The nearest beach is Crackington Haven and is a lovely secluded bay with dramatic cliffs on either side. There is a pub, the Coombe Barton and two good cafes. I can recommend the local crab sandwiches!
There is quite a lot of sand on the shore line but the upper part of the beach is mostly covered by these attractive lined pebbles
We were only in Cornwall for three days but we visited lots of places such as Boscastle Harbour which flooded very badly in 2004. It is beautifully restored now and is home to Boscastle Pottery.
In Elizabethan times herring fishing was the main activity supporting the village until the shoals began to move away in the 1830's. In the middle of the 19th Century Charles Kingsley, author of 'The Water Babies', returned to live in the village where he had been brought up when his father was rector there. His presence coupled with a Victorian love of the sea produced a tourism boom and by the end of the century ships were arriving from around the Bristol Channel to land tourists by small boat onto the pebbled shore.
Donkeys are used to deliver provisions to the houses and cafes there.
It is a truly unspoilt and unique place where time has stood still.
There is of course a pottery there established in 1992 and the resident potter Caroline Curtis produces hand thrown slip decorated earthenware pots in beautiful designs and colours.
I love these vegetable markers and fancy having a go at making some myself.
The workshop is open to visitors and for a small fee you can make your own pot.
The next day we drove from Bude to the small harbour town of Fowey and drove past some unbelievable foxgloves growing wild in the hedgerow. I just had to take a picture (much to my partner's annoyance!) Aren't they wonderful?
Anyway back to Fowey, (pronounced Foy not Fowee). It is a pretty natural harbour (my photo does not do it justice!) which has been used as a port for hundreds of years. Previously the centre of the Cornish China Clay industry but is now more famous as a yachting destination.
Fowey's most famous resident is the well known authoress Daphne du Maurier. She spent many years holidaying and living in and around the harbour town until her death in 1989. Cornwall was a strong influence in many of her books.
There is also a great choice of tea rooms,a delightful fudge shop, gift shops and art galleries displaying local art and craft and I fell in love with these pottery boats.
and raku fired fish by Tony Worthington
The cloud started to clear and the sun came out in the afternoon so I was able to get some good photos of the Bude coastline on our way back. It really is breathtaking.
We had a lovely few days, thanks to my friend now back to reality!