Exploring Bude and North Cornwall on Foot: A Walking Holiday Adventure

When it comes to walking holidays in the UK, few places can match the charm and beauty of Bude and North Cornwall, take from us! This perfectly picturesque region, where you can find all of the fantastic holiday cottages at Court Farm Holidays, is located on the southwestern tip of England and offers a plethora of stunning landscapes, coastal wonders, and historic trails that make it a haven for walkers and hikers. 

At Court Farm Holidays we offer some amazing holiday cottages that are perfect for relaxing in after a hard day hiking, from those with private hot tubs, to ease your aching feet, to beautiful barns full of Cornish character that will enable you and your walking group to immerse yourselves in a little piece of North Cornwall after your hiking adventures come to a close.

The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path, stretching over 600 miles along the southwest coastline of England, is a walker’s paradise. Bude and Widemouth Bay are excellent starting points for exploring this magnificent trail and are both right on the doorstep of our superb selection of holiday cottages. Here’s why you should consider embarking on a South West Coast Path adventure when planning your next walking holiday:

  • Stunning Coastal Views: The South West Coast Path offers unrivalled coastal views that will leave you, your family or your group, in awe. The cliffs, rugged shores, and pristine beaches of Bude and North Cornwall are just the beginning. As you hike along this path, you’ll encounter breathtaking panoramas at almost every turn.
  • Rich Wildlife: This area is also a haven for nature enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for seabirds, seals, and even dolphins frolicking in the Atlantic waves. The South West Coast Path is renowned for its diverse wildlife, making it an unforgettable experience for animal lovers too.
  • Historical Sites: Along the route, you’ll stumble upon historical landmarks, such as the Bude Castle, Minack Theatre and Tintagel Castle. These sites add a rich depth to your walking holiday, allowing you to explore the region’s rich history and culture as well as the beautiful views.
  • Varied Terrain: Whether you prefer gentle strolls or challenging hikes, the South West Coast Path has something for everyone. The terrain varies from flat, easy sections to much more demanding ascents, catering to walkers of all abilities.
  • Dog-Friendly: Court Farm offers a whole host of dog-friendly holiday cottages and the coast path is a great way to explore the area alongside your canine companions.

The Tamara Coast to Coast Way

For those seeking an inland adventure, the Tamara Coast to Coast Way offers a serene and picturesque alternative to the South West Coast Path. This trail takes you from the north coast of Cornwall to the south coast following the beautiful Tamar river, passing through the heart of Cornwall’s countryside. Alongside the South West Coast Path, it allows for the whole of Cornwall to be circumnavigated, if you have the energy! Here’s what you can expect on a delightful journey along the Tamara Coast to Coast Way:

  • Lush Countryside: Unlike the rugged coastal landscapes, the Tamara Coast to Coast Way takes you through Cornwall’s lush interior. You’ll meander through woodlands, fields and quaint villages, immersing yourself in the region’s bucolic charm.
  • Historic Villages: The path passes through charming villages known for their Arthurian legends, and gems like St. Neot, which is home to a 6th-century church with exquisite stained glass windows. These villages provide a glimpse into Cornwall’s rich heritage which you’ll never forget.
  • Ancient Sites: Along the way, you’ll encounter ancient sites like King Arthur’s Hall, a Neolithic enclosure, and the Hurlers stone circles. These mystical places add a touch of intrigue to your journey, inviting you to explore Cornwall’s mystical past.
  • Serenity and Solitude: While the South West Coast Path can be bustling with tourists even out of peak seasons, the Tamara Coast to Coast Way offers a quieter, more tranquil experience. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the peace and solitude of the countryside during your hike.
Tamara Coast to Coast Way Map

Planning Your Walking Holiday

Before embarking on your walking holiday in Bude and North Cornwall, here are some essential tips for a memorable and safe trip:

  • Pack Appropriately: Wear comfortable, waterproof walking boots and bring layers to accommodate varying temperatures. Don’t forget essentials like a map, compass, and a fully charged phone. For dog owners a good lead is essential, as well as water bowls and of course some treats! 
  • Accommodation: Whatever you might need for your walking group you will be able to find at Court Farm Holidays. From quaint two-bedroom options for couples walking retreats, to family-sized barns for larger groups, as well as options with hot tubs, log burners and cottages that allow dogs too! What more could you possibly need?! 
  • Trail Etiquette: Respect the environment and follow the Leave No Trace principles. Stick to designated paths and be mindful of wildlife and local communities.
  • Safety: Let someone know your planned route and estimated return time. Carry a first-aid kit and know the emergency contact numbers for the area.

A walking holiday with Court Farm Holidays in Bude and Cornwall will provide a blend of coastal grandeur and countryside serenity. Whether you choose the South West Coast Path for its dramatic views or the Tamara Coast to Coast Way for its peaceful landscapes and historical sites, you’re sure to create lasting memories in this picturesque part of England. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and embark on an unforgettable adventure through captivating landscapes that you and your group won’t forget in a hurry!