Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site is not actually in Bude at all, it’s around 9 miles South. The campsite is right on the edge of the A39 Atlantic Highway and you access it by first pulling into a lay-by before turning into the site.
I must admit my first thought on arriving at Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site was whether this was location was safe when you’ve got young kids and a daft dog! It’s certainly a consideration that just outside the entrance is the main vehicle route from Mid-Cornwall to North Devon and traffic travels along it very quickly. However, this does bring with it benefits too in terms of access to tourist attractions. I’ll come back to this later.
There are 100 pitches on Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site and a couple of Ready Camp tents. The fields are flat and bordered by hedges which beyond over look rolling countryside. It’s actually very pleasant. The toilet blocks and showers are dated but kept clean. The children’s play area is nicely presented too. As dog owners we were disappointed with the dog walk area on site, particularly as there is not an obvious dog walking route outside of the site, and walking up the side of the A39 without a pavement is frankly pretty scary!
The best part of the onsite facilities at Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site was the games room with pool table and table tennis table. Although the pool table has seen better days it was where the kids hung out and played with their new friends whilst it rained every evening of our stay. Within the same building is also a TV room and tourist information point.
As I referred to before the benefit of Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site is it’s proximity to some fantastic local attractions and indeed it was our favourite campsite in terms of days out we did.
On our first day we did a Murder Mystery Treasure Trail around the town of Bude which was great fun, you can read about it here. It took about 3 hours and gave us a good tour of the town. On a nicer day weather-wise we’d have stopped off at Bude Castle and the beach too, both of which are part of the route.
On the second day we headed to Tintagel to look at the castle ruins. What a spectacular place! We are English Heritage members so booked tickets a week in advance and this turned out to be a great move as it was really busy there. On finishing with the castle we wandered into town and had some delicious locally-made ice creams and stumbled upon Tintagel Old Post Office which is a National Trust property. It was late on in the afternoon by this time so queuing wasn’t an issue and it was worth a little look round, particularly as we are National Trust members so entry was free.
On day three we journeyed further afar to Lanhydrock, a Victorian country house, gardens and estate. As a huge fan of the Victorian era I savoured every moment of exploring this magnificent house. When membership allows you to gain free entry it really should be on your list to visit if you’re National Trust members and are down that way.
We left Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site a bit dissatisfied to be honest and we can’t blame that on the site! If the weather had been better we could’ve spent some time relaxing at the beach or, if we’d had a couple of extra days, we could have visited the fishing villages of Port Isaac (made famous by TV show Doc Martin) or Boscastle, or even Padstow to try out Rick Stein’s restaurant, and I think we’d have loved our time at Bude Camping and Caravanning Club Site. with so much to still explore in the area I guess that means we’ll need to go back and visit again!