The village of Kilkhampton dates back to Saxon times where the church of St James the Great is at least 450 years old. It is one of many churches dedicated to St James on the pilgrim's route that eventually leads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The remains of a motte & bailey style Norman castle called Penstowe Castle dating back to 12th century can still be seen. In the village there is a post office, a couple of pubs, two general stores and and a selection of shops.
Kilkhampton is under 6 miles in a north easterly direction from Bude. Bude is Cornwall's most northern town and has been a favourite seaside resort since Victorian times. The coastal scenery surrounding the beaches of Bude are absolutely stunning; there is a huge amount of bird life for the dedicated twitcher and some wonderful walks along the cliff tops. Along the coast is Sandy Mouth, an ideal beach for families due to its lovely sand and numerous rock pools. Morwenstow, which is a little further towards Devon is just south of Henna Cliff. The cliff is the highest in Cornwall and has a sheer drop down to the sea. From here you can see across to South Wales.
The centre of Bude has a theatre, concerts, dances and fetes as well as other events throughout the season. There is a new Visitors Centre in the Crescent car park which has an extensive display by the North Cornwall Heritage Coast and Countryside Service, including a children's area. There is a weekly Cornish Furry Dance and an annual Carnival Week. Bude is also home to a popular jazz festival which takes place every year in August.
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