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.
Bude's beaches have always been fantastic. Once again in 2019, and thanks to the work of A Greener Bude and local environmental groups with the support of the wider community, Bude's beaches have once again been awarded prestigeous internationally recognised standards and awards - Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
Just a little distance from Bude, this 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.
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.
A list of lifeguarded beaches in Bude, Cornwall. Always swim between the flags, and do not enter the water unless you are being supervised by the RNLI lifeguards.
Bude’s best-loved and Seaside Award winning beach. Summerleaze is home to the famous Bude Sea Pool, large expanse of sand, gorgeous views, beach huts for daily hire and a small harbour with fishing boats make is popular with people of all ages. Rock pooling is popular 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.
A list of dog friendly beaches in Bude, Cornwall, including seasonal dog ban and dogs on lead dates.
Another one of the best wild beaches in Cornwall, 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.
A gorgeous National Trust beach, just 15 minutes (by car) north of the town. 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.
Duckpool is a wild and romantic cove, which is appreciated most for its wild setting. Dominated by the spectacular peak of Steeple Point Cliff, it is favoured by many as a quiet retreat away from it all. Swimming and surfing are not recommended, as the currents are extremely dangerous and razor-sharp rocks only add to the hazards.