Try something different for a great day out! Archery, water colour courses, Lundy Island, photography and more!

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Why not do something a little different? 

There is so much to do, see and experience in Cornwall and Devon that you will be spoilt for choice - in fact many guests just HAVE to return to try to fit in all the places to see and things to do that they couldn't fit in during their first holiday!

When you arrive at your cottage or lodge, you'll find a small selection of tourist information to browse through, along with one or more visitors books which are filled with previous guests' recommendations and ideas for great and memorable days out.  

Look on our "Great Days Out" page for some itinerary suggestions and great days out for all the family. We have castles, beaches, historic houses, quaint villages, interesting towns, great walks, cycling, boat trips and an amazing array of wildlife and activities to explore in the area, but you could also just chill and do something very inspirational or totally relaxing!

Walking our wonderful heritage coastline and stunning countryside

You just cannot visit Cornwall and Devon without walking at least one part of the South West Coastal Path! Although not always the easiest option, the stunning scenery and breathtaking (literally!) views will provide you with memories to last you a lifetime!

There are, however, wonderful walks for all levels in the area, varying in length and ease - including walks specifically aimed at families with children or the less mobile, including wheelchair users! If you want to plan a walk or two before you arrive however, you can always get in touch with our local Tourist Information Centre and order some of the local walks' maps by mail order!  

Wildlife and Countryside Photography

Along with fellow professional photographer Mark Bauer, Ross Hoddinott runs Dawn 2 Dusk Photography – specializing in 3-, 2- and 1-day workshops photographing the South West of England. Mark is renowned for his stunning images of his home county of Dorset, Wiltshire and also the New Forest, and Ross for his evocative shots of Cornwall, Devon and Dartmoor National Park. Together, they have an intimate knowledge of the West Country – not only knowing the most popular and celebrated viewpoints, but the regions 'hidden gems' also. Through years of experience they know just when to visit which location, depending on the season, weather and light… 

  Letterboxing on Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor or Exmoor

Letterboxing is an outdoor pursuit with similarities to orienteering. A small pot (the letterbox) containing a stamp and visitors' book is hidden on the moor, and a clue is written to lead others to its position. Clues may be as simple as a map reference and list of compass bearings, or may be more cryptic. When a letterbox is found, the letterboxer takes a copy of the stamp, as well as leaving their own personal print in the visitors' book. It all began on Dartmoor, but is now popular in areas all over the world!

With 3 moors within an hours' drive of Forda, you'll be sure to have an exciting and entertaining day out!


There are several good local golf courses, including the Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club (01288 352006), Holsworthy Golf Club (01409 253177), Bowood (Camelford, 01840 213017) and Trethorne Golf Club (01566 86903). Ivyleaf Golf Course offers a 32 par, 9 hole golf course close to Bude (01288 321592).

Take a boat trip to Lundy Island

Lundy lies just off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt. Renowned for its amazing wildlife, beautiful flora and stunning views, you will find this island simply enchanting. A haven for birdwatchers, walkers and those that are generally interested in nature and wildlife, Lundy offers a very different and exciting day out!

The local Tourist Information Centre can help you with booking your day trip to Lundy Island or you can contact the Lundy Shore Office directly , 01271 863636.

Shark Diving Trips Yes, you did read that right – it does say shark diving. This is a once in a lifetime chance to snorkel in a purpose built steel shark cage to view some of the finest sharks to visit our British seas – the blue shark (the carnivor) & the basking shark (the massive, veggie one). Working in conjunction with renowned shark expert Richard Peirce of Shark Cornwall, Atlantic Diving offer you the amazing opportunity to book these amazing trips!
You can contact Skipper Chris Lowe on 01637 850 930 or 07860 927 833. For more information visit:


North Cornwall and North Devon are the perfect place for birdwatchers, there are so many places to go to see some wonderful birds - both local and migratory. Here at Forda, most of our lodges are located right opposite one of our fishing lakes and you will find seats positioned at many places so that you can just sit - with or without binoculars - and watch the local birdlife; the usual ducks, finches, woodpeckers, robins and other regulars, as well as the more unusual flycatchers and kingfishers!

Away from Forda, you'll be spoilt for choice for quiet bird watching spots. The quieter beaches around Duckpool, Marsland Mouth and Welcombe Mouth will offer you plenty of opportunity to watch many of our local waders (and these are just a few!):   Dunlins, Whimbrels, Curlews, Sandpipers, Godwits, Greenshanks, Redshanks, and many, many more! You can also watch for migrating birds such as terns, swifts, etc. and seals popping their heads up at high-tide.

There are also several inland waterways and lakes, that will reward you with many an interesting sighting! The Tamar Lakes are just down the road from us, and the Bude Canal and Marshes will offer another wonderful wildlife habitat to explore! A little further afield you'll find the Camel estuary (Wadebridge/Padstow)  

Local Events, Festivals, Theatre Productions, Workshops, Arts and Crafts, etc.

Cornwall and Devon are packed with all sorts of activities going on every day with something to interest everyone, from arts and crafts, to village fairs and country shows, through to heritage tours and talks.  Click here to link to one of the best websites around to find out what's on in the area, or try or

Tourist Information Brochures

There is plenty to do in and around Bude and further afield.  There are lots of brochures and leaflets available in our games room to make it easy for you to choose where to go and what to do during your holiday. There really is something for everyone - young and old.  We also have maps and guide books on suggested walks and cycle routes in the area.   See our "places to visit" page for many more ideas.



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