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Exploring Bude with a Treasure Trails map

Every summer for the last 15 years we have holidayed near Bude in North Cornwall. It’s an area we both know pretty well, we have both separately been coming here since we were babes in arms. It’s stunning, when the sun shines there is nowhere better and there are things to do if you can tear yourself away from the beach. Now we have the boy and the dog to entertain, our holidays are less book-beach-pub and more play-paddle-ice cream. Today we decided to do something different, we downloaded a Treasure Trails map, explored Bude and discovered something new about one of our favourite places.

Exploring Bude with a Treasure Trails map

The Bude Treasure Trails map has a murder mystery theme and we’d picked it (there were a few different trails in the area) because it was short and dog friendly. The route should have taken 90 minutes and was only 1.5 miles. I’m not sure if the distance was accurate, but I clocked up 9000 steps on my fitbit during the walk. 

We began in the car park near the Tourist Information Centre and made our way up to St Michael and All Angels Church (I’m going to be a bit vague about the route, lest I give any clues away). Fortuitously, we arrived at the church during coffee morning, so we left clutching courgette and poppy-seed buns to nibble as we walked.

Exploring Bude with a Treasure Trails map

The map and clues took us on a winding route down by the Bude canal and over to Bude Castle – a building I’ve never explored before but one we will be visiting properly later in the week. We ambled into town, up the high street and across to the headland with stunning views over Summerleaze beach, the famous Bude Sea Pool and beyond. 

The route took us over 3 hours, but we had several pit-stops along the way; coffee at Bude Castle; a spot of lunch at Life’s a Beach, overlooking Summerleaze beach and of course the coffee morning at the church. 

Exploring Bude with a Treasure Trails map

We discovered some beautiful, secret, interesting parts of Bude we’ve never noticed before. The Treasure Trails map encouraged us to look up, look down, look at nooks and crannies and to really take note of our surroundings. Plus finding out who dunnit was pretty fun too!

Top Tips for doing Treasure Trails 

⊗ Take a pen
⊗ Don’t entrust your only pen to the person most likely to lose it
⊗ Put your map in a plastic pocket to protect it from the elements
⊗ Wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in
⊗ Don’t forget your sun cream (and brolly)
⊗ Allow extra time for coffee breaks and ice cream

Order your Treasure Trail online and either print it out yourself, or they can send you your trail in the post. There are 1000 trails to choose from across the UK, you can search for a trail on the Treasure Trails website. The description helpfully tells you how much walking (or sometimes cycling or driving) you will need to do; how long it should take and if the trail is accessible or not.

Each Trail is an A5 booklet of 8 pages and costs £6.99. They have three themes; Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt and Spy Mission. It depends on your location which theme you’ll be given, but all the details for each trail can be found on their website

The Treasure Trails are a brilliant way to spend a few hours exploring with your family. We had such a fun time together. Our six year old has been asking (and asking, and asking) about doing another one tomorrow – a ringing endorsement if ever there was one!

If you’re visiting Bude and would like to follow the trail we did, you can find it here.

Exploring Bude with a Treasure Trails map

Note: We were given this Treasure Trails map for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. We loved it and we’re sure your family will too!

Blog Birthday Giveaway! Win one of 5 Treasure Trails Voucher Codes

Today I celebrate my blogging birthday. Today HodgePodgeDays is four years old. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for four years now, but I’m glad to be still around and very glad to have made the wonderful friends I have along the way. Thank you for reading my blog, for chatting and commenting on my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. and for being with me along the way. 

As a small THANK YOU I have got a few giveaways to share with you today. The first is the chance to win one of 5 Treasure Trails Voucher Codes (worth £6.99 each) which will allow you to download and print a Trail or Trails of your choice from over 1,000 UK Treasure Trail locations.

Blog Birthday Giveaway! Win one of 5 Treasure Trails Voucher Codes

Order your Treasure Trail online and either print it out yourself or they will sent you your trail in the post. There are 1000 trails to choose from across the UK, you can search for a trail on the Treasure Trails website, the description helpfully tells you how much walking (or sometimes cycling or driving) you will need to do; how long it should take and if the trail is accessible or not.

There are over 1,000 self-guided themed treasure hunts across the UK. Discover more about where you live or discover somewhere new. Find out more about Treasure Trails by watching the video below.

I think these Treasure Trails maps are a great idea. It’s such a fun thing to do with the family over the weekend or during the summer holidays; getting you out and about in the fresh air, enjoying being together and figuring our clues to reach the next point on your trail.

Each Trail is an A5 booklet of 8 pages. They have three themes; Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt and Spy Mission, it depends on your location which theme you’ll be given, but all the details for each trail can be found on their website.

Win one of 5 Treasure Trails Voucher Codes

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