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Northcott Mouth

March 2012:  Bude has been voted the 7th Best Beach Destination in the UK by millions of TripAdvisor users. 

North Cornwall's beaches are famous for their haunting beauty and those in the Bude area are no exception. Vast expanses of clean, golden, sandy beaches, often backed by rugged cliffs, have captivated many a visitor's imagination over the centuries.

No matter whether the sea is calm and gentle, or raging with angry waves and white foam, her majestic beauty will always add to that romantic feel of our shores.With the enormous differences between high and low tide their atmosphere and shape is constantly changing. The water levels rise and fall dramatically within a couple of hours and the sea level will cover an area of 60 football pitches with up to 7 metres of water during high tide. It is this never-ending flow of the tides that gives you the opportunity to enjoy a 4-mile walk along the shoreline from the Bude beaches all the way up to Sandymouth and back when the tide is out.

Northcott Mouth, 3 miles north of Bude

A beach of haunting beauty. Although quite pebbly at the top, it offers a huge expanse of sandy beach when the tide is out. With towering cliffs on both sides it feels a little like a cove. Children will love exploring the fine sand, many rock pools and stream, which is running down through the beach. Owned by the National Trust, it has a little car park halfway down the hill. Although there aren't any facilities such as public toilets, there is a lovely tea garden just up the private road, which is open during the summer months. Lifeguard cover is provided in July and August. 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!

Therefore, always make sure you adhere to a few simple rules as outlined here. It will help you and your family stay safe in and near water!    

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