Documenting more of our Cornish holiday last month; I did have a list of wet weather activity options to try during our trip but due to the amazing weather we never got to try any of them. We went to the beach every day! There are a number of beaches within driving distance of Marhamchurch where we stayed and we tried 3 of them.
Summerleaze Beach, Bude
Summerleaze is the largest of the 2 beaches in Bude itself and is where the river Neet flows into the sea. A huge expanse of sandy beach at low tide with rock pools for little ones to explore and a swimming pool filled with sea water (invigoratingly cold!). There is still plenty of beach left at high tide and we had a BBQ on the beach early one evening. A cafe on the edge of the beach kept us supplied with cold drinks and ice cream and there is a shop selling beach paraphernalia too. LS enjoyed picking up stones, sitting in pools of water and jumping waves.
Crooklets Beach, Bude
This is the other beach in Bude, just around the bay from Summerleaze, smaller and perhaps slightly less scenic. Crooklets does have more choice of eateries though as well as another bucket and spade shop! It is also dog free.
Our favourite! Slightly further away than the other 2 beaches, we discovered this one on our 5th day and went there every day after that. Quieter and more rugged than the beaches in Bude though still with the same expanse of sand, rock pools and similar facilities. We got into a routine of getting down there for 10am, I’d sit with a coffee and and LS and daddy would run round for a while then we’d swap. We tried come sandcastle building which meant that we would build them and LS would knock them over.
As well as cafes and shops, all of the beaches above have toilets, life guard cover during the summer and plenty of parking courtesy of council run car parks. If I did this trip again I’d definitely purchase a weekly rover ticket which allows you to park in most council car parks (and all the ones for beaches above). The ticket costs £35 (we easily spent £5 per day on parking) and saves you rummaging for change or calling the pay-by-phone line!
The Weir is a relatively new and super child friendly restaurant in Bude with a little indoor wildlife centre and large outdoor play area to keep the little ones amused. We went down there for tea one night and LS enjoyed the play area whilst we enjoyed a glass of wine and waited for our food. She then enjoyed sharing my crab salad instead of eating her own tea followed by saying hello to the various (well behaved) dogs who were visiting! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
I really wanted to visit Tintagel Castle but was put off by the difficult terrain and steps. Still keen to travel slightly further afield we drove down to Boscastle one morning.
Boscastle, made famous by the severe flooding of 2004, is a charming harbour town with dramatic cliff edges. So not the best place for an adventurous toddler! We had a walk along the cliff edges, quick scoot round the award winning Museum of Witchcraft (LS stayed outside with her auntie) then retreated to the National Trust cafe for pasties, ice cream and a toddler melt down. We stuck to the beach for the rest of the week!