Monday, February 22, 2021

Coastal Scenery Around Bude, Cornwall

 

During our last few days in Devon, England we decided to take a little rest from visiting properties and drive to the coastline not too far from our home away from home.


Soon we will be traveling to Salisbury and then on to Southampton for our journey home on the Queen Mary 2.   Before I share about these packed days ahead I want to record the spectacular coastline.


We drove to the seaside town of Bude that is in northeast Cornwall.  


Bude's coastline is along Bude Bay in the Celtic Sea that is part of the Atlantic Ocean.


Bude was a favorite seaside village with the Victorians.  This chilly afternoon we see many folks enjoying a round of golf on the course that runs through the center of town.



To the south of Bude is the spectacular Widemouth Bay!  Though there seemed to be a front approaching we enjoyed the lovely views from the safety of our vehicle.



Along the coastline there we found Cornish Ice Cream trucks parked at overlooks.  We certainly enjoyed indulging.





While we were gazing at the lovely ocean, the green water turned a pretty shade of Caribbean blue.  Widemouth Bay is steeped in smuggling history of years gone by.  Sloops from Wales used to use Widemouth as a port for dropping off coal and limestone.  They would take back home tin, slate, copper, granite, and Cornish pasties.



There is a walking path along the cliffs.  There was a warning about how unstable this area was, so we did not take a walk here.  


We decided to drive back to have dinner in Bude at the Falcon hotel we noticed.


The Falcon Hotel is the oldest coaching hotel in North Cornwall established in 1798.  Grayden had a wonderful fish pie and I ordered the turkey coronation sandwich.  


 In front of the Falcon is the Bude Canal.  


The canal was built in 1823 to transport the mineral rich sand to farmers as fertilizer.  It was 35 miles long and needed to climb 430 feet in the first six miles with the use of a series of locks known as incline planes.  


Just to the north of Bude is Sandymouth Bay.  It proved to be quite wild and chilly and not too hospitable to enjoy outside.


Sandymouth Bay is a popular spot for surfers and swimmers when the tides allow.  As you can see the tide is high this afternoon.  The National Trust takes care of this beach and I must say it is a stunning spot. 




The notes in my journal remind me this is our last evening in the Cornwall/Devon area.  We need to pack our luggage and move on to the next spot of our extraordinary celebration of our Golden Anniversary. 


 









   

 

22 comments:

  1. You would not believe how much like west Wales this looks! For a moment, I thought you had been in my part of the world, then I saw thatch rooved cottages. We don't have those. You certainly celebrated your Golden Wedding with style!
    Deb in Wales xo

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    1. Deb, we hope to see with our eyes the beauty of western Wales. I'm not surprised to hear it is similar as we were not too far away. This trip will forever be in our hearts. xoxo

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  2. This is really stunning. Those seaside views -- biggest sigh! And I think I'd very much like dinner at the Falcon Hotel! What a wonderful visit!

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    1. Jeanie, I love the ocean so much that I could not leave out the beauty of the coastline of Cornwall. I'm sure you would enjoy dinner at the Falcon Hotel. I want to go back!

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  3. The coastal areas are absolutely beautiful! It looks a little misty and gray in some of the photos . . . kind of dreamy. I am thinking with all of the walking, climbing, and hiking that you did in England, you could eat Cornish ice cream guilt-free!

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    1. Cheryl, the day we visited was quite misty and oh so "dreamy". I definitely enjoyed all the Cornish ice cream at every chance possible. It's quite rich and delicious.

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  4. I have thoroughly enjoyed all your posts about the UK Martha Ellen, especially those in Devon and Cornwall, having lived in Devon for many years with numerous trips into Cornwall. I learned something new today about the sand and the fertilizer. Never knew that before! Thank you so much, always lovely to go back home with you.

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    1. Denise, it means a lot to me that you have enjoyed my posts about your home. Traveling in Devon and Cornwall will always hold special memories in my heart.

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  5. Wow Martha another fabulous tour! I like the images with the patchwork planted fields in various colors. That sure was a trip of a lifetime!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Our anniversary trip was so special. I hope to soon finish posting about it. Maybe it's taking me so long because I don't want to leave!

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  6. I must say you two sure do know how to celebrate an anniversary! What an amazing time you had and I really appreciate you sharing it with us. I am able to travel and enjoy it all from my armchair. :-)
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Teresa, I'm so glad you are enjoying our trip. We love traveling so much. It's fun to revisit our adventures here.

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  7. So lovely and I'm glad you are re-visiting your travels and posting about them. I'm always so happy to see different spots in Great Britain to enjoy. Happy end of February to you!

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    1. Ellen, I made a promise to myself to record the rest of our Golden Anniversary trip to Great Britain. I'm so glad you are coming along with us. Happy end of February to You as well!

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  8. I'm glad you got a chance to see the ocean while you were on your trip, Martha Ellen. It looks like it was a foggy day at the Bay, so beautiful. Those little houses along the street are so charming. Isn't that something that the ice cream trucks were there on a cold day? Wow, that's amazing that the hotel is still around since 1798! That's really special that you have a few facts and stories about the places that you visited, Martha Ellen. What a wonderful Golden Anniversary vacation to look back on and cherish. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, we did have a wonderful Golden Anniversary trip to Great Britain. I'm so glad to share it with you and my friends here. It has taken me quite some time to record it here. I have a few more days to share before it's all done. Have a happy weekend!

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  9. I am enjoying your posts.
    You certainly had a wonderful Golden Anniversary trip and created so many special memories to cherish.

    Enjoy these remaining February days and have a happy and healthy March.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan, I so appreciate all of your lovely comments on this post and the past couple. You are so kind. I do hope you are able to take a trip south to Devon and Cornwall. We enjoyed it so much! I can hardly believe March is upon us. Have a great weekend, friend.

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  10. The water colors in the bay are beautiful. One could combine the colors in a scarf or blanket.



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  11. I enjoyed this adventure! Ah, Cornwall, you are going on my list.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Cornwall is so lovely, Amalia. I'm glad it is making your list! xo

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