The Area

The ideal position from which to tour Cornwall & Devon

Just a mile or two north of Penhalt Farm, towards our main town of Bude, lies two of the best beaches in the area.

The first you reach is Black Rock and the next is Widemouth Bay's main beach, famous for its surfing.

In Bude there are two beaches and a natural swimming pool. The first is Summerleaze Beach positioned alongside the Bude Canal and allowing you to walk along the top of the breakwater, whereas the second beach, Crooklets Beach, is the adjoining beach to the north. The main beaches at Bude, Summerleaze & Crooklets, along with Widemouth Bay, are patrolled by lifeguards throughout the holiday season and Bude has its own inshore lifeboat should it be required.

Bude has a long history regarding the Surf Life Saving Club, having started in 1953 and still has an enthusiastic following. Please remember, pay attention to the Lifeguards and the 'flags' that signify safe swimming areas.

If swimming is not your scene, Bude also has a recently renovated canal where boating and fishing activities can be undertaken or you can simply enjoy the canal-side footpath that can take you several miles.

Local recreational amenities include tennis, golf, riding and a choice of fishing. For families there is the popular 'Splash' Leisure Pool just five miles north in Bude and next door is Harlequinns Ten Pin Bowling Alley, go-karts and children's adventure play area.

Penhalt Farm is the perfect mid-point from which to visit some of the south west's major attractions. Leaflets are available in the shop advertising some of these but the list is almost too numerous to mention - some of these are listed below:

Cross the border into North Devon and there is a family favourite - "The Milky Way". Packed with fun activities for all ages, including live shows with birds of prey among its wildlife attractions. 

We always keep a good stock of leaflets, maps and information about local attractions, places to go, walks, activity centres, theme parks etc. 

Further details of things to do in and around Bude and North Cornwall can also be found at Bude Tourist Information Centre or on their website:

With over 1,000km (630 miles) of the South West Coast Path surrounding us, we are truly blessed with an incredible coastline. Easily reachable are our 3 main 'moors', Exmoor in north Devon, Dartmoor in south Devon and Cornwall's own Bodmin Moor which plays host to the two highest points in Cornwall; 'Brown Willy' at 1,375 feet (419 m) and 'Rough Tor' at 1,313 ft (400m).

The South West is home to hundreds of small villages, many with a fascinating past and not all on the main 'visitor trail'.

King Arthur's Castle
Truro Cathedral
Oare Church

In north Devon the Exmoor National Park occupies about 69,280 hectares (171,189 acres) and is the home of Lorna Doone, the heroine of the romantic novel by R.D. Blackmore.

You can visit Lorna Doone Farm shop and Oare Church where Lorna was shot on her wedding day.

Further north, looking across to the Welsh coastline, are the popular villages Lynton & Lynmouth whilst heading back towards Cornwall, following the coast road, there are some spectacular beaches (especially Woolacombe) and just before entering Cornwall you have the opportunity to discover the timeless village of Clovelly, where the steep, cobbled street tumbles down past gleaming white cottages to the tiny, deep-blue harbour.

Travelling southwards from Penhalt Farm our nearest villages of interest are Boscastle and Tintagel, the home of King Arthur's castle.

Further south there is Newquay, famous for its surf, then on down to Truro with its cathedral towering over the town.

With multiple quaint villages your journey will take you to the end of the county, in fact 'Lands End' whilst further east is the most southerly piece of land called The Lizard.

Back towards Penhalt Farm there is Launceston with its ancient castle, still climable to the the top of the tower, resulting in excellent views of the area. The town also has a steam railway that runs for a few miles through the countryside.

Bude Canal has a well maintained footpath for over a mile towards the village of Marhamchurch, the other side of the A39.
Fishing is popular and boating on more than half of the canal. A licence is required to fish and information is available on the Wharf.
Walking quietly along the canal paths allows you to see many wild birds and animals; not just ducks, but rabbits, kingfishers and cows!