Our Guide to Beaches in Bude

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.

Sandymouth Beach

Low tide at Sandymouth Beach, Bude

Low tide at Sandymouth image by Philip Halling is licensed under CC2.0

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

Summerleaze Beach

Beach huts on Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Beach huts on Summerleaze beach image by Nilfanion is licensed under CC3.0

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

Millook Haven

Milook Haven beach and cliffs, Bude

Millook Haven image by Tony Atkin is licensed under CC2.0

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

Facilities: None

Lifeguard: No

Surfing: Only for advanced surfers

Widemouth Bay

Widemouth Bay from the south, Bude

Widemouth Bay from the south image by Nilfanion is licensed under CC3.0

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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