Bathing water quality at Bude's beaches has been rated as Exellent under the new EU Regulations for bathing water quality. The beaches include Summerleaze Beach, Crooklets Beach, Northcott Mouth, Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth Bay.
Bude’s best-loved and Seaside Award winning and dog friendly beach (dogs on lead during the day in the summer). Summerleaze is home to the famous Bude Sea Pool, large expanse of sand, gorgeous views, beach huts for daily hire. The small harbour with fishing boats make is popular with people of all ages. Rock pooling is great fun around the harbour and Breakwater. There is a large car park, a beach cafe/bistro and many more within a few minutes walk. Located just off the town centre, this beach is easy to reach on foot.
Millook is one of the best wild beaches in Bude and Cornwall, yet not the perfect one for those looking for sand and surf. Covered with thousands of pebbles, it's 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.
A gorgeous National Trust beach, Sandymouth is just 15 minutes (by car) north of Bude. When the tide is out, the fantastic sandy beach is exposed and it is often much quieter than the other main beaches. It is very popular with both families and surfers and is set against a dramatic back-drop of sheer cliffs. The beach is just a short walk down from the National Trust car park, where you will also find toilets and a café with seasonal opening times.
Crooklets Beach is a little pebbly at the top, but there is a huge expanse of sand at low tide with plenty of rock pools to explore. There’s a sloped promenade which offers great views of the beach, a play area and lots of beach huts for daily hire and plenty of places to eat and drink. Located just off the town centre with lots of parking.
On the south side of Widemouth Bay, Black Rock beach has wild beauty in abundance. Look to the south and you’ll spot a prominent rocky outcrop which gives this beach its name. Watch out for big tides here (Blackrock Beach becomes isolated at the height of the tide). Some major point and reef breaks draw the surfers, while nature lovers of all ages will enjoy looking through the abundance of rock pools at low tide.
Northcott is a rocky beach which opens to a large expanse of sand and numerous rock pools as the tide goes out. The cliffs are rich with geological folds and there is a shipwreck in the sand. With towering cliffs, this National Trust beach is hauntingly beautiful and feels a like a cove. Children will love the sand, numerous rockpools and making dams to block the stream. Visit this beach for a secluded alternative to the main beaches.
A list of dog friendly beaches in Bude, Cornwall, including seasonal dog ban and dogs on lead dates. Dog Friendly: Duckpool Beach, Sandymouth Bay, Widemouth Bay (Black Rock) and Millook Beaches are all dog friendly all year. Dog Restrictions: Dogs are welcome on Summerleaze Beach all year, but they must be on a lead between 10am and 6pm from 21st May to 30th September. Dog Bans: There is a dog ban on Crooklets Beach and Widemouth Bay from Easter Sunday to 20th September.
Just a little distance from Bude, Widemouth Bay is popular with bathers and surfers alike. Although it looks like one huge beach, stretching across almost 1.5 miles, it is actually divided into the North and South Beach (also called Black Rock) by a natural barrier of rock. Widemouth offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools have their base there.
The Bude Canal offers the closest and most sheltered location for Canoeing and Kayaking. Bigger waters such as the sea or Upper Tamar Lake also await the intrepid paddler, but we would highly recommend guidance for anyone but the highly experienced. There are also plenty of coaching sessions with all the gear provided at Upper Tamar Lake where it is also possible to launch your own craft with permission.