October half term is always a really popular time for visitors to spend a week in Bude.
Surprisingly, the sea temperature is still almost as warm as it is in July so it’s a great time for budding surfers to pop one of our bodyboards or full-size beginners ‘foamie’ boards under your arm and take the 10-minute stroll down to Crooklets beach. All the beaches are fully dog-friendly at this time of the year too.
Halloween also falls in half-term week so, new for this year, we’ve just bought some great goodies to enter into the spirit. We are going to transform the seaside-themed window in the twin room into a spooky Halloween special with special lights and spooky goings-on! The kids will love it!! Although the date is yet to be confirmed for this year, Bude Rugby Club usually has its annual firework display on the Friday night too.
There are some fabulous walks to do in the autumn in Cornwall. Apart from the obvious coastal path and the wonderful 3-mile low-tide walk from Crooklets up to beyond Sandymouth, north Cornwall’s wooded combes (valleys) that lead down to the sea, are a delight in the at this time of the year and the lovely smell of woodsmoke wafting up from cottage chimney only adds to the atmosphere.
For a family day out, how about a visit to the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway? This delightful little line runs from Bodmin down a branch line as far as the main line at Bodmin Parkway. Here you can jump out and walk into the grounds of Lanhydrock, a majestic National Trust property. The gentle walk runs alongside the river Fowey amongst some glorious woodland that will be at the peak of their autumn colours. Your dog might also appreciate a splash in the river in one of the special doggy-access points and the kids will love kicking their way through the fallen leaves. Pack a picnic and enjoy it at Respryn Bridge along the way. Here’s a chance for a game of Poo-Sticks! You will love the return train ride back to Bodmin as the steam engine has to work really hard to puff its way back up the steep hill. To whet the kids’ appetite for Halloween, why not follow this with a visit to Bodmin Jail – supposedly Britain’s most haunted building, to cap a wonderful day out!
Back at the Beach Haven, you can guarantee you will return to a lovely warm home-from-home. The programmed central heating will see to that but you can add icing to the cake by putting a match to the lovely open fire. You will arrive to find the fire already laid and a full scuttle of coal and a sack of logs to keep you going.