The pace of life has slowed down. You're settled into your self catering accommodation and you're anticipating exploring the region. However the last thing you want is to squeeze yourself into the car and negotiate yet more roads. Cornwall is ageless. You need an escape from driving. Taking things slowly is ideal for your spirit, especially when you have been working nose-to-grindstone for months on end. The remedy? Take the bus. Bus travel is an eco friendly option. And it's really one of the better ways to experience this incredible county in a stress-free manner!
Have a look at glorious Bude to start with. From there you can get the bus to intriguing places like Maramchurch, Kilkhampton, bustling Exeter, Hartland and Barnstaple. Contemporary buses are spacious and comfortable. If you manage to snag a double decker you'll delight in amazing vistas from the top deck. Bus travel is cost effective, fun plus a great way to get a real feel for the lovely surroundings. Give your driving head a good rest, chill out and enjoy the ride. Hop on and off whenever you want. Take a picnic. Check out a few friendly pubs. You could even get lost if you fancy it. That's what the best self-catering holidays are about... plenty of miniature expeditions of discovery.
Along with being an ideal base from which to explore the countless pleasures of Cornwall, Bude is a lovely destination to visit in its own right. Choose a holiday cottage near Bude and explore the town's charming ancient streets studded with interesting independent shops, eateries and cafes, lined with pretty traditional fishing cottages. There's friendly pubs and plenty of exciting things to do and see, from Bude castle to rowing boat hire, guided surfing 'experiences' to gorgeous gardens, horse riding, golf and art galleries. Or go mountainboarding for the extreme sports buzz of a lifetime.
Bus travel also opens up the county for backpackers, ramblers and walkers. When you go by car you're usually limited to a circular route. Get the bus and you can start or end your walk anywhere you want along the county's many bus routes. You can use the buses in Cornwall any time of the year whether you're a sun seeker or you've fallen head over heels with the rugged coastline's winter finery and wild weather. In a nutshell, self-catering holidays and bus travel go together like surf, sea and sand!
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