Dog friendly beaches in Bude 2020

We’re extremely lucky in Bude to have a mix of dog friendly as well as dog restricted beaches.  Frequent visitors to Bude may notice some changes to previous years…

Dog Friendly Beaches in Bude

  • Northcott Mouth Beach
  • Sandymouth Bay
  • Duckpool Beach
  • Black Rock Beach (south of Widemouth Bay)
  • Millook Beach

Seasonal Dog Restrictions apply to:

  • Summerleaze Beach (dogs on leads between 10am and 6pm  1st July – 31 August)

Seasonal Dog Bans: 

  • Crooklets Beach from May 15th to September 30th between 10am and 6pm.
  • Widemouth Bay (main beach) from 15th May to 30th September between 10am and 6pm.

Full information can be seen below, but why not browse our dog-friendly places to stay and eat in Bude?

Summerleaze Beach

Clean, safe and easy on the eye, Summerleaze Beach is a big hit with surfers, beach bums and families. However, it is the sheer variety of activities that mark Summerleaze as arguably the best beach in Cornwall for outdoor pursuits and water sports.  Read more…



A National Trust owned beach that starts with a dramatic cliff top view from the car park. The walk down to the beach leads you through quite a steep ravine, which is why we wouldn’t recommend it for the less mobile or families with very young children. However, once there, you’ll be rewarded with a lovely quiet beach with its very own waterfall.  Read more…

No restrictions:
All year

Widemouth Bay Beach

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.  Read more…

Crooklets Beach

Although a little pebbly at the top, Crooklets offers a huge expanse of golden sand and rock pools to explore once the tide is out. It is popular with surfers, but also families who would prefer a beach without dogs.  Read more…

Northcott Mouth

With towering cliffs on both sides, Northcott is a hauntingly beautiful beach that feels a little like a cove. Children will love exploring the fine sand, many rock pools and stream, which runs down through the beach. Owned by the National Trust, it offers a slightly more secluded alternative to the main beaches.  Read more…

Black Rock Beach

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.  Read more…

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