Making a Splash in Bude, From Surfing to Kayaking

If you are camping North Cornwall this year, you should definitely consider making time for some watersports. Your first stop should be The Bude Surf Centre, which offers surfing lessons from the very best – British Surfing Association approved senior coaches. Bude is the perfect place to start learning how to surf! There are many great beaches, and you can be sure that your coach will take you to the most suitable beach for your ability.

Image from the BBC Cornwall website from their article about the Bude Surf Classic Event held at Widemouth Bay

If a lesson isn’t enough for you, why not join the Surf Centre’s “surfari” – a full day spent visiting many of the areas finest surfing beaches. It’s just what you need to catch the surfing bug!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any surfing kit – most beginners haven’t yet invested in their own kit. The Bude Surf Centre has an extensive selection of surfboards and wetsuits for you to hire, and they will be on hand to advise you what kit is best suited to your ability.

Of course there are many more water-based activities to enjoy during your camping North Cornwall trip. How about Canadian canoeing, kayaking and boogie boarding for starters? If you like the sound of these, head for Atlantic Pursuits, a small company based in Bude. Having traded for over 30 years, they really know what they are talking about when it comes to outdoor pursuits! Highly qualified instructors are guaranteed to give you the expertise, guidance and attention that you need to get to grips with the watersport of your choice.

Upper Tamar Lake

Image from the Upper Tamar Lake Sailing Club Website

Just inland from Bude are the Tamar Lakes. Upper Tamar Lake, the larger of the two lakes is another perfect spot to try out a new watersport (or get even better at your favourite one!). Upper Tamar Lake is ideal if you are visiting with your family. There is something to suit all ages and abilities. The centre is really child-friendly; there is a Kids Club every Saturday and a well-equipped play space and cafe next to the beautiful sandy beach.

Whatever activity you decide to try, make sure you have all the kit you need. Essentials are a towel, swimming costume, warm jacket, suncream and a hat. If you do have your own wetsuits and buoyancy aids, feel free to bring them, but these are always included in the tuition cost so don’t worry if you forget.

Taking part in a watersport is a great way to enjoy the wonderful North Cornish coast. So if you are camping North Cornwall this year, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have some fun in the water!

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