Just down the road is the spectacular beach at Sandymouth with a small cafe and shop. It is an excellent beach where swimming or surfing is patrolled by lifeguards during the season.. At low tide the beach stretches all the way to Bude some three miles south with some amazing rock formations along the way! There are plenty of rock pools and the abundant sea-life will keep the children amused for hours. The National Trust controls both Sandymouth Beach and much of the surrounding countryside, making it a beautifully preserved area to enjoy. If you are a national trust member, please remember to bring your membership card for free parking.
Duckpool is just north of Sandymouth Beach, located at the end of the beautiful Coombe Valley. Duckpool is a sheltered pebble beach with larger tarces of sand at low tide. The beach is nestled within a wooded valley below very steep cliffs on either side, and harbours a very atmospheric environment, with rock pools, golden sand and a pebbly shelves. This beach is ideal for crabbing and catching small fish in the swarms of the rockpools. This is a recomended spot for experienced surfers, but it is not ideal for swimmers as it has no lifeguards. Toilets are also available, however please be aware that parking is very limited. A pleasaeurable coastal path walk from Sandymouth to Duckpool that can be taken, linking the two beaches together.
Summerlease is one of the most popular beaches in the area not only due to its fantastic location, but the quality of the beach itself. Upon parking your car you will see karting and mini golf at the entrance to the beach. Walking up a little further, sand dunes stretch out to your left where the beach is lined with picturesque huts. Along one end of the beach you will find a large traditional sea pool while on the other side of the beach is the still working Bude canal, which opened in 1819.
This beach has an open, natural swimming pool that is filled with water at high tide. The beach itself is very accessible with a large car park situated close to Bude town center. There are local nature reserves nearby and and cliff and canal walks from other nearby beaches. This beach is sheltered by the breakwater and is exceptional for beach for paddling, making sand castles, crabbing, rock pool fishing, canoeing, surf kayaking and surfing with life guards posted between May and August. This beach also has several amenities including toilets and a cafe/shop. This is a truly exceptional and popular beach having won both the Seaside Award and is recommended by the Good Beach Guide.
Widemouth Bay is a very long open bay and is extremely varied along its length. The north part of this beach is a large and sandy area that becomes more exposed has the tide drops. On either side of this area the sand gives way to some amazing rock formations. This is an exceptional beach for families whether you wish to swim, sunbathe, surf, hunt for marine life in the hundreds of rock pools or just comb the beach for that personal memento, Widemouth offers all this and more. There is ample parking at Widemouth and the sunsets along this wide aspect of sand are fabulous. There are beach shops, surf hire shops and other facilities at Widemouth bay, however there are no life guards, even in peak season.