About Bude

A small seaside resort situated on the Atlantic Heratige Coast of Cornwall famed for its surfing, excellent sandy beaches, and on the South West Costal Path. Being very popular for family holidays during the school holidays.The warm months either side of summer are wonderful for walkers as the clifftops at Bude are one of the most spectacular sections of the South West Way. The Sustrans Cycle route also passes through the area.

The area steeped in history with lots to explore in Bude's past geological features with cliffs laid down 300 million years ago, Bude's maritime connections, canal and unique sea-lock. There are many beautiful churches in the area.

Viewing Summerleze beach and breakwater from Efford Down

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Useful links

Visit Bude: Official website from Bude Tourist Information.

About Efford Down

The farm was first recorded in 1183 as Ebbeforde. The southern part of the farm( a line from the yard to Efford Ditch(beach)) is anciently enclosed land pre 17th century with medieval or prehistoric origins, defined as having irregular field patterns. To the north the recently enclosed land from the 17th century onwards, mainly in the second half of the 18th century and the 19th century, have stone wall hedges of straight lines.

At the northern most point of the Farm, over looking Summerlease Beach and the breakwater, a former coastguard lookout stands. Known as Compass point, was built by the Acland family in 1840 of local sandstone, based on the temple of winds in Athens. It is so called as it has points of the compass carved in each of its hexagonal sides.

The Farm buildings appear on the 1880 OS map probably build with the stone from the quarry on site, as would have been the cottages which appear on the 1908 OS map.