Bude (/bjuːd/; Cornish: Porthbud) is a compact seaside resort town in north east Cornwall, England, in the civil parish of Bude-Stratton and at the mouth of the River Neet (also known locally as the River Strat). It was sometimes formerly known as Bude Haven. It lies southwest of Stratton, south of Flexbury and Poughill, and north of Widemouth Bay, located along the A3073 road off the A39. Bude is twinned taking into consideration Ergué-Gabéric in Brittany, France. Bude’s coast faces Bude Bay in the Celtic Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean. The population of the civil parish can be found under Bude-Stratton. It has a lively local community, well-known for its focus on the atmosphere and house to the Two Minute Foundation started by writer, surfer and activist, Martin Dorey, among new green initiatives.
Its earlier importance was as a harbour, and subsequently a source of sea sand useful for improving the inland soil. This was transported using Bude Canal. The Victorians favoured it as a seaside resort. With other rail links, it became a popular seaside destination in the 20th century. Bradshaw’s Guide of 1866, Section 2, described Bude as: “a small harbor and picturesque village in the north-eastern extremity of Cornwall”. It described the town as having the dignity of a trendy marine resort in the same way as excellent facilities for bathers. The harbour bed consists of Good bright orange sand consisting of small shells. “The sea view is of a striking, bold and sublime description – the rocks rising on every side to lofty damage elevations”. It plus describes Bude as a romantic retreat.
Bude holds an annual Heritage Day, which is roughly as popular as its Lifeboat Day. Holidaymakers arrive via the A39 Atlantic Highway. The herald came from the Southern Railway’s well-known Atlantic Coast Express, which ran daily from Waterloo for forty years in the company of 1926 and 1966, serving an Place from Ilfracombe to Padstow. Historian, Bryan Dudley Stamp of Bude campaigned hard for the supplementary name to be accepted.