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.
Sandymouth Bay is a gorgeous National Trust beach, just 15 minutes (by car) north of the town. This is a fantastic sandy beach when the tide is out and can be much quieter than the other main beaches. This dramatic beach oozes with wow-factor and the zig zag folds in the cliffs are extraordinary. It’s a beach to explore and its easy to find a quiet spot, even in the summer.
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.
Just north of Bude, Duckpool Beach is loved by many for its wild and remote setting, this is a beautiful and quiet cove at the bottom of the Coombe Valley. Children will love the wide-open space and the large rockpools will keep them happy for hours. There are large pebbles at the entrance to the beach, but you’ll be rewarded by an expanse of sand at low tide.
Northcott Mouth is just north of the town. 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 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.
A list of dog friendly beaches in Bude, Cornwall, including seasonal dog ban and dogs on lead dates. Dog Friendly: Duckpool Beach, Sandymouth Bay, Black Rock (South side of Widemouth Bay) 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 during Lifeguard Hours, Dog Bans: There is a seasonal dog ban on Crooklets Beach and Widemouth Bay.
Crooklets is a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. It’s a little pebbly at the top, but there is a huge expanse of sand at mid to low tide and plenty of rock pools to explore. There’s a promenade which offers level access and great views of the beach and high-tide access to the Sea Pool and Summerleaze. There’s a new Pirate Ship play area. To hire a hut, you’ll need to pop over to the Beach Office at Summerleaze. The Cricket Club and Pitch ‘n’ Put is on the grassy Downs above the beach. Rosies Kitchen is very popular and serves great food.
A couple of miles from the centre of Bude (5 minutes in the car), it’s well worth making a journey to Widemouth Bay Beach. It’s a vast expanse of sand with lots of rock pools to explore. Although it looks like one huge beach, it’s actually divided in two. The southern end, Black Rock has a privately owned car park and is dog friendly all year.
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.