Summerleaze Beach is Bude’s central hub of sand, surf and sun, and it’s the first port of call for many visitors.
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.
There are superb local surf schools, for example, but you could also try kayaking, sea fishing or sample the thrills of climbing or coasteering with friendly professionals.
Summerleaze Beach also has features that show why Bude is popular for family friendly and disability friendly holidays. Summerleaze offers level access and a flat viewing area, for example, while a cute, sheltered sea pool is ideal for young ones to have a salt water dip. For a serious spot of loafing, there are also cute beach huts to hire.
Ideal for: Relaxing, family fun, beach huts, water sports, surfing.
Accessibility: Level access and flat viewing area. Large car park. Changing Places toilet facility.
Facilities: Outdoor swimming pool, harbour, beach café/bistro, beach office and shop, toilets, RNLI base, beach huts to hire, outdoor activities and surf hire.
Car Parking: Large pay and display parking.
Safety: Seasonal RNLI Lifeguards.
Best time to surf: All tides.
Dog Friendly? Yes, but dogs must be on a lead from 10am to 6pm in July and August.
Awards: Seaside Award.
SW Coast Path: 0.4 miles to Crooklets | to 2.8 miles Widemouth Bay
Location: EX23 8HN.
Directions: 0.5 miles | 3 minutes from the Bude TIC. Turn left at the mini-roundabout. As you approach TSB bank, keep left and drive into the car park. If there are queues, you may prefer to continue ahead and park at Crooklets.