This part of the Cornish coast offers huge stretches of sand for sun worshippers to bathe on, a rocky coastline creating great waves for surfers, and fantastic wildlife habitats for those looking to spot dolphins and birds of prey.
What’s to love: This National Trust beach is set among stunning surroundings on the dramatic edge of Cornwall’s coast. Sheer cliffs give it a breath-taking backdrop but mean it can be difficult to access for families or the disabled. If you do visit, you will be rewarded with a huge stretch of sand and the potential to spot lots of wildlife in the rock pools or out to sea. Sandymouth is also a popular spot for surfers.
Location: Sits between Bude and Morwenstow
Disabled access: Steep slope to the beach
Parking: Car park at Sandymouth and Duckpool beaches
Dog-friendly: Yes, all year around.
Facilities: Café, which is open seasonally, and toilets
Lifeguard: Daily, May to September
Surfing: Good for surfing at mid to low tide
What’s to love: This popular beach has something for everyone. It’s conveniently located just a short walk from the centre of Bude, it has great surf, a river filled with fishing boats and a sea pool made from a natural rock pool.It’s great for the family, with opportunities to learn to surf, kayak, climb or go sea fishing. If you want a bit of comfort, you can rent a cute little beach hut.
Location: Situated close to Castle Bude
Disabled access: Good facilities with beach access from the car park and a disabled sand chair on hand
Parking: Parking at the beach
Dog-friendly: Dogs must be on leads from 21 May to 30 September
Facilities: Toilets and disabled toilets available
Lifeguard: Cover on Easter weekend and from 1 May to 30 September
Surfing: Suitable for beginners and experienced surfers but gets crowded in peak season. Surfing possible at all tides
What’s to love: A spectacular beach but with its pebbles and shingle, it’s not one for those looking to sunbathe or surf. Millook is one of Cornwall’s best wild beaches due to its uniquely shaped zig-zag cliff, which is ofworldwide geological significance. It’s great for wildlife fans who might be lucky enough to spot a seal, dolphin, waders or birds of prey in the area.
Location: Four miles from Bude
Disabled access: Limited
Parking: Limited with few spaces
Dog-friendly: Dogs allowed all season
Surfing: Only for advanced surfers
What’s to love: This huge 1.5 mile stretch is actually split into two beaches – north and south – with the latter known as Black Rock beach, which takes its name from the rocks close to the shore. With big tides, it is a wilder beach than others in Bude but it’s great for surfers. It is also good for families, as at low tide there are numerous rock pools for kids to spot lots of sea creatures.
Location: Three miles outside of Bude and accessible along the South West Coast Path
Disabled access: Disabled ramp and railing provide access to the beach
Parking: Large free car parks at both north and south ends of the bay
Dog-friendly: No dogs allowed from Easter to 1 October but they are allowed on Black Rock beach
Facilities: Café and public toilets open in the summer season
Lifeguard: Daily in the Easter school holidays then daily from 2 May to 27 September, weekends only in October, then daily 24 October to 1 November.
Surfing: Great surfing at all tides
The best of the rest of Bude’s beaches
Bude has more beaches to offer, including Crooklets (top beach for surfing, plus great facilities nearby including a skate park), Northcott Mouth (a rocky cove with a sandy beach at low tide when the wreck of SS Belem is revealed) and Duckpool beach.
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