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B is for Beautiful Beaches

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Being close to the North Cornwall coast, there is a wealth of beautiful beaches to choose from, in fact you can visit a different beach for every day of the week! Here are some of the beaches within a 30 minute drive from the farm....

Summerlease & Crooklets

Bude's two town beaches are one of the reasons it has won awards for the last four years. With plenty of parking and great access they are perfect if you have little ones.

Both beaches have 5* awards for water quality, lifeguard provision and beach huts available to hire.

Summerlease was named by The Times as the UK's Best Town Beach in 2016. Bude Sea Pool has been made famous recently by being named by the Red Bull website in its top 10 "sexy swimming pools" - but if you go exploring on the breakwater, you can find Bude's very first sea pool - a natural rock pool nicknamed Tommy's Pit. At the south end of Summerlease you will find the lock gates leading to Bude Canal.

Crooklets is at the North end of Bude. At low tide, you can easily walk between the two beaches. With some great beachside cafes and children's play areas, it is especially good if you have young children.

Northcott Mouth & Sandymouth

Both National Trust beaches - so great for free parking if you're a NT member. Both have Lifeguard cover during the season.

Northcott Mouth is one of our favourites as its a littler quieter than the main beaches. Limited facilities means its more suitable for older families, but don't forget to visit the tea room which was run by local legend Margaret Frost until 2019. Northcott has also been designated as a bathing water site since 2018.

Sandymouth is another beach best suited for older families as the access is quite steep with lots of steps. There is a great cafe and toilets by the car park - just don't forget you'll have to climb those steps to get back to it though! Whilst you're enjoying the beach, make sure you look out for the waterfall. Sandymouth also has 5* for water quality.

Widemouth Bay & Black Rock

Widemouth Bay has a Blue Flag award and lifeguard provision during the peak season. It is one of the most popular surfing beaches and also very popular with families, with its wide expanse of sand, plenty of parking, toilets and tearooms etc. A rocky outcrop divides the North beach from the South beach- Black Rock.

Black Rock is popular with more experienced surfers due to the big tides and great for rockpooling at low tides - but beware of the tides as the beach is easily cut off!

Millook Haven with Widemouth Bay & Black Rock in the distance

Duckpool & Millook

If you like to explore away from the crowds, then these secluded beaches are just for you. With no lifeguard cover, they should not be considered safe for swimming, but are great places to spot wildlife or to include on a coastal walk. Duckpool is situated to the north of Bude, whilst Millook is to the south.

For more information on beaches around Devon & Cornwall, check out the UK Beach Guide and don't forget to check the tide times before you go! Information on Lifeguard cover on all Bude's beaches can be found on the Visit Bude website, as can information on Beach hut hire. For coastal walks in the area check out iwalkcornwall for inspiration.

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