. Yeah do it! xx


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