A BEACH FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK
Summerleaze Beach, Bude
This is the point where the River Neet which flows along Bude Canal meets the sea through the canal lock gates of Bude Canal and forms the end of the walk along the canal (starting from The Weir at Marhamchurch). This beach boats one of the few remaining open-air sea pools and is also known for its breakwater and barrel rock. Its little harbour is home to various fishing boats. Backed by sand dunes, this beach offers a good area of golden sand. There is a large car park, the RNLI lifeboat station along with public toilets and showers and a beach office where general goods as well as windbreaks, deckchairs, a sand wheelchair and also beach huts can be hired.
You will find Life's a Beach cafe by day, restaurant by night overlooking the beach along with a shack next door offering ice-creams and various beach items. The beach has RNLI lifeguard cover from the beginning of May to the end of September between the hours of 10am – 6pm* during this time all the dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Crooklets Beach, Bude
Pebbly to begin with but then opens up to sand with an abundance of rock pools as the tide goes out. Home to Bude Surf Life Saving Club (Britain’s First) with life saving demonstrations every Tuesday evening. You will find a beach cafe on the promenade aswell as Rosie's Cafe offering great snacks and great for taking children as it has an ice-cream parlour and outdoor play area. If you fancy your very own Beach hut then they can be hired from Summerleaze Beach office in the car park. The beach has RNLI lifeguard cover from the beginning of May to the end of September between the hours of 10am – 6pm*. Dogs are not permitted on this beach.
Northcott Mouth, 3 miles north of Bude
This small rocky beach opens up from looking like a cove at high tide to revealing an expanse of sand and rock pools as the tide drops. There is also a little stream that runs down through the beach which is great for floating little hand made boats of cuttlefish and seagull feathers (tried and tested by our family - great fun!). There are also plenty of rock-pool fun to be had. The car park is half way down the hill towards the beach, owned by the National Trust where they operate an 'honesty box' for parking. There are no public toilets here, but just meters away from the beach, during the summer months your will find 'The Rustic Tea Rooms' a little Gem offering sandwiches, pasties, home-made cakes amongst other cornish delights and refreshments . Lifeguard cover is provided at Northcott Mouth Beach during July and August. Dogs allowed.
Sandymouth, 5 miles north of Bude
A popular but unspoilt beach of pebbles and sand backed by incredible twisted cliffs with its very own waterfall. We wouldn't recommend this for the less mobile due to the steep walk to the beach through quite a steep ravine with a number of steps onto the beach itself. Again, this is a National Trust-owned beach. The car park, also owned by the National Trust, is situated at the top of the cliff. There is a little cafe with adjoining public toilets, which are open during the main summer season. Lifeguard cover is provided from the middle of May until the middle of September. Dogs allowed
Duckpool, 6 miles north of Bude
A remote beach with rock pools overlooked by cliffs often carpeted with wild flowers. A wild and rugged cove, swimming is not recommended due to dangerous currents and sharp rocks. You can continue along the coastal path from Northcott Mouth to this beach. No lifeguard cover is provided! Dogs allowed.
Widemouth Bay, 3 miles south of Bude
A personal favourite of ours, Widemouth Bay is a huge sandy beach extending to 1.5 miles wide with large areas of rock to the south and north of the beach. Popular with surfers and bathers alike. The South part of the beach is known as Black Rock. Awarded Blue Flag status in 2016, Widemouth is a fantastic beach to take the family, offering fantastic safe conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools have their base there. A big car park, public toilets and beach café are available, together with the family run Trelawney Tea Rooms (which also offers wet-suit & surfboard hire) located right opposite the car park. . Lifeguard cover is provided from the beginning of May until the end of September (North Beach). Cover on Black Rock is from the middle of May until the end of September*. Dogs welcome on Black Rock beach (south end) but not Widemouth (North end)
Millook Beach 5 miles south of Bude
Another beach of haunting beauty, yet not the perfect one for those looking for sand and surf. Covered with thousands of pebbles, it is more of a retreat for those wishing to observe wildlife such as seals and dolphins as well as birds of prey and waders. Millook is also of huge geological interest with its world famous zig-zag cliff, towering high above the shore. No lifeguard cover is provided. Dogs welcome.
Crackington Haven, 11 miles south of Bude
Dominated by truly majestic cliffs, Crackington Haven is a wonderful, but small beach, with hundreds of rock pools teaming with wildlife. It offers quite a stretch of golden sand with the tide out, and facilities such as car park, pub, café and public toilets will make a lovely day out on the beach for those who are looking for a quieter spot. Lifeguard cover is provided in July and August. No dogs.
Strangles, 12 miles south of Bude
Flanked by the most impressive High Cliff (the highest in Cornwall with its awe-inspiring 732 feet), Strangles is well worth a visit for its sheer magnitude. However, the climb down (not to mention the climb back up) is strenuous and certainly not suitable for small children or the less mobile. It is unsuitable for bathing, as the strong currents and razor-sharp rocks impose a life-threatening danger. No lifeguard cover is provided! Dogs welcome.
Our beautiful beaches offer a fantastic, safe bathing experience, thanks to the excellent water quality and the fantastic work of the RNLI and other voluntary organisations. And even on a calm day, when the sea might look inviting and calm, always treat her with respect. This is the open Atlantic Ocean and the waves and underwater currents can be immensely powerful - and dangerous!
*Beaches marked with * after the Lifeguard cover detail have extended Lifeguard cover during October over weekends and October Half Term week.